Being sick & reflux

Being sick and reflux

A problem likely to get better on its own

It is common for babies to bring up milk/be sick/vomit in the early weeks as they get used to feeding and their bodies develop. When your baby vomits a much larger amount It can be frightening for your baby, so they are likely to cry. Lots of things can cause your baby to bring up milk/be sick/vomit. Make sure your baby is positioned correctly when breast or bottle feeding. Incorrect positioning can cause a baby to posset /vomit. Your midwife or health visitor can help with this.

Gastric reflux When your baby vomits often or there is large amounts this could be caused by ‘gastric reflux’. Gastric reflux is when a baby brings up milk, or is sick, during or shortly after feeding. It's very common and usually gets better on its own. Infant acid reflux: happens when stomach contents move back up from a baby's stomach into the esophagus and your baby spits up liquid or food. Babies can be grumpy and it can sometimes lead to poor feeding. If your baby is feeding well but doesn't seem themselves, you may just need to:

  • Change the baby's position during and after a feed
  • To keep them more upright during and for a period of time after feeds
  • Feed smaller amounts and more often
  • Burp your baby regularly during feeds
  • Speak with your Midwife and Health Visitor

GP says:

Gastroenteritis is an infection usually caused by a bacterial or viral tummy bug which causes diarrhoea (runny poo) and vomiting. After the first few months, if your baby is suddenly sick it is more likely to be caused by a stomach virus rather than posseting.

If your baby is not having 4-6 wet nappies in a day, looks unwell, has high temperature, vomiting green bile stained fluid, seek advice from your GP’s or contact NHS 111 straight away.

Single Point Of Access

For more information, you can speak to your Health Visitor by contacting our Single point of Access.

Telephone: 020 3373 9983


Last updated: 21/11/2023

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