Baby vomiting is a pretty concern for parents, especially the new ones. It can come with other symptoms such as diarrhea, and fever. It can also come without any fever, or other symptoms. Baby vomiting can be signs of mild illness, or in rare cases, diseases. Most causes of baby vomiting usually go away on its own without requiring any treatment, except a hot bath, change of clothes, and some pampering. However, some of them may need to visit a pediatrician. Because they are still babies, a spit-off might be mistaken as a vomit by parents, since the baby is on steady milk diet formula, but they are two different things.
The difference between the two are:
Spit-off can easily flow from the baby’s mouth like a milky white drool, while vomit comes out forcefully, because vomiting happens when the muscles around the stomach are triggered by the brain’s vomiting center, to squeeze out what is in the stomach.
Spit-off is normal and can happen anytime, while vomit will show the baby has a digestive illness, or some other diseases.
The baby will cough, or make some retrenching noises before vomiting, this does not happen in spit-off.
Spit-off is a milky white drool, while vomit is also milky, but it has more clear digestive juices in it.
Causes Of a Baby Vomiting Without Fever.
This is also known as galactosemia. It occurs when babies are born without some certain enzymes, needed in the breakdown of sugars in milk. Babies with this condition can be sensitive even to breast milk. This causes vomiting when feeding milk or dairy products. It can also cause rash on the baby’s skin. This condition can be detected at birth, through the test that is conducted to check such conditions. It can also be observed by a parent. It can be managed by limiting milk, and dairy products, and reading the ingredients in them.
Feeding difficulty can cause baby vomiting.
It takes time for people to learn things. Babies are not exempted, as they need to be taught almost everything. The stomach in this stage of life is still learning, and getting use to digesting food. It is at this point that feeding difficulties occur, which can lead to post meal vomiting. This is expected to stop after a month. A pediatrician should be consulted if it gets too severe.
Stomach flu is also known as gastroenteritis, and a tummy bug. it can also come with fever, but this is very uncommon among babies. It involves vomiting for a couple of hours, and then it stops. It comes with diarrhea, poor appetite, limited crying, severe cramps, and pains. Due to the vomits, it can cause dehydration, so quickly contact a doctor, if you see symptoms of dehydration like dry skin, mouth, or eyes, no wet diapers for 8-12hours, weak cry.
It can occur during a car ride. It happens mostly to children of above 2 years. When a car twirls around, it can make the baby nauseous or dizzy, which may later lead to vomiting. This should subside after the car ride. Strong smells, or bumpy roads can cause dizziness too. This is very common if the baby has an upset tummy, or bloating tummy. It is therefore advisable not to feed the baby close to the ride time.
Intussusception causes baby vomiting.
A rare intestinal condition. it causes vomiting without fever, and occurs in 1 out of 1200 babies. It usually occur at the age of 3 months, or older. It happens when the intestines are damaged by a virus, or other health conditions. The damaged intestine then slips into another part of the intestine. It causes severe stomach cramps for 15 minutes, which makes the baby curl to the knees.
Other symptoms include fatigue, nausea, tiredness, blood, or mucus in bowel movement. Treatment can be done to move back the damaged intestine, and to ease the pain of the cramps, and other discomforts.
When the muscles at the top of the stomach are too relaxed, it triggers baby vomiting shortly after feeding. In most cases, kit strengthens again, and all the vomiting goes away. This illness occurs to everyone, and babies are not exempted. You can avoid this by avoiding overfeeding, burping the baby often, sitting the baby upright for at least 30 minutes after feeding.
The womb is indeed quite warm and cozy, but it is not surprising that babies overheat very quickly. It is so because their bodies are tiny, and less able to sweat out heat, thus, leading to overheating, which can in turn, cause vomiting and dehydration.
Symptoms include: pale and calm skin, irritability and crying, sleepiness, and floppiness. It can be avoided by checking the temperature at intervals, removing clothing sometimes, and keeping the baby away from the sun.
In conclusion, it is always good to monitor your baby’s health, and ensure that there is nothing abnormal. When there is vomiting without fever, it is usually nothing to worry about, and in most cases will eventually go away, but if you see the symptoms listed below, a doctor should be contacted immediately.
- Dry lips or tongue.
- Refusing to feed.
- Pain or discomfort.
- Extra tired or sleep.
- No wet diapers for 6-8hours.
- The baby cannot smile.
- Blood in stool.
- Bloated stomach.