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It is normal for a baby to gulp (regurgitate) until around 7 months of age, as the baby's stomach is easily full, which causes a small amount of vomiting, also known as a 'gulp'. This is something that happens more easily in newborns or small babies, as they have a smaller stomach, which easily becomes full.
The gulp happens when the baby's stomach becomes too full, which causes the valve that closes the passage to the stomach to open easily, which causes the baby to regurgitate milk. In addition, sluggishness can also happen due to excess air in the baby's stomach, which happens in babies who swallow a lot of air during a feed. In this case, the air will occupy a large volume in the stomach, eventually pushing the milk upwards, thus causing a small vomiting.
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How to avoid the Slug
To prevent the baby from spitting, it is important to prevent the baby from swallowing too much air during a feed or from ingesting large amounts of milk, so that his stomach does not become too full.
Furthermore, other precautions to be taken to avoid slugging include burping the baby after eating and ensuring that you only lie down after 30 minutes, and making sudden movements after feeding is not recommended. Learn more at Tips to reduce baby spitting.
When the gulf can be a problem
To be normal, the baby's gulf must have a whitish color, and there may also be traces of blood, which indicate that the mother's nipples may be cracked, for example.
However, in certain situations the baby's gulf may not be normal, and it is recommended to consult the pediatrician when the baby:
- Difficulty gaining weight or losing weight;
- Does not want to eat;
- Is constantly irritable or has intense crying, especially after snorting;
- Has excessive hiccups or excessive saliva production;
- Has difficulty breathing after the gulf;
- Has a greenish gulf;
- Feels uncomfortable or restless during feeding.
When the gulf has some of these characteristics, it may indicate that the baby has reflux problems or bowel obstruction, for example, and in these situations it is important to consult the pediatrician or go to the hospital as soon as possible, so that the cause of the problem can be identified and treated appropriately. One of the problems with regurgitation is that it increases the risk of respiratory arrest or pneumonia, as the contents of the stomach can pass into the baby's lungs.
Between 8 months and 1 year of age, the baby's frequent snorts are no longer normal, since the baby can already adopt an upright posture and the foods he eats are already solid or pasty, being more difficult to regurgitate because they are thicker.