Spitting up is normal and completely harmless for most infants. When the spitting up or vomiting becomes too frequent, your child may have Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER). This reflux is a result of an immature digestive system and the poor closure of the valve (ring of muscle) at the upper end of the stomach. Most reflux or spitting up occurs during or after a meal, when the stomach, or tube that connects the stomach, is full. GER can begin during the first few weeks of life, peaking around 4 months and ending by 12 months of age. As long as your baby is not experiencing any discomfort and is making the appropriate weight gain, he/she is a healthy and normal infant.
Boys Town Pediatric Gastroenterology offers parents tips to help reduce GER:
Contact your physician right away if your child’s condition is severe, worsens or you notice the following symptoms:
Always contact your physician if you have questions or concerns about your baby’s health. If GER symptoms continue, you may choose to see a Pediatric Gastroenterologist—a medical doctor who specializes in the digestive health care of infants, children and adolescents.