Coronavirus (COVID-19): Important information from Sharp
Doctor's office
Enter your doctor's name to get office information.
Find labs in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find labs in your network.
Find urgent care centers in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find urgent care centers in your network.
Verify your medical group

Refer to your insurance card or call your insurance provider to determine your medical group.

You can also search for your primary care doctor to find the medical group you and your doctor belong to.

Driving Directions
Update Information
Forgot Password

Please enter your e-mail address.

Sharp Health News

How frequently should your baby spit up?

Feb. 2, 2016

Why babies spit up

How normal is spitting up in newborn babies? We put this question and others to the test with Dr. Blanca Fresno, a pediatrician affiliated with Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.

What causes spitting up?
All humans are born with a gastroesophageal sphincter located between the esophagus and stomach. This muscle works to keep food in our stomachs after we’ve ingested it. However, in newborn babies, this muscle is still rather weak and could remain partially open after feeding, which causes milk or formula to come back up.

How often do babies spit up?
Some babies spit up after every feeding, and some babies never spit up. It is quite variable and often depends on each case. However, some degree of spitting up is always normal in babies. If a parent feels his or her child is spitting up too often, a good alternative to ease this problem is small, frequent feedings. If the baby is breastfed and gaining weight, then spitting up is of no concern, and changing feeding patterns would be unnecessary.

When should spitting up stop?
Spitting up typically begins to disappear around 4 months of age. This is because the muscle tone in the esophagus increases and the gastroesophageal sphincter works more efficiently. After 6 months of age, and with the introduction of solid foods, spitting up becomes even more rare.

Are there signs and symptoms that may indicate something more serious?
There are certain signs that may alert parents to a more serious issue and could indicate the infant has significant reflux that is causing other conditions. Be sure to contact your pediatrician if your baby has any of the following:

  • Poor weight gain
  • Frequent coughs
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Wheezing

When should parents contact their pediatrician if spitting up worsens?
Projectile vomiting and apnea are two situations that should be evaluated immediately as they could lead to much more serious conditions. Although serious conditions associated with spitting up is rare, it can happen and parents should know to respond right away.

You might also like:

Choose the doctor who's right for you.

At Sharp, we make it easy to find an exceptional doctor — right where you live and work.

All Categories
Contact Sharp HealthCare
Call us


If this is a life- or limb-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.

Email us

Please do not use this form to convey personal or medical information.

How would you like to be contacted?
Date of birth

Find other numbers

View our phone directory

What's This?

These important numbers are located on your billing statement.

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your Sharp hospital account number

Find your Sharp hospital account number

Find your SharpCare account number

Find your SharpCare account number
What's GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) governs the processing of personal information gathered from individuals while they are in the European Union (EU) and parts of the EEA (European Economic Area, which currently includes Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway).

We are sorry, but we are unable to process hospital price estimates if you live or are travelling within the EU or affiliated nations.

To learn more, call us at 858-499-5901.

What's This?

Many surgery and procedure names sound similar. If possible, please provide the current procedure terminology (CPT) code, which can be found on the order from your doctor.

If you cannot provide the CPT code, please contact your doctor's office for the CPT or a detailed description of services.