Constant spitting up...

Amber - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 5 months the 21st and overall we've had very few concerns since she was born, except the spitting up. When we brought her home she was on enfamil premium and it appeared that she was spitting up most of her bottles at each feeding. So at her 2 week appointment our doctor suggested switching to a soy based formula, so we did. She is now on enfamil prosobee lipil and it has NOT helped at all over the last several months. I've even tried several different kinds of bottles from the Dr. Browns to what we are on now which are the playtex drop-ins. The drop-ins seemed to help at first but now we are right back to where we started. We even put her on rice cereal about a month ago and it hasn't helped either. She eats cereal 3 meals a day and it doesn't really seem to weigh anything down. We've recently introduced some vegetables as well and tried making her feedings more frequently with less formula at a time and NOTHING is helping. She goes about 6 hours in between breakfast and lunch and she literally spits up from feeding to feeding. I'm just concerned that it will cause problems in the future because sometimes it smells like actual vomit, sometimes it's very chunky and sometimes it's very mucusy. And when we ask the doctor he just says it's normal, but I have a very hard time accepting that. I feel like there should be something we can do to ease up the spitting up...any suggestions?

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Tanesha - posted on 01/12/2010

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I don't know if this is exactly the same problem that my son has but he will be 6 months on the 24th and from the very beginning he has been spitting up almost everything he eats. If it wasn't for the weight gain I would have been very concerned. He started out on breast milk and he spit that up too. Then he went to Enfamil premium also, I eventually ended up switching him to Enfamil A.R. and it has helped wonderously. He still spits up a little but now it's "normal" baby spit up and not "vomit". I hope this helps. Good Luck to you.

Tabitha - posted on 01/12/2010

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You should ask other doctors or even a baby doctor. Keep asking till you get some one to help you with this...good luck.

Audrey - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son is 5 months now and he had the same problem. I first looked up the symptoms to see if there were any other possbilities this could be linked to. Most of the articles I read talked about reflux, so I began to believe that it was it was. Then I thought well it couldnt be because I was still breastfeeding half the time and formula feeding the other half. The only time he would really spit up was the formula. It was really starting to concern me that it could be very serious. Anyways to get to the point here I took it upon myself to everything and if nothing worked than I would take him to the doctor. I changed three formulas before I found the one that finally worked. Its Enfamil A.R. lipil. It says right on the jar (for babies that spit up) it's made with rice starch which makes it thicker and digests better. Since then there has been a dramatic difference. Hes so much better now and so am I. :)

Mikayla - posted on 01/12/2010

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we had a few test done in hopsptail for my son, as he is always spitting up, they tested for somthing that caused the stomach muscles to contract, forcing what they have just eaten up. this was negative, and said they woudnt test for reflux as it is quite commen and that is probaly what it is, so hes on gaviscon, which does help, but dosnt solve it, also my doc sed to wean him at 4 months to help him keep his milk down, he now does keep milk down but is spiiting up his food, which is worse, it stinks and stains!

Tyshia - posted on 01/11/2010

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WHEN MY SON WAS BORN HE WAS THROWING UP AND I KNEW IT WASNT THE MILK BECAUSE I WAS BREAST FEEDING, IT WOULD COME OUT THROUGH HIS NOSE SO I HAD A LOT OF SLEEPLESS NIGHTS THEY TOLD ME HE HAD ACID REFLUX AND PERSCRIBED ZANTAC IT DIDNT WORK, AND SO I STOPPED BREASTFEEDING PUT HIM ON GOODSTART, GOODSTART WITH SOY, AND THEN THE DOC PUT HIM ON ENFAMIL WITH ADDED RICE, BUT HE STILL WAS THROWING UP SO WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 3 1/2 WEEKS I MADE AN APPT. TO SEE THE DOC AGAIN AND SHE WANTED TO UP HIS DOSAGE OF ZANTAC I TOLD HER THAT I DIDNT BELIEVE HE HAD ACID REFLUX AND WAS THERE A TEST THAT COULD BE PERFORMED TO CHECK FOR OTHER PROBLEMS, I HAD THEM TO DO AN ULTRASOUND ON HIS TUMMY AND IT CAME BACKE THAT HE DIDNT HAVE REFLUX HE HAD SOMETHING CALLED "PYLORIC STENOSIS". MY HEART SANK BECAUSE MY BABY HAD TO GO THROUGH SURGERY FOR THIS CONDITION AND IF I NEVER WOULD HAVE SUGGESTED THE ULTRASOUND IT WOULD HAVE GOTTEN WORSER SO THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE THAT CAN BE DONE ASK THEM TO DO TEST TO SEE WHAT IS WRONG CAUSE IT IS NOT NORMAL FOR A BABY TO THROW UP THERE WHOLE BOTTLES...

