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Spitting Up in Infants

Spitting Up in Infants Overview

Spitting up is the mild vomiting or regurgitation of food, milk, and saliva that can occur in infants. Spitting up is not forceful and does not contain large amounts of food and fluids.

  • Spitting up is very common among normal infants. Fewer than half of infants spit up on a regular basis, and almost all infants spit up at least once in a while.
  • Spitting up usually occurs right after feeding or burping. The spit up fluid may look just like the formula or milk that was just fed or may appear slightly curdled. The amount of fluid spit up is usually just a small portion of the feeding, but it often appears to be much more.
  • The infant seems otherwise well and does not seem hungry until the next feeding. Gentle patting on the infant's back should be all that is required during a spitting up episode.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014

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