Vomiting in babies

It's common for babies to vomit often in the early weeks as they adjust to feeding and as their bodies develop.

When to worry about Vomiting in baby ?

During your baby's first few months, vomiting is probably caused by mild feeding problems, such as his tummy being too full. After the first few months, a sudden onset of vomiting is more likely to be caused by a tummy infection, such as gastroenteritis. This type of infection is often accompanied by diarrhoea.

Vomiting can be a symptom of more serious illnesses. If your baby spits up more than 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following warning signs in your baby:

  • Signs of dehydration, including a dry mouth, lack of tears, floppiness, and fewer wet nappies than usual (fewer than six nappies a day).
  • Fever.
  • Refusal to breastfeed or drink his formula milk.
  • Vomiting for more than 12 hours, or vomiting with great force.
  • A non-blanching rash, which is a rash that doesn't fade when the skin is pressed.
  • Sleepiness or severe irritability.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • A swollen abdomen.
  • Blood or bile (a green substance) in the vomit.
  • Persistent forceful vomiting in a newborn within half an hour of eating

Home remedies to deal with vomiting in baby ?

 Stay calm and don't panic otherwise you can create a mess, try doing few remedies and call doctor side by side:
  • Keep baby hydrated: When your baby vomits. It's important to replace them so he doesn't get dehydrated as baby losing precious fluids. You may be able to give him sips of oral rehydration solution (ORS), a few times an hour, alongside his usual breastmilk or full-strength formula, and water. Check with your Doctor before trying this, though but make sure that you don't give your baby fruit juices or fizzy drinks.
  • Ease your baby into his routine: If your baby hasn't vomited for 12 hours to 24 hours, you can begin moving back to his usual diet. But keep giving him plenty of fluids such as his usual milk. If your baby is eating solid foods, start with easy-to-digest foods such as cereal or yoghurt.
  • Rest is the Best: Sleep may also help to settle your baby from Vomit. The stomach often empties into the intestines during sleep, relieving baby need to vomit.
  • Burping your baby after every 30-40 ml while feeding.
  • Bottle Nipple: Making sure the hole in your bottle's nipple is not too large (for bottle-fed babies). If milk continues to drip out when you turn the bottle upside down, the hole is probably too large. Try replacing the nipple with one with a smaller hole.
  • Avoiding too much activity immediately after feeding.
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