Sicky Babies

Sicky Babies

When babies are first born, and in those early weeks, it is very common for them to bring up milk – their digestive system is still getting used to working in the world!

Why does it happen?
In the first year of life the muscle at the top of your baby’s stomach is still developing and may allow milk and acid to come back up in the form of a ‘posset’ or ‘spit up’. It is common in the first three months and normally stops by the time they are one year old.

In most babies, sick is nothing to worry about (as long as they are healthy and gaining weight as expected) although you may be finding it quite a large laundry problem!

Some babies may cry or seem irritable, or have hiccups/coughs – while it is hard for us as parents to see this, sick still generally doesn’t need medical investigation. Sometimes positioning and attachment support with breast/bottle feeding can be helpful.

In some rare cases a baby will be diagnosed with GORD (gastro-oesophageal reflux disease). If you feel like your baby is being sick very often, is in pain and unsettled after feeding and is not gaining weight as expected contact your GP.

Links:

https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-challenges/reflux/
https://abm.me.uk/breastfeeding-information/reflux/

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