Spitting up and vomiting in babies have become a huge area of parental concern. Part of the concern is positive because it reflects a better understanding of reflux disease, but another part may be negative and reflects a push to blame vomiting for all problems (such as colic). As a result, there is a trend to place younger and younger infants on medications they may not really need and for whom possible side effects have not been determined. What Causes Reflux in Babies?After your baby swallows milk, it glides past the back of the throat into a muscular tube (the esophagus) and, from there, into the stomach. At the junction of the esophagus and the stomach is a ring of muscles (lower esophageal sphincter) that opens to let the milk drop into the stomach and then tightens to prevent the milk (and the stomach contents) from moving back up into the esophagus. If the stomach contents should happen to re-enter the esophagus, this is called "reflux." Infants are especially prone to reflux because:
Their stomachs are quite small (about the size of their fists or a golf ball), so they are easily distended by the milk.
The lower esophagus valve may be immature and may not tighten up when it should.
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Our resident pediatrician, Dr. Adesman, on the Parenting Community posted this interesting article I wanted to share with you.
I just read an interesting column on parenting in Newsweek by Julia Baird entitled "Lowering the Bar: When bad mothers give us hope". (http://www.newsweek.com/id/237526
The column raises the question of whether modern-day parents are expecting too much from -- and giving too much of -- themselves. Julia Baird writes: "Today, women no longer need to escape their families to work or be happy -- now they need to escape their own unrealistic expectations of what a good mother is". She continues: "Oddly, the more involved we are, the more guilty we have become".
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I have to ask you ladies, raising kids these days, don't you see more recalls then ever before? Between cribs and strollers, bottles and formula, it's got to be frustrating. I just don't remember all these recalls years ago. I can't help but wonder why. Careless workers? Less checking on quality control? It's frustrating I would imagine. What are your thoughts on that?View Thread
Hiya Oh no you don't want to react at all. If you ignore it she will stop. She knows it's going to get a reaction, good or bad, she's to young to tell the difference. Just ignore and it will stop. It's a phase, they go through many phases. Be patient and she will stop. Pop in the mouth might only hurt her and encourage her. It's just her way of communicating right now.View Thread