Over 7 months old and STILL spitting up?

Shaina - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son, Ethan has always spit up a LOT no matter how much he eats or what he eats. The only time he doesnt spit up that much is when I feed him at night. At first I was told not to feed him as long but then he would just eat more often. Then we were told to have him sit up longer after he eats. Well we do ALL of that and he STILL spits up. and I dont mean just a little bit, I mean like one of those receiving blaket totally wet after every feeding. Has anyone else had this problem?

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Katie - posted on 10/30/2009

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My daughter Sophia spit up until she was over a year old, the Doctors said she had Reflux. She would throw up so much that I would have to change her clothes 6 times a day and change my clothes a few times a day also. She wore bibs all the time. So, I understand exactly what you are talking about with your son! Sophia spit up a lot from the day she was born. I breastfed her and then she would spit it all up. She wasn't gaining weight so I was told I needed to supplement with formula which I did at times when she created a fountian (not to be gross) At 4 months old she was in the hospital for a few days as to figure out why she wasn't gaining weight. (DUH!!! it's because she threw up all the time!) I continued to breastfeed but also tried 5 different formulas to supplement with. I was told so many different things: I was feeding her too much, I wasn't feeding her enough, one dr. said I was not spacing the feedings right... too much time inbetween and one dr said not enough time inbetween feedings and many other things. After four days in the hospital with her I was sooooo irritated. My conclusion was I knew what was best for my daughter. She just had a weak stomach.



Things I did to help her were to make sure she didn't eat too fast (if I could control that), after feedings I would not lay her down right away, I propped her up on a pillow or the Boppie worked good for that. I would sometimes have to hold her so she was more upright making sure to not put any pressure on her stomach. When I burped her she sat up on my lap I did not put her over my shoulder as it would press on her tummy. No moving around much for about 20 minutes after feedings. No bouncer, no swing until atleast 45 minutes after eating. It was inconvienant in a way but helped the milk stay in her tummy. She also was on Reflux medicine (Axid) 2 to 3 times a day. If your son is not on medicine (and you are not against it) ask your doctor. Without her medicine Sophia barely kept things down. Axid helped her. When she was about 7 months old it started getting worse again. The doctor adjusted her dose of meds because she gained weight and it was like night and day. All that spitting up is hard to deal with. I use to get so frustrated that I would sit there and cry because yet again I had a mess to clean up. If you use pumped milk add some rice cereal to the bottle to help thicken it up. But if using rice cereal in bottles make sure you use an appropriate nipple such as a Y cut to allow the milk to flow. If you supplement at all try Enfimil AR, it's for babies that spit up. It worked good for my baby. Oh and sometimes before breastfeeding I would give a few spoonfulls of rice cereal to help keep the milk down. Once my daughter started eating more solid foods the spitting up eventually slowed down. So there is light at the end of the tunnel. Check with your dr or specialist about reflux medicine, it could help Ethan. Also, check that he is gaining weight and that he has wet diapers throughout the day. As long as he does that he is ok. Good Luck with everything.

Shaina - posted on 10/30/2009

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thanks. I really dont mind doing the extra laundry...I mean really...whats one more load? lol Its just that to me all that spitting up cant be good. and even WITH starting him on solids he still spits up. But youre right, he constantly has wet diapers and growing SO fast so I'm sure he's fine. We just get worried. thanks again!

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Jane - posted on 11/25/2013

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i am going through this same exact experience, she's 7 months old and her doctor at first claimed i was over feeding her, and then told me it was reflux, and prescribed me with Gaviscon. which once i gave it to her, she promptly threw up. she even has sick coming out of her nose. she also throws up formula mick, and prefers not to drink it. despite of this, she is a very happy baby, and continues to grow healthily. however, i do wonder if she is allergic to my breast milk. i was told to stop drinking milk or soy milk products, however, as i am lactose intolerant myself, i don't drink milk, and have never been a fan of soy milk. im at my wits end, because im not able to prevent this, and i am constantly worried that she's not keeping enough food down. should i just stick to solids with her, and give up the breast milk? she sicks up solids too, but not so often.

Shaina - posted on 10/31/2009

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I tried taking a bunch of things out of my diet when he had some blood in his stool (2-3 months ago) but no matter what I did he still spit up. and the blood was from a small anal fissure not what I was eating.

Amy - posted on 10/31/2009

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mine spit up every time they were teething [or if i ate chocolate. weird, but i tracked it.]. so until the teeth completely stopped, we still saw spit up. i started giving him Camilia -homeopathic otc stuff. helps with tummy issues, or gripe water. don't know if it'll work for you, but we went from giant spits to just a tiny mouthful when teething. good luck hun.

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Hi. Have you tried eliminating dairy from your diet and his? My daughter used to spit up a whole lot until I cut dairy out of my diet. It turns out she has a sensitivity to cow's protein. If your son isn't in pain when he eats or spits up, it could be this rather than reflux. Check kellymom.com for some more information on the subject.

Kerry - posted on 10/30/2009

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Yep, us! My son was the same, in fact reading your post feels like a step back in time! Mine got a little better once he was on some solids, but still spewed. Then when he sat up he got better too then he went backwards again when he started to crawl (I think because of the pressure on his tummy with the crawling motion.) He stopped alltogether when he was 1 and walking. I know how frustrating it can be worrying about how much he has eaten versus spewed then of course theres the mess and all the extra washing!!! I spent so much time and effort trying to find a "cure" or something that would help him but in hindsight I wish I had just chilled out a bit and enjoyed my sons first year. I know you've heard it before but....as long as he's weeing lots and gaining weight, he's fine. I wish I accepted that advice LOL

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