Posted by Rowena on August 11, 2003 at 16:21:33:
In Reply to: Spitting Up - 10 Week old boy posted by Mark on August 11, 2003 at 12:12:16:
There is a ring of muscle (valve) at the top of the stomach which opens to allow fluid and food to enter the stomach, the valve then closes. Often, in babies, this valve relaxes and opens at the wrong time, so this allows milk and/or food to flow back up the esophagus, and possibly out of the mouth. This is called gastro-esophageal reflux.
Gastro-esphageal reflux (GOR)occurs in approx 50% of babies. If the baby is happy and healthy, not troubled by the spitting up and is gaining enough weight then it requires no treatment, as the child will generally outgrow it by the time they are sitting independently. For these babies it is more of a laundry problem for parents than a problem for the baby.
A small number of babies can suffer with more severe symptoms associated with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD). 1) Where the child vomits such huge amounts they fail to gain weight or possibly loose weight. 2)Where stomach acid rises with the milk and burns the esophagus causing extreme distress, hours of none stop screaming, sleeplessness and possibly feeding problems. It doesn't sound like your little one fits into this category.
Things you could try to reduce the vomiting include:
1. Change diapers before feeding.
2. Feed baby in a semi upright position.
3. Slowing down the feed - take a little longer.
4. Avoid over feeding.
5. Burp baby frequently during feeding.
6. Hold baby upright for 15 or 20 minutes following a feed.
7. Offering smaller feeds more frequently.
8. Try thickened milk feeds (AR formula).
9. Avoid fruit juice or acidic fruits.
Hope this helps.