According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, more than half of all babies experience infant acid reflux during the first three months after birth. More commonly known as “spitting up”, it occurs when milk or solid food in the stomach comes back up into your baby’s esophagus and commonly happens when babies are burped. It is not uncommon to happen when your baby is drooling as well. Babies don’t even notice when they spit up because it is not like vomiting which is more forceful and can be painful. In fact, spitting up is common for most babies, that is until they start on solids, which usually occurs anywhere from 6 month to 1 year of age.
Usually, babies who spit up frequently are considered to be good eaters and many of them are guzzlers who finish their milk too quickly. When they eat so quickly they are swallowing too much air, or have eaten too much, which results in the spitting up. Often times the baby will have bad breath, general fussiness including inconsolable crying, due to the acid in the stomach or may suffer from frequent night waking. As long as your baby continues to gain weight in spite of frequent spit ups, you probably have nothing to be overly concerned about. Always remember; when in doubt ask your pediatrician; that’s what they are there for! There are tests that can be done to determine if your baby has a more severe case of reflux.
A good practice to get into is to keep a burp cloth handy at all times! They are the most useful cleanup tool for babies who suffer from frequent spit ups. They are not only good for catching and absorbing baby spit, they protect your and your baby’s clothes from unwanted stains. Burp cloths come in many varieties and offer yet another way to show your individual style.