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Spitting up is when a baby spits out breast milk, formula, or other
food during or shortly after feeding. It is different from vomiting, which is
forceful. Spitting up is effortless and does not seem to cause the baby any
Some babies spit up for no reason. Other babies spit up because the
valve at the top of the stomach does not close completely (reflux). Spitting up
caused by reflux usually goes away as the baby gets older.
Frequent burping during feeding helps reduce the amount of spit-up. Also, keeping the baby upright for 30 minutes after feeding can
Spitting up usually happens less often when the baby is older than 4 months
and starts eating solid food. Most babies stop spitting up by the age of 9
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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