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Why do I spit up my food when I burp?

Why do I spit up my food when I burp?

Regurgitation: When you burp, you are relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter (muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that keeps food and gas in the stomach for digestion). When this muscle opens to allow gas out, some food particles are also making their way across the sphincter and regurgitating up the esophagus. Antireflux medications can help but so can careful diet (no overeating, avoid sodas, late meals, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Belching (Definition)

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My 8 days old baby gets lots of hiccups after feedings/burping. Also some spit up. Issues with BFing, supplementing with formula/pumping. cause?

My 8 days old baby gets lots of hiccups after feedings/burping. Also some spit up. Issues with BFing, supplementing with formula/pumping. cause?

Benign variation: Hiccups have been explained as a spontaneous nerve discharge triggering the breathing muscle to tighten in a cycle like a heart beat. Some have suggested the stomach of the newborn rubs the diaphram and triggers the pattern, and that with age the stomach moves away lessening the problem. The most active cases have them before birth. I know of no treatment with any value. ...Read more

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3 wk old being burped after every oz of formula still looks and cries for food after 4 oz bottle. When given more, spits it all up. What's wrong?

3 wk old being burped after every oz of formula still looks and cries for food after 4 oz bottle. When given more, spits it all up. What's wrong?

Acid reflux, infants: Acid reflux is common in infants and symptoms can include vomiting during or after feedings, irritability during feeding or while laying flat, poor growth, excessive appetite and chronic nasal congestion. Formula changes and/or medications are sometimes used to address this, but many babies outgrow it on their own. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you spit up your food everyday like not on purpose?

What does it mean when you spit up your food everyday like not on purpose?

GERD: If you are having food come back up and not making yourself do it, then it sounds like you have reflux, a condition where the stomach contents comes back up into the throat/mouth or out altogether. Make sure you are not overeating, reduce caffeine, eat small frequent meals, and if these don't help the symptoms subside, talk to your family or GI doctor about other interventions. ...Read more

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My 3 month old is vomiting up all of her food she eats right afterward, its not a little spit up she will only eat two ounce and it all comes back up?

My 3 month old is vomiting up all of her food she eats right afterward, its not a little spit up she will only eat two ounce and it all comes back up?

3m vomiting: I agree. More information is needed. How long has it been going on? Is the vomit projectile? Is your child having a fever? Is there a change in the number of wet diapers? These are all important questions to determine the cause. I would recommend taking your baby to the pediatrician or er immediately if there is associated fever, decreased urine output, projectile vomiting, or lethargy. ...Read more

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When i eat too much of a greasy food, i spit up shortly after,.as if my body doesnt like the greasiness same to some meds like Tylenol (acetaminophen) ...why is that?

Greasy food: tends to empty the slowest from your stomach, so it sits there and is more likely to be refluxed. So when eating greasy food, moderation is the key. ...Read more

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My chest feels like my food is stuck and I keep burping and spitting up flem what could be my problem?

My chest feels like my food is stuck and I keep burping and spitting up flem what could be my problem?

Dysphagia?: Narrowing of the esophagus due to inflammation, scarring or tumor can cause food to get stuck. Not rare with chronic reflux/heartburn symptoms-typically solids. Tight lower esoph sphincter can cause also. Abnormalities in muscles/nerves/coordination of swallow cause problems with solids and liquids. See a GI doc. Tests include xray swallow, endoscopy, muscle test (manometry). Rx: help or cure. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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