should i change his formula?

Toni - posted on 07/18/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Ive been using Similac step 1 with omega 3 and 6.. and this is my first child.. he is now 8 weeks old...and after every feeding he seems to spit up a lil.. and has a considerable amount of gas...and it does make him cry.... but only lasts 5 mins and he can be soothed.. is that normal? or should i consider changing his formula? hes only been on similac since he was born...

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Jen - posted on 07/24/2009

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I had to use Mylicon and Little Tummies when he was on Advance but it was just too much gas for him and a formula change did the trick. If all else fails try soy then last resort are the Hypoallergenic formulas like Alimentum and Nutrimigen. Those are expensive but look on Craigslist if you're able.

Britt - posted on 07/24/2009

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spitting up is normal but if it a big amount i would try giving him soy that is what we had to do with our son if it still does not stop than go to the dr. with the gas try using mylicon befor you feed him you can do this every time because it does not go into their bloodstream it will help reduce the gas

Jen - posted on 07/24/2009

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Definitely look into changing his formula - ask his Ped. about it. My son went from Similac Advance (made him horribly gassy and cried) then Similac Sensitive (no gas but threw up almost the whole bottle after every feeding) then Similac Isomil (couldn't sleep and it made his Eczema INSANE) and now we are on Similac Alimentum and he is perfectly fine. Seems he has a milk and soy allergy and went through so many formulas, obviously, and different bottles. A little spitup is normal but shouldn't really be after every feeding or be a lot and gas is normal but not to the point where he cries, especially after feeding. He may be lactose intolerant. Try Sensitive (milk) or soy and if that doesn't work for you go for the predigested non milk or soy like Nutramigen or Alimentum. Both are pretty expensive but sometimes babies grow out of it like my son who can eat Mac n Cheese puree and the choose doodles from Gerber just fine.

Toni - posted on 07/24/2009

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Thanks everyone! I am using slow flow nipples.. the playtex bottles.. and am going to stick with similac till i see the doc. :) thanks for all the tips and advice :)

Brandice - posted on 07/22/2009

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Have you tried using the Dr. Browns bottles? I used them with both of my children and they worked wonders. They made them not spit-up and helps them not get as much air which in turn leads to less gas and fussiness.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/22/2009

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I had to change formula too. My twins were on regular Similac and a couple weeks after they were born one started having problems with it. So I switched to Similac sensitive which worked great. I got a lot of coupons so when I ran out of Similac coupons I slowly switched them to Enfamil gentlease. They are great on that as well. The gas medicine works great too. Gripewater or Mylacon were the ones I've had work well. Since I have 2, many times they get fed together in their bouncy seats and the doctor said it's good because they are sitting up more.

Patricia12343 - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi, My little girl was the same. It is normal for babies to "spit" up a little milk after a feed. What you need to check is that he is not vomitting it back up. Vomitting should be checked out by your doctor. I found adding a little bit of farex to my daughters bottle to make it thicker helped also keeping her upright for about 30mins after a feed, I would prop her up on a pillow. For the wind, you can get drops from your chemist to help but they can cause constipation. I was advised not to switch formulas too often.

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2009

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a lil bit of spit up and gas is not only normal its inevadable. my son was on the simalic advanced when the same thing started happening. so we tries all different kinds of fromula. in the end we went back to the simalic advanced. id suggest trin switching, but dont be surprised if they make him worse. sometimes they dont really like what they eat till they try other things.

Diane - posted on 07/20/2009

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My daughter did the same thing when she was a baby. We were giving her the regular emfamil lipil. But then we switched her to emfamil gentleease. It was a big help. We also used gas drops. Little tummys works really well, so does Mylicon. You can also check with your pedi. Spitting up and gas, of course, isn't unheard of in babies. But they would be able to decide better if it's something that needs attention.

Maria - posted on 07/20/2009

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hi there my child is 1 month 3 weeks she was on similac 1 and breastfeeding and she cried allot and was constipated etc now she is on nutrilion soya and is going much better it depends if your child is difficult ask your pedretian for some help

Becky - posted on 07/20/2009

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After breastfeeding my daughter i put her onto SMA formula and she used to projectile vomit after every feed. I changed her to Cow and Gate and the same thing. My mum then suggested Aptmil which is a little more expensive but the result was perfect Jessica stopped being sick.

Also have you checked the teats you are using? In the UK you get different 'flows' and maybe your little one needs to have a slower or faster teat.

Katherine - posted on 07/19/2009

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I changed my son's formula to one made for those with a more sensitive stomach - it's quite a thick feed (I used Cow&Gate here in the UK). I'm not 100% if that actually made any real difference if I'm honest. It's normal for some children to spit up after feeding and gas is too in fact. Thomas often had colic (which was why we tried the different feed). I found that Thomas also didn't like the milk to be too cool when he was younger - I made sure it was body temperature which seemed to alleviate some of the post feed crying. He's now almost 9 months old and we're still on the first stage milk (usual thin milk feed type) and now there are so few problems at all.

I'd suggest sticking to the milk you're on and make sure you burp him well after each feed and make sure that it's more-or-less body temperature. That's what worked for us.

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