What happens if my baby doesn't burp?

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asked Sep 9 in Baby/Newborn by aviersmit (1,110 points)
What happens if my baby doesn't burp?

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answered Sep 9 by Gingervitis (1,770 points)

If a baby does not burp after feeding then they can have trapped gas in their stomach which can lead to spitting up, fussiness and crankiness.

An important part of feeding a baby is burping.

Burping helps to get rid of some of the air that babies tend to swallow during feeding.

Not being burped often and swallowing too much air can make a baby spit up, or seem cranky or gassy.

Spitting up and vomiting are similar but when a baby is spitting up it means that the stomach contents are flowing with ease and not forcefully.

Vomiting is when the baby's stomach contents are forcefully coming up.

Spitting up is the easy flow of a baby's stomach contents through his or her mouth, possibly with a burp.

Vomiting occurs when the flow is forceful — shooting out inches rather than dribbling from the mouth.

It's normal for babies to spit up after feeding or at other times.

However if the baby spits up too often or spits of more forcefully, spits up yellow or green fluid, isn't gaining weight, or spits up blood or spits up material that looks like coffee grounds or refuses feedings then you should be concerned about the baby spitting up and take them to urgent care or the hospital.

To stop your baby from vomiting after feeding start by feeding the baby more slowly by giving the baby a little bit of formula at a time.

Then wait a minute two minutes to allow the baby to swallow the formula.

Then repeat the process until the baby has eaten all the formula or has eaten enough of the formula.

  1. feed your baby smaller amounts of formula more often.
  2. feed your baby slowly.
  3. burp your baby after the feeding.
  4. hold your baby's head and chest up while feeding.
  5. hold your baby upright after a feeding.

If your baby vomits after formula feeding it could be that the baby has been overfed and is full or they may have an intolerance to the formula.

The baby may also be swallowing the formula too fast so you may need to slow down the feeding rate by feeding the baby a little bit of formula at a time.

Overfeeding a baby can cause vomiting.

Or if the baby is intolerant to the formula or they have an upset stomach that can also cause baby to vomit during feeding or after feeding.

In formula-fed babies, vomiting may happen after overfeeding, or because of an intolerance to formula.

In breastfed or formula-fed babies, a physical condition that prevents normal digestion may cause vomiting.

Talk with your baby's doctor right away if your baby is: Vomiting forcefully or often.

Babies can be overfed especially when the baby is bottle fed.

If the baby is overfed then they will likely spit up the rest of the milk.

However when a baby gets full they will sometimes push the bottle way or unlatch from the breast.

If the baby pushes the bottle away or removes themselves from the breast then they are likely full and don't want anymore milk.

Overfeeding a baby often causes the baby discomfort because he or she can't digest all of the breast milk or formula properly.

When fed too much, a baby may also swallow air, which can produce gas, increase discomfort in the belly, and lead to crying.

Overfeeding baby is very rare, but it can happen.

It's more common in bottle-fed babies, simply because it's easier for parents to see how much food their child is consuming.

It also takes less effort to drink from a bottle, so babies (who love to suck) may inadvertently get too much milk while feeding.

Common signs that you're overfeeding your baby include.

Gassiness or burping.

Frequent spit up.

Vomiting after eating.

Fussiness, irritability or crying after meals.

Gagging or choking.

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