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Donna Murray, RN, BSN

Spitting Up and Vomiting

By September 5, 2012

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Spitting up is common, even in breastfed infants. It occurs more often in newborns and tends to get better as the baby gets older and the digestive tract matures. Spitting up can also result from overeating, a food sensitivity, or air in your baby's stomach.

Some infants spit up occasionally and others spit up after every feeding. It should not be painful. Usually the milk just eases out the baby's mouth. It may look like a lot but it's often just a small amount of the feeding. Spitting up is normal and not usually a cause for concern.

Vomiting is not the same as spitting up. Vomiting is forceful and usually shoots out of the baby's mouth. If it only occurs once in a while, it is probably not a problem, however, repeated vomiting could be a sign of infection, illness or something more serious.

Call your baby's doctor if your baby has been vomiting for 24 hours, has a fever, is unable to keep any of the feedings down or appears to be in pain.

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