Normal Baby Spit-up: Is Your Baby Healthy?
Pediatric gastroenterologist Graciela Wetzler, M.D., explains the causes of infant vomiting—and how to alleviate it.
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- Poor weight gain (due to lack of caloric intake)
- Excessive crying
- Respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, hoarseness, or pneumonia
- Arching, hiccups, or funny faces (such as tongue extrusion)
- Feeding difficulties, such as pushing the nipple away
- Gagging or choking, which can be dangerous in young babies since they may stop breathing and turn blue
If you're worried your baby's spit-up isn't normal and might be caused by GERD, consult with your doctor. He or she may recommend medical therapies including a hypoallergenic formula or the use of antacids.
Written by Graciela Wetzler, M.D., pediatric gastroenterologist at the Children's Hospital of Brooklyn at Maimonides Medical Center.