All healthy babies have gag reflexes, they spit up, and they burp. In fact, parents and caretakers are encouraged to help the baby burp up their food by patting their back –over the cover a burp cloth, that is. But there is a difference between a baby burping up their food normally and full-on nausea and vomiting. If you think your newborn is throwing up abnormal amounts of food (with or without your aid burping them), take a look at these symptoms to ensure that there isn’t another problem with your child’s health.
A Word About Baby Dizziness
Sometimes it’s hard to know when your infant experiences dizziness. After all, you can’t ask your infant if he or she is dizzy (or at least ask them and expect an answer), and you can’t observe your infant’s balance or posture as he or she walks because he or she is just an infant. So how do you determine if your child is dizzy? Take a look at your child’s eye movement. Sometimes infants who are dizzy demonstrate that through circular eye movements, or from eye movements that resemble moving backward and forward. If you observe this happening in your child, it’s important to let your physician know as soon as possible. It’s also possible that your child may be experiencing dizziness without reflecting that in his or her eye movements, but there is no way to know. It is likely, however, that the child may experience other symptoms that indicate one way or another what the child is experiencing.
Baby Brain Damage
Brain damage is one birth injury that encompasses dizziness, nausea, and vomiting as a few of its many symptoms. Sometimes brain damage can happen from oxygen deprivation (a result of the child not breathing for long minutes), and sometimes brain damage can happen from blunt force trauma to the baby’s head. Brain damage can also be the consequence to a forceps delivery injury or a vacuum extraction injury –both tools that should assist in the delivery of the child without harming the baby (though it happens). Other symptoms of brain damage include lethargy, lack of consciousness, seizures, or weakness or inability to move limbs.
Baby Brain Hemorrhage
A brain hemorrhage is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts causing the blood to flood the brain and kill other blood vessels from flooding. When this happens to a child, the death of those blood vessels reflects that of brain damage, causing lethargy, lack of consciousness, seizures, occasional paralysis or inability to move arms or legs, or the symptoms at hand such as dizziness, nausea, or vomiting.
If you think your child is the victim of brain damage or a brain hemorrhage, be sure to consult a neurologist immediately. While brain damage cannot be reversed, there are several symptoms of brain damage that can be treated, making your child a little more comfortable, and possibly treating the brain before the damage at hand gets any worse.