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Baby spitting up

Baby spitting up

Babies commonly spit up since the sphincter at the top of the stomach is often loose. In healthy babies who are growing well, the spit-up is mostly milk, rather than stomach acid. On average spitting up peaks at 4 months and is over by about 7 months of age, though it can take longer. To help reduce spitting up, burp the baby several times during and after feeding.


Review Date: 8/2/2011
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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