In general, every baby experience vomiting which often causes parents to become anxious and worry. Vomiting or spitting milk in babies is not something to be overlooked. Vomiting can cause your baby to choke, breathless and be fatal. As a caring parent, it is very important that you know the reasons for baby vomiting.
Excessive milk supply
One of the causes of your child’s vomiting is because they are given too much baby milk. If your baby often has nausea, vomiting, or coughing after feeding more than 5 times a day, your doctor may recommend adding a thickening agent or prescribe special antacid medications for babies that can be mixed with baby milk. The function of this antacid drug is to neutralize the acid in your baby’s stomach.
It is common for your child to vomit more frequently during the first few months of each baby’s life. This is because children are adjusting to breastfeeding and their upbringing. This vomiting is also called reflux problem. This problem is caused by the oesophagus muscle that is supposed to act as a ‘door’ to prevent the stomach contents from ‘rising up’ is not fully functioning yet.
Cough or other infection
Coughs due to infection in the throat or lungs can also cause the baby to vomit. There are also babies who are suffocated from choking or swallowing vomit and causing respiratory problems. Stomach inflammation and small intestines are also other causes of vomiting. Usually this vomit contains mucus or phlegm. Get a doctor’s check if your cough and phlegm continue to interfere with baby’s feeding.
Wrong breastfeeding technique
Improper techniques can also cause your babies to have some difficulty in breastfeeding while lying down. Therefore, try to position the baby’s head in an upright position during breastfeeding. And burp the baby every time after breastfeeding. In addition, the wrong fixation of the nipple causes the baby to suck in too much air with breast milk which is the cause of their bloated stomach and frequent vomiting.
Although vomiting is normal for most babies, do not hesitate to see a doctor if your baby’s vomiting is accompanied by these symptoms:
- The baby’s abdomen is swollen
- A sign of spasm
- Severe persistent vomiting or persistent vomiting for over 24 hours
- There are signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, lack of tears, shrinking and less urine (using less than six diapers a day).
- Vulnerable vomiting, especially in children less than 1 month old
- Accompanied by high fever, above 38 degrees
- Vomiting containing blood
- Vomiting of green fluid
- Vomiting after a head injury
- Appears confused, drowsy, tired, and inactive
- Difficult to eat or drink
In conclusion, the baby is always vomiting either after breastfeeding or at any time is not dangerous unless it shows the effects mentioned above. Get further examination and advice from a paediatrician to resolve this.