You will see that your baby often removes what he eats, especially in the first months, and this is very severe from time to time. But in fact, the issue of vomiting in babies works a little differently than you might imagine. Let’s see why babies vomit, is the vomiting baby sick?
Let’s distinguish between vomiting and spitting reflexes in babies.
You may find that your baby produces white and occasionally solidified patches immediately after feeding, especially in the newborn period. This condition is colloquially known as “Baby vomiting like cheese” and will probably be called vomiting right away in your head. But it’s actually some food mixed with mucus and saliva! Babies usually have this reflex:
- Reflux (For detailed information on this subject: Lambs Burn: Reflux in Babies ),
- The shortness of the tube between the esophagus and the stomach,
- They show because of mucus that cannot be expelled. While they are experiencing this, they do not make any effort, the event develops spontaneously. This situation occurs in almost all babies, we can almost say that it is one of the necessities of infancy.
Vomiting is something else! This is a situation in which almost all the food in the stomach is squirted out with great force, through the mouth and sometimes even the nose. If you encounter such a situation, you can start looking for a health problem underneath. But it is a very innocent situation that we mentioned above.
So why do babies vomit?
Your baby’s vomiting is usually caused by stomach problems or an illness caused by a virus. You may experience vomiting if:
- common cold ,
- Ear or urinary tract inflammation
- Pyloric stenosis (Gastrointestinal passage stenosis),
- Severe coughing and crying attacks,
- Food allergy.
These are conditions that often affect vomiting. However, there may be other reasons behind the baby’s vomiting. You can learn more about the causes and accompanying symptoms of the baby’s vomiting from the table we have prepared.
|Symptoms accompanying vomiting||Causes|
|The baby sheds a little milk at or after feeding, but the weight and feeding are good.||It is normal and harmless.|
|Even though the baby seems fine, he vomits during or immediately after feeding.||Your baby may not be able to chew yet. So don’t be in a rush to switch to solid foods. You can feed it purees for now. Let’s help: Savior of Mothers Switching Baby to Solid Food: Vegetable Purees!|
|The baby has a runny nose, stuffy nose and is coughing.||He may be vomiting because he has swallowed the mucus caused by a cold. Cough can also cause vomiting. You should consult a doctor.|
|You offered your baby new solid foods, after which he started vomiting and passing watery stools.||It could be a food allergy.|
|Your baby has a fever and diarrhea, not looking well.||It is most likely a microbial condition.|
|During the trip, the baby looks pale and quiet, has nausea.||It probably took off.|
|There is pain around the navel and in the right groin.||See a doctor right away, it could be appendicitis.|
|Bloody and mucous stools are accompanied by severe abdominal pain.||Intestinal obstruction may occur, consult a doctor immediately.|
|When he bends his neck forward, he has pain and is disturbed by the light.||See a doctor right away, it could be meningitis.|
Viral, allergy or stomach-induced vomiting will disappear spontaneously within 12-24 hours. But if it lasts longer than this and the baby is experiencing these unexpected situations, there may be a much more serious problem:
- Presence of blood and bile in the vomit
- Very severe and repetitive
- Not removing wet diapers for more than 8 hours,
- Being unresponsive and sluggish
- Crying holding her stomach.
These are all very serious symptoms. It is especially thought-provoking that there is blood in the vomit. This can be caused by cracks in your baby’s esophagus and can be a sign of problems such as appendicitis.
What is good for vomiting in babies?
- When the baby vomits, he will lose a large amount of fluid. That’s why you need to make sure he gets fluids. But don’t give it right after you vomit, you should wait 30-60 minutes for it to come to your senses.
- Not giving fluids thinking that they will make him nauseous again can create bigger problems.
- You can use oral rehydration solutions (sugar and salt water solution). These solutions prevent fluid loss and are very effective on vomiting and diarrhea.
- If vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea, you should avoid fruit juices or carbonated drinks.
- If you are breastfeeding your baby, you can continue in this process.
- If he is eating solid foods, you can give grain foods, bananas, crackers, toast.
- You need to calm him down and let him rest. Sleep can also help calm his stomach.
What should you do if your baby is vomiting because of a food allergy?
Some food allergies may improve over time, but some may be permanent. If there is no diagnosed allergy, you can tell by observing your baby. Before your baby vomits, examine the foods you give him and see if there are any foods that cause allergies. If your baby’s vomiting stopped when you cut this food, you may think that it is due to a food allergy.