“Choking and gagging during feeding is common in young infants,” says Robert Hamilton, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Hamilton says babies are born with an exaggerated but protective “hyper-gag reflex,” which can cause gagging while feeding.
Why does my newborn gag and choke?
Some newborns, particularly preemies, suffer from acid reflux, which can cause gagging after feedings. In reflux, some of the milk that gets swallowed comes back up into the esophagus, causing the baby to gag and/or spit-up.
Why does my newborn keep choking on nothing?
This might be because of swollen tonsils that block the flow of saliva. In infant reflux, the esophageal sphincter isn’t fully developed and can’t keep the stomach contents from coming up. To decrease infant reflux, try these tips: Keep your child upright for at least 30 minutes after feeding.
Can my newborn choke on his spit up?
Myth: Babies who sleep on their backs will choke if they spit up or vomit during sleep. Fact: Babies automatically cough up or swallow fluid that they spit up or vomit—it’s a reflex to keep the airway clear. Studies show no increase in the number of deaths from choking among babies who sleep on their backs.
Can newborns choke on mucus?
Young babies may choke if they swallow breastmilk or formula too quickly or if they have too much mucus. Any object small enough to go into your baby’s airway can block it.
Why does my newborn choke on her saliva?
Choking on saliva in babies
Possible causes may include swollen tonsils blocking the flow of saliva or infant reflux. Try the following to reduce infant reflux in your child: Keep your baby upright for 30 minutes after eating. If they drink formula, try switching up the brand.
Why is my baby making gasping noises?
Laryngomalacia is a common cause of noisy breathing in infants. It happens when a baby’s larynx (or voice box) is soft and floppy. When the baby takes a breath, the part of the larynx above the vocal cords falls in and temporarily blocks the baby’s airway.
What do you do when a baby chokes on spit?
Tilt the head back and lift the chin up. Make a complete seal over baby’s nose and mouth with your mouth, and blow in for about one second. That’s one rescue breath; do two, in quick succession. If baby doesn’t revive after two rescue breaths, begin chest compressions.
What to do if baby is choking on mucus?
Lay your baby belly down on your forearm, with their head lowered slightly. Firmly but gently tap baby’s upper back with the palm of your hand. This should dislodge the mucus ball and your baby will happily drool away. Call 911 immediately if your baby is not breathing as usual within a few seconds of doing this.
How do you know if a baby aspirates?
Aspiration can cause signs and symptoms in a baby such as:
- Weak sucking.
- Choking or coughing while feeding.
- Other signs of feeding trouble, like a red face, watery eyes, or facial grimaces.
- Stopping breathing while feeding.
- Faster breathing while feeding.
- Voice or breathing that sounds wet after feeding.