Spitting Up in Infants (cont.)
Spitting Up in Infants Treatment
Self-Care at Home
Because spitting up is normal in infants, no treatment is required if the child is otherwise healthy and developing well. However, some changes in the feeding technique may help reduce the number of episodes or the amount of the spitting up.
The following feeding techniques may help with spitting up:
- Burp the infant frequently (after every 1-2 ounces) to prevent the build-up of air in the stomach.
- Feed more slowly to allow the stomach contents more time to empty into the intestines.
- Be careful not to feed too much at a time and to stop feeding when the infant seems full.
- Keep the infant upright after feeding for at least 15 minutes. This allows gravity to help prevent the stomach contents from coming up.
- Try to avoid significant activity immediately after feeds. Agitation of the stomach contents may result in more spitting up.
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