Vomiting In Babies?
km.. my name is Riski Aulia from Central Sulawesi. I want to know, is it normal for a 10 month old baby to occasionally vomit? It just happened about 2 days ago.. the baby sometimes sleeps and suddenly wakes up and vomits normally. the only thing that comes out is the rest of the porridge and milk. I’m worried, maybe my child will get sick. When you’ve been vomiting, you don’t ever cry.. you just want to cry, so here we go again. Please explain, let me know the actual condition. Thank you for your time.
Walaikumsalam, good afternoon Mr. Rizki
Vomiting experienced by children in the form of residual milk is more commonly caused by spitting up, or in medical language called reflux, this is very common in babies. Reflux is the back up of stomach contents into the esophagus. In adults reflux does not occur, because the muscles that surround the lower esophagus in adults function well and close quickly after the entry of food or drink from the esophagus into the stomach. However, in infants, the function of the circular muscle is not yet fully functional, so gastric contents often return to the esophagus. Spitting up generally does not require medical treatment. Prevention of spitting up is by indirectly positioning the baby to lie on his back after feeding or eating, giving your child time to burp while holding your child in an upright position and while gently patting the baby's back.
In addition to normal conditions, vomiting in babies can also be caused by other things, such as:
Gastrointestinal infection, usually accompanied by diarrhea, pyloric stenosis, which is a thickening of the muscle layer that forms between the stomach and intestines. Usually in this disease in addition to experiencing vomiting, the child will also experience a swollen stomach after feeding and there are wavy abdominal movements that are seen after the baby suckles at the time of vomiting. The following are tips to reduce vomiting in children:
breastfeeding position try to always be upright, give the baby time to burp afterwards, if the baby is able to sit up, position the baby in a sitting condition for 30 minutes after feeding do not give breast milk or too much milk, because it can make the baby's stomach full and trigger vomiting not to shake - shake the baby or make the baby too active (running, jumping) after feeding Position the baby's head higher while sleeping Avoid baby clothes or pants that are too tight/narrow If your child is still vomiting or you are worried about your child's condition, I suggest that get your child checked by a doctor (or more specifically a pediatrician). If the vomiting is becoming more frequent, there are signs of dehydration (the child becomes weaker, the tears dry, the eyelids are sunken, and the lining of the mouth is dry), there is a change in the contents of the vomit (e.g. greenish color), accompanied by fever, then you should take your child to the doctor immediately.
I hope this explanation can help.
Regards, dr. Denisa