Feeding issues in infants are a major cause of concern for new parents. Spitting up is common during or after infant feeding, and some babies spit up more than others. Whereas baby spit-ups are characterized by the easy flow of stomach contents out of a baby's mouth (frequently after a burp), vomiting is much more forceful. According to our friends at Healthychildren.org, frequent spit-ups may be attributed to the type of baby formula you are using:
- Some infants may tolerate one formula more than another without having an actual allergy to the ingredients.
- An estimated 5% of infants have difficulty simply digesting the proteins found in cow's milk-based formula or soy baby formula.
- Only a subset of infants has frequent, "effortless" vomiting caused by acid reflux, a condition attributable to weakness in the stomach muscle that prevents milk from regurgitating. When acid reflux causes irritability, arching of the body or crying, which all interfere with infant feeding, your pediatrician may wish to evaluate your child and prescribe medication.
- The vast majority of frequent spit-ups—together with gassiness, erratic feeding problems, irritability and changes in stools—may signal that it's time to speak with your baby's pediatrician about switching formula.