Downpouring in babies is not vomiting
What is the downpour of food and why does it appear in some babies?
Downpouring in infants results from the physiological immaturity of the sphincter located between the esophagus and the stomach, the so-called esophageal sphincter. Like the throat and nose, which are very close together in a small child, it can happen that during a downpour, milk comes out not only by mouth, but also by the nose, which looks pretty scary, and it also happens often. Fortunately, the downpour is for the baby painless and passes with the maturity of the digestive system, usually around 6 months of age.
The most common reason for milk spilling from the breast or from the bottle is greedy sucking along with swallowing air and poor feeding position - baby head too low.
Other sources of downpour are food intolerance, also called allergy to milk proteins, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which the pediatrician should diagnose. Sometimes it also happens during a feeding mum in breastfeeding mothers, or in the case of too large and abundant breastfeeding during longer breaks.
Spilled baby food is milk that comes back from the esophagus to the mouth, or after a long time after feeding, from the stomach and then it is acid and irritating esophagus. Mostly every toddler falls after feeding, after bouncing. But unfortunately it happens, as in the case of our son, pouring a large amount of milk from a distance.
Downpouring in babies. Effective advice from mom
Due to the high frequency and downpour of our child after each drinking of milk, these situations were regularly consulted with a pediatrician. We implemented his advice and ideas in our lives, but unfortunately they were mostly ineffective or even dangerous.
So maybe I'll start with what I do not recommend and what can do more harm than help - thickening the milk with a Nutriton mixture or other thickener (locust bean gum, rice gruel). In our case, the condensed milk returned to the baby's throat and nose and got stuck there, the toddler was not able to cough it out himself. For us it was a very dangerous situation and coughing up the child, patting him on the back, on our knees head down, when he was losing his breath and getting blue, nothing pleasant.
After such an experience, we waited this hard period of several months on breast milk and from 3 months of milk from the bottle, without thickeners, without gruel and without drinking porridges.
I recommend it because we have tested and effective methods that help parents and a child with a downpour:
- Laying the baby in a semi-sitting position for feeding and important - calm place, no noise diffusers, strong light, calm baby feeding corner without rush.
- More frequent but shorter (smaller in milk quantity) feeding.
- Laying to sleep in a cot or in a pram wedge, i.e. an elevated sponge cushion and necessarily on the side - then we minimize the possibility of choking a child with receding food.
- Bouncing your toddler after each feeding, up to 10-15 minutes in an upright position. The better a child bounces and falls in this way.
Calmness and patience for parents! Pouring in babies, like teething or colic, passes over time.
When do you need treatment from a specialist?
- If the downpour in infants is so intense and abundant that the child will pay more than he eats and thus does not gain weight properly.
- When the poured milk is green or brown (suspected pyloric stenosis)
- When a rainstorm is accompanied by abdominal pain, fever, anxiety, vomiting.
Often, downpour is confused with reflux, which, when it does not inhibit the growth of the child's weight and does not lead to anemia, also passes with age. Another, more severe case is congenital pyloric stenosis, which is already treated surgically.