July 17, 2023

Why Does My Baby Spit Up Clear Liquid?

When babies spit up, it’s usually milky or clear. It’s a natural part of their digestive process and they spit up when they burp, get excited or upset, are teething, cut their teeth, are sick, and so on. But when a baby regularly spits up clear liquid, it may give you cause for concern.

Most of the time, when babies spit up clear liquid, it’s just their drool that they haven’t quite swallowed or chewed down enough. Milky drool is quite normal, especially in babies that are teething, as it can be caused by their gums pushing on their lower jaw bones which stimulate the salivary reflex.

During the first few months of life, it’s also very common for infants to experience reflux. This happens when their stomach contents come back up into their esophagus, which is why it’s important for them to be burped after every feeding. During this period, the muscle that sits between their stomach and esophagus hasn’t yet developed.

Another cause for concern is if the spit-up is projectile, meaning it comes out of their mouth forcefully and lands one to four feet away from them. This can be a sign of a condition that affects many newborns called pyloric stenosis. If this is the case, it’s best to talk to your doctor about the issue as soon as possible. For now, continue to keep your child burped and sleeping on their back as this is the safest position for them.

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