For the first 4 months of life, spit-up occurs in more than half of all infants. This is not a problem as most babies happily spit-up regularly and gain weight appropriately. If you are still concerned and want to help your baby spit up less, here are some ideas to try:
- Feed your baby less food but at more frequent intervals
- Burp your baby after each feeding
- Have your baby sit as upright as possible, or hold your baby upright against you to give him or her a chance to digest the food they've taken in
- Dress your baby in clothes that don't press against the belly, and make sure diapers aren't too tight
- Believe it or not, second hand cigarette smoke increases spitting up! Another reason to quit smoking
If these measures don't help or you feel there may be a more serious issue, speak to your pediatrician about other treatments such as changing formulas or using a prescription medication. And of course, you can visit your Big Y Pharmacy and Wellness Center if you need additional information as well.