Vomiting In Babies: What Is Normal & What's Not

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Vomiting In Babies: What Is Normal & What's Not

Vomiting in babies is a pretty common cause of concern among new parents. It is tough to project how much milk is okay for a baby’s hunger and what’s not. Unfortunately, parents have to deal with this situation with proper attention and care. Vomiting can happen even without having a fever in babies. However, on the positive side, vomiting in babies go away on their own. Vomiting in babies does not require any medical intervention, except for a bath, change of clothes, and lots of cuddling.


Possible Causes of Vomiting

Here are some of the most common reasons for vomiting in babies.

 

  • Reflux

If your baby brings up milk right after a breastfeeding or bottle feed, he may have reflux. It happens because the oesophagus (the tube that carries food to the stomach) is still developing. And thus, milk can sometimes returns up after feeding and comes out from your baby’s nose or mouth. This situation gets normal by the age of 4 to 5 months as your baby’s digestive system matures.

If you see that your baby is dribbling some milk after each feed, this may not be the case with reflux. So, in this type of situation, talk to your baby’s doctor.

 

  • Stomach Infection

The immunity system on babies takes some time to get fully developed, and thus, they are more likely to get infected with viruses and bacteria. So, he may have diarrhoea or stomach pain that can cause vomiting.

In most cases, viruses need to run their course, and thus, your baby needs extra care and cuddle at home. And once the virus course is completed, your baby will be fine soon.

 

  • Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a health condition when a body is unable to digest lactose. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and milk products. Thus, it causes an upset stomach, bloating, gas, and diarrhoea.


How can I treat my baby's vomiting?

Vomiting is not something to worry about, however, this situation has to be handled with care and hygiene. Vomiting leads to water loss from the body, thus you must ensure your baby may not suffer from dehydration.

If your baby is below the age of 6 months, exclusively breastfeeding is one of the best solutions to this vomiting problem. Along with breastfeeding, burping your baby can help your baby to deal with reflux. However, if your baby is suffering from any stomach infection, seek your doctor’s advice to get the best treatment for your little one.

 

For babies above the age of 6 months, along with breastfeeding, boiled and then cooled water to drink will be helpful to your baby. Avoid giving fruit juices and fizzy drinks to your baby as they can make the situation worse. If you are concerned about dehydration in your baby, you can give Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) to your baby. This is a special type of drink that helps to replace any sugars, salts or minerals your little one may have lost through vomiting. You may also seek your doctor’s advice on this matter.

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