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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy spitter


The first time I saw Dannielle spit -up, I was worried. I was not that well-knowledgeable about spitting-up. Reading the handbook given by a pediatrician at the Women's hospital relieved me from worrying. I read and grasped all the tips and info. Such handbook truly is a big help.

It says that there is nothing to worry about as long as the baby is a "happy spitter and does "gain weight" despite of spitting-up.

About 40 percent of young babies spit up regularly. The peak age for spitting up is 4 months.Spitting-up usually resolves when the baby reach her first bday. When the baby takes in air along with her breast milk or formula, the air gets trapped in with the liquid. The air has to come up, and when it does, so does some of the liquid.A newborn's digestive system isn't fully developed, either. The muscles at the bottom of your baby's esophagus, which control whether food is coming or going, may still be getting up to speed.

Dannielle still is a happy spitter. I just do the following to avoid her from spitting-up :

  • Avoid overfeeding. Smaller and frequent feedings will empty the stomach faster.
  • Minimize intake of air during feeding. If the bottle is too low, the baby can swallow air, causing gas and crying. Too much movement may cause reflux.
  • Burp your baby after each feeding.
  • Keep the pressure off his tummy. Make sure your baby's clothing and diaper aren't too tight, and don't put his tummy over your shoulder when you burp him.
  • Don't jiggle the baby during and after feeding. Sitting and lying on the back makes reflux worse. Hold the baby in your arms as much as you can.
  • Sit her in an upright position after feeding
  • Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke. This relaxes the esophageal sphincter.

1 comments:

Shebadoo said...

Hi Lira,

My baby Liam is a happy spitter, too! He is 5 months old today and still spits often. I follow all the tips to reduce the spitting except for sitting him upright after feeding. He spits more if his tummy is pressed when seated on my lap. It is better if he is semi-upright on his bouncer after a feed. :)

Mama Sheryl
Aha Mama
A Zone for Digiscraps

 

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