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Parenting Questions

How Do You Burp a Baby? What if They Spit Up?

Some babies will burp while feeding, others will not burp regardless of what you do.  Some babies get uncomfortable if not burped, while others seem fine.  Common burping methods include holding the baby over your shoulder while gently rubbing and patting the back, or holding the baby in a sitting position, supporting the neck and gently patting or rubbing the back.

Spitting up is normal, especially when you are burping your baby.  If the spit up is milky-looking and is not painful for your baby (effortless), we do not worry about it.  If there is forceful vomiting, or the spit up is green in color, you should contact your provider for further guidance.

The content provided is not meant to replace the advice of your child’s physician. Please refer any specific issues or questions about your child to your pediatrician or health care provider.