Q&A: My Newborn Spits Up Frequently

My newborn spits up frequently. Is this serious?

No, spitting in the newborn period -- what is called reflux -- is very common and usually goes away with no treatment after a few months. It is only a concerning symptom if it causes growth failure, recurrent pneumonia due to aspiration or breathing in the vomited material, or intractable esophagitis due to irritation of the esophagus from stomach acid. Fortunately, all these complications of reflux are rare.

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