When a baby spits up milk during of after a feed. Reflux (also called posseting) is different from vomiting because there is no forceful muscle contraction in the throat or stomach; baby only passively spits up.
Reflux is common among babies and usually a result of the oesophagus being underdeveloped. In most cases it stops between 12 and 14 months. It is rare for reflux to continue beyond 18 months.
In rare cases reflux can be a sign of more serious problem, such as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), a milk allergy or a blockage.
Spitting up of milk.
Medicines are rarely needed for reflux but are available in extreme cases.
Burp baby regularly, avoid overfeeding and feeding too quickly.
Hold baby upright for a time after feeding.
Raise the one end of your baby’s cot, so your baby’s head is slightly elevated when sleeping.
Consult your doctor if reflux is accompanied by: coughing, gagging or trouble swallowing, refusing to feed, bad breath, difficulty sleeping, arching back or drawing legs up during or after a feed, projectile vomiting, not gaining/losing weight.