Health Tip: When Babies Spit Up

It's not vomiting, and it's normal

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(HealthDay News) -- Spitting up, medically called reflux, is common in babies after a feeding.

It's not vomiting, and occurs when food or liquid from the baby's stomach comes back up through the esophagus. It tends to happens after they've eaten too much, or when being burped.

Here are suggestions to help reduce spitting up, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Feed your baby in an upright position.
  • When bottle feeding, stop to burp the infant every three to five minutes.
  • Don't lay your baby down right after a feeding.
  • Add rice cereal to your baby's formula, with your doctor's approval.
  • Try feeding less milk more often.

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