Many questions arise when you're a new parent, and it almost doesn't matter if it's your first or third child. For example, one of the most common questions is:

Why does baby yawn?

Babies yawn because their sphincter between the stomach and the oesophagus is not yet very tight. It is therefore quite easy for the liquid milk to flow back into the oesophagus after baby has eaten. Although it can be very inconvenient and a bit worrying when your baby regurgitates, there is nothing dangerous or abnormal about it.

Only if your baby seems very bothered by it, or is not following its weight curve, there may be a reason to talk to the healthcare professional or doctor.

When does baby stop yawning?

With age, the sphincter between the oesophagus and the stomach automatically tightens. As the baby starts to eat more solid food, the spasms will gradually become fewer and eventually disappear altogether by 6-8 months of age.

Does my baby have reflux or silent reflux?

This is called reflux, when food flows back into the oesophagus. When there is also stomach acid, it can feel burning and smell sour, which can be unpleasant for baby. All babies have reflux to a greater or lesser degree, but if it's particularly bad it may need treatment. In the past, reflux in babies has been overlooked and explained away with, among other things, the diagnosis of colic, but there has gradually been a lot of focus on it. If you think your baby is yawning really hard, and also seems unhappy and bothered by it, then you may have reflux that needs treatment.

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Silent reflux is a type of reflux where the stomach acid does not come all the way up, but stays down in the oesophagus. So baby has all the discomfort, but you can't see it. If you suspect silent reflux, it's also a good idea to visit your doctor or contact your healthcare professional. Remember that it is normal to worry about your baby and it is better to see a doctor once too often than once too little.

Gylpebaby? How to make it easier for yourself and baby

If you have a baby who yawns a lot, you can make it easier by buying a small stock of soap sacks and cloth nappies. That way, you can protect both your own clothes and baby's, and cut down on the laundry a bit.

You can see delicious fabric diapers here and and cute bibs with name here.

If your baby is between 4 and 6 months, it's time to start introducing solid foods. Porridge and mash are a little harder to regurgitate, and can therefore reduce the amount of regurgitation. See here how to go about starting baby on porridge.

Raise baby's head during and after mealtime

When the head comes up a little, gravity makes it harder for the milk to flow back into the oesophagus. Raising the baby's head when he or she is eating can therefore help with the problem of regurgitation, as can keeping the baby up for a while after the meal. Also, avoid wild romps and similar activities just after feeding to give the baby time to swallow the milk properly.

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