Why Is My Baby Throwing Up once they Don’t Have a Fever?
From the very minute you meet, your baby will amaze — and alarm — you. It can feel like there’s just so much to worry about. And baby vomiting may be a pretty common cause for concern among new parents — who knew such volume and projectile throw-up could come from such a small baby?
Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to get used to this to some extent. Many common baby and childhood illnesses can cause vomiting. This can happen albeit your baby doesn’t have a fever or other symptoms.
But on the plus side, most causes of baby vomiting get away on their own. Your baby likely won’t need treatment — apart from a shower , change of garments , and a few serious cuddling. Other, less common, causes of vomiting might need a visit to your baby’s pediatrician.
Vomit or spit-up?
It are often difficult to inform the difference between vomit and spit-up. Both might look an equivalent since your baby is currently on a gentle of diet of milk or formula. The main difference is in how they come out.
Spit-up usually happens before or after a burp and is commonest in babies under the age of 1 year. Spit-up will easily be due your baby’s mouth — almost like white, milky drool.
Vomit typically comes out forcefully (whether you’re a baby or an adult). This is because vomiting happens when the muscles around the stomach are triggered by the brain’s “vomiting center” to squeeze it. This forces whatever is in the stomach to be hurled out.
Possible causes of vomiting without a fever
Babies need to learn everything from scratch, including the way to feed and keep the milk down. Along with spit-up, your baby may vomit occasionally after being fed. This is most common in the first month of life.
It happens because your baby’s tummy is still getting used to digesting food. They also have to learn to not gulp milk down too fast or overfeed.
Post-feeding vomiting typically stops after the first month. Give your baby more frequent, smaller feeds to assist stop the vomit.
But let your pediatrician know if your baby vomits often or has very forceful vomits. In some cases, it might be a sign of something other than feeding difficulty.
Also known as the tummy bug or “stomach flu,” gastroenteritis is a common cause of vomiting in babies and children. Your baby may have cycles of vomiting that come and choose about 24 hours.
Other symptoms in babies may last for 4 days or longer:
Ø watery, runny poop or mild diarrhea
Ø irritability or crying
Ø poor appetite
Ø stomach cramps and pain
The tummy bug also can cause a fever, but this is often actually less common in babies.
Gastroenteritis usually looks a lot worse than it is (thank goodness!). It’s typically caused by a virus that goes away by itself in about a week.
In babies, severe gastroenteritis can lead to dehydration. Call your pediatrician immediately if your baby has any signs of dehydration:
Ø dry skin, mouth, or eyes
Ø unusual sleepiness
Ø no wet diapers for 8 to 12 hours
Ø weak cry
Ø crying without tears
In some ways, babies really are like tiny adults. Just like adults of any age can have acid reflux or GERD, some babies have infant reflux. This can cause baby vomiting within the first weeks or months of your baby’s life.
Vomiting from acid reflux happens when the muscles at the top of the stomach are too relaxed. This triggers baby vomiting shortly after feeding.
In most cases, the stomach muscles strengthen, and your baby’s vomiting goes away on its own. Meanwhile, you can help slow down the vomiting by:
Ø avoiding overfeeding
Ø giving smaller, more frequent feeds
Ø burping your baby often
Ø propping your baby up in an upright position for about 30 minutes after feeding
You can also thicken milk or formula with more formula or a touch of baby cereal. Caveat: Check with your pediatrician before you try this. It might not be suitable for all babies.
Cold and flu
Babies catch colds and flus easily because they need shiny new immune systems that are still developing. It doesn’t help if they’re in day care with other sniffling kiddos, or they’re around adults that can’t resist kissing their little faces. Your baby may have up to seven colds in their first year alone.
Cold and flu can cause different symptoms in babies. Along with a runny nose, your baby can also have vomiting without a fever.
Too much mucus in the nose (congestion) can lead to a nasal drip in the throat. This can trigger bouts of forceful coughing that sometimes cause vomiting in babies and youngsters.
As in adults, colds and flu in babies are viral and get away after a few week. In some cases, sinus congestion may turn into an infection. Your baby will need antibiotics to treat any bacterial — not viral — infection.
When to see a doctor
See your baby’s pediatrician if your baby has vomiting for extended than 12 hours. Babies can get dehydrated quickly if they’re vomiting.
Get immediate medical attention if your baby is vomiting and has other symptoms and signs like:
Ø pain or discomfort
Ø constant or forceful coughing
Ø hasn’t had a wet diaper for 3 to 6 hours
Ø refusing to feed
Ø dry lips or tongue
Ø few or no tears when crying
Ø extra tired or sleepy
Ø weakness or floppy
Ø won’t smile
Ø swollen or bloated stomach
Ø blood in diarrhea
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