You may feel really bad when you see your baby vomiting after every feeding. Often the sight makes you worried as you might think it’s abnormal to vomit like that and possibly she is suffering from a serious illness.
There may be a couple of reasons for this vomiting. It could be just because you have overfed your child, or may be due to the baby having kept in a wrong position while feeding. Also, vomiting can be caused by acid reflux.
Usually, the first assumption you make on hearing your baby cry is that she is hungry. But this may not be the case always. Without knowing this you will feed your baby right away and she will end up vomiting the milk. To avoid this, make sure that you keep track on the feeding schedule of your baby.
If you follow her feeding schedule correctly, then you will probably think of other reasons for her cries. Check her diapers and ensure they are not wet and see if she is sleepy. A baby can cry because of these reasons too. So, before you decide to feed her make sure she is crying for food itself.
Also make sure that your baby is held at a right position when being fed. The recommended position for feeding your baby is at a 45 degree angle. This will prevent her from taking in too much air which may cause vomiting.
Another thing to be taken care of is the size of the hole in your baby’s feeding bottle nipple. It should be neither too big nor too small. It should be just big enough to let the milk pass through. Also lift up your child to 90 degrees position after feeding so that she can burp and expel any air blocked inside her stomach.
How should I deal with vomiting?
Keep him hydrated: The main problem with vomiting is that it dehydrates your baby fast. So you should take extra care to keep him hydrated. An easy method to do this will be to give him sips of ORS or oral rehydration solution, like Dioralyte. This can be administered orally a few times an hour, alongside his full-strength formula, breast milk and water. Avoid giving carbonated drinks or fruit juices.
Ease him back into his routine: When your baby finally starts the road to recovery and hasn’t vomited for the last 12 to 24 hours, try to introduce his normal diet. But always make sure you give him plenty of fluids. Cereals or yogurts will be preferred at this time as they are easily digestible. Frozen clear liquids such as ice lollies can also be given if your child is over 12 months.
Help him to rest: Make sure he gets adequate rest as sleep may also help to soothe your baby. In addition to this, it’s during the sleep that the stomach empties into the intestines. This will reduce the tendency to vomit.
When in spite of doing all this, your baby is still in distress don’t waste any more time and consult his pediatrician immediately. This will also help us determine whether he is suffering from acid reflux or not.
Don't administer over the counter or prescribed anti-nausea unless your GP has prescribed them specifically.
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