My son is 7 months old and constantly projectile vomits... anyone experienced this?

Casey - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son has projectile vomited almost since day one and when he vomits, it shoots a good 5-15 feet. My fiancee and I have had him tested for so many things, but doctors keep saying that nothing is medically wrong with him. I'm worried about him and getting frustrated that doctors think that there is nothing wrong with him. He's almost always screaming in agonizing pain so something must be bothering him. Have any of you had any experience with this problem?

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I don't know what Nutramigen is (probably a brand in the US, while I'm in Australia). Have you tried other lactose free (or soy) brands? If his father is lactose intolerant, there's a higher probability that your son is too. Or perhaps it's a different allergy... to whey or some other ingredient. My best friend said that she was like this as a baby and had to have goat's milk. I have seen goat's milk formula. Maybe it would be worth trying different brands and types.

But, it could be something else, like Chrone's/colitis as Cathi's suggested. It's hard to say, but it wouldn't hurt to try her suggestion. It may do the trick and give you a clue as to what may be wrong.

What you can do to quell some of the "you're just a nervous mother" comments from the doctor would be to keep a food diary (and record vomits). At least then you'll have a record of what is happening and when. It may provide some insight as well.

I feel so awful for you and the bubba. I hope you can find a doctor who will listen and figure out what's wrong. Good luck!

Cathi - posted on 08/24/2009

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My cousin had this problem when she was a baby. Do you give him a soother? It can stop this from happening...the sucking settles the tummy, keeps everything down. Not to put a damper on this but she has chrones and collitis, so talk to ur doc too.

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While I've not experienced this myself, my nephew did this very thing. You don't say whether you are breast or formula feeding. My nephew was formula fed and always vomited heaps. It took them ages to discover he is lactose intolerant. If you can get a new doctor, you may want another opinion. Pain isn't normal. Nor is vomiting like something out of the Exorcist. Another option is to try another brand of formula.

If you're breastfeeding, then I have no idea what you could do other than find another doctor. A lot of doctors discount when a mother says something is wrong with her baby. If you feel something is wrong, keep persisting until someone hears you.

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Lisa - posted on 08/27/2009

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oh wow! I know how you must feel because it seems as if when my son turned 6 mths he started projectile vomiting at every feeding and sometimes even sporadically it concerned me and this went on for a month,before I took him to the doctor and it was because my husband said all kids vomit however, I was deeply concerned and took him anyway...



The doctor changed his milk to soy based milk,because he felt that we should try noninvasive methods first and see how that went. I started not giving him a very warm bottle just tweaked a little bit warm because we felt that maybe because it is hot that was adding to his distress. There has been a dramatic decrease in his projectile vomiting but there are occasions where it happens such as in the car on a long trip etc.



I read online about reflux disease and one article suggested that after a feeding if he has to sleep that he should be elevated on a wedge we didn't purchase a wedge but i used a pillow and would prop him up whenever he goes to sleep I still do it and it also said try mixing his milk with some rice cereal which I did. I have tried alot of stuff and he has gotten some relief but it is worrying and I share your concern I hope this has helped you.

Cassie - posted on 08/27/2009

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My did this when he was young and i learned that i had to burp him often like 2 times during a feeding and then 1 time after. this seemed to help

Candice - posted on 08/26/2009

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reflux? my daughter had that. screaming, vomiting, sleeping poorly, choking in bed. can't believe the docs haven't done anything. get a new doctor. and by the way, my daughter went on Zantac and is FINE. way happier. sleeps better. \



nutramigen made my daughter worse. we switched to soy.

Gemma - posted on 08/26/2009

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hiya my daughter did this from birth and the doctors said there was nothing wrong with her. i kept takin her back to the docs and told them it wasnt normal to be vomiting like this it turns out my daughter had reflux n it also causes pain. theres a few types of this and the way u explain it its the exactly same as my daughter. they evetually gave her medication for it gaviscon and rinitidine. it has something to do with there stomach n the build up of acid which causes to vomit n as the vomit is coming up it burns there throat. my daughter grew out of it at about a year old. hope u get a diagnosis soon love and all the best xx

Dawn - posted on 08/26/2009

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My oldest son did this he was breast fed and later formula. Does he burp? Mine would keep swallowing his burps till finally he threw up.

Chantelle - posted on 08/25/2009

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might be refluxes or something with the milk try some camomile tea with vanillia

Megan - posted on 08/25/2009

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my daughter is almost 8 months old and was doing that. my doctor said to cut down on her milk but feed her more frequently is all hope this helps

Casey - posted on 08/24/2009

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Yes, he's on Nutramigen... Though I don't think that he is allergic to milk even though his father is.

Casey - posted on 08/24/2009

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Quoting Donna:

 Pain isn't normal. Nor is vomiting like something out of the Exorcist. 


 



 



That's funny that you say this. I say almost on a daily basis that he vomits like he should be casted for the remake of the Exorcist.



 



And I am formula feeding him. : ) He is on Nutramigen. His father is lactose intolerant. But it doesn't seem that the Nutramigen is helping.



His doctor prescribed Zantac to him to see if he had any reflux problems, but that didn't help either.

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