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Spitting Up in Infants (cont.)

Spitting Up in Infants Treatment

If the child is otherwise well, no specific treatment may be needed other than the feeding techniques mentioned for home care.

Occasionally, the spitting up may be so frequent that the infant may not gain weight appropriately. This is much more concerning and may require specific tests and more aggressive treatment. If the testing confirms gastroesophageal reflux, the treatment may include careful feeding techniques and possibly medications.

Feeding Techniques to prevent Spitting up in Infants

Thickening formula with rice cereal may be helpful. This approach should only be considered after reviewing your child's particular situation with his/her pediatrician.

Medications for Spitting up in Infants

Medications are sometimes prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux. Some medications such as ranitidine (Zantac) help neutralize the stomach acids and protect the sensitive lining of the esophagus, which is being exposed to the stomach acid with the spitting up. Others such as omeprazole (Prilosec) or lansoprazole (Prevacid) help stimulate the stomach to empty into the intestines faster.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

REFERENCE:

Sullivan, Jillian S., and Shikha S. Sundaram. "Gastroesophogeal Reflux." Pediatrics in Review 33 (2012): 243.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2016

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