Casey - posted on 01/10/2010

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My situation is much like many that have responded. My son is 5 months, and has breastfed from the beginning. He was projectile vomiting directly after each feeding, and constantly between feedings. It was effecting his weight, so his doc put him on Zantac (twice a day) @ 2 weeks old. It was becoming less effective by the time he was 3 1/2 months, so at his 4 month check up the doc put him on Prevacid (once a day). It has made a huge difference and he doesn't suffer like he did in the beginning. You could tell he was in a lot of pain. As other mothers have said, I don't care for him being on meds this soon, but we weighed out the pros and cons, and if he's not gaining weight correctly and suffering, we felt like it was right for us. I think a second opinion would be a good idea. You need to be comfortable with your doctor, so if you really like who you're with, maybe you could express your concern... that you feel it's excessive, and flat out ask if they can prescribe something for your little one. Another idea... which you may already do: I always make sure my son sits up (usually me holding him), still as possible (no rocking or playing) for at least 15-20 after he eats. Makes a big difference in him. I've noticed if I put him down to play or rock him or move him around too soon after he eats I can expect him to spit up. Maybe that's all babies. :) Good luck!

Blythe - posted on 01/01/2010

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well my daughter will be 6 mon jan 20th and we haven't had any probs at all to even count until she turned 5 months she spit up an ounce or so and one day a whole bottle it seemed like at one time and i think it might have been the juice i was using pinapple mango witch is sitric witch i didn't know i helps to stick with clear juice (apple, white grape, pear mixed 1/2 n 1/2 with water) but my mom is an RN she said since she is growing her stomach is growing and the flap that closes ur stomach has a hard time catching up so might want to try some cereal couple times a day to just suggestion....Blythe

Sabrina - posted on 01/01/2010

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When I brought my home of July 2009 she was spitting up every time she had her bottle not much but she also had hiccups with it and I changed formula not for the spit ups it was for gas issuses and it,s fine that your baby spits up the formula it,s normal it mean her belly is full and can handle alot of formula. I asked my doctor he said it,s fine is my daughter spits up if your baby gaining weight and growning it,s fine. My suggestion give less formula at a time like you can give what your giving but take the bottle out of her month for 15 mins that,s help with the spit up.

Amanda - posted on 01/01/2010

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She might just need different formula. ask your doctor but my first daughter spit up A LOT and we tried a lactose free formula and thnat worked for her. my newest one did the same thing so we tried the same formula but it didnt work for her. we eventually found that similac alimentum was good for her. she hasnt spit up since we switched. its something to try... good luck, i know what your going through!!!!

TARSHA - posted on 12/31/2009

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my son is 6 months and we are having the same exact issue. i am on a.r. lipil, its for spitting up babies and it still hasnt helped and the doctor said as long as he is gaining weight, he is okay.

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My twin sons (now 5 months) have reflux and were on reglan and zantac, then off the reglan and added oatmeal to the formula (rice stopped them up too bad) and now one is off medicine with just oatmeal added to the formula (Enfamil Gentalease) and the other is on Prevacid and oatmeal. Both are also getting adjustments at the chiropractor. There haven't been anymore projectile episodes but they spit up a little here and there. If you are ever unsure about your doctor's opinion, please do not hesitate to find a second opinion. The chunky/mucusy part would be enough for me to get a second opinion. The first pediatrician we had almost od'd our 2 on the reglan due to miscalculation that even the pharmacy called to double check and they verified it. Always trust your instincts if you don't think something is right. That's why you are the child's parent. You know them best. Good Luck.

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At 3 weeks my Dr. prescribed zantac for reflux. I have breastfed from the start though so I'm not sure of the difference. She spit up but didn't throw up much. (only a few projectiles) But... she would scream like she was in pain during and immediately after eating and would gag like a dry heave or trying to keep her food down. She would cry and scream as though in pain during this time as well. From what I understand reflux hurts, think of your own heartburn/reflux, if you ever had it (I did a lot while pregnant and can't imagine a baby going through that). We have had to increase her dose as she gians weight but as long as we stay at a proper dose she is just fine. When I try to not increase (b/c I want her to wean off as soon as possible) that's when it gets bad again. This tells me we made the right call getting her the med despite not wanting her on a med so early in life. I hope she "outgrows" it like the Dr says most do by age 1. I agree w/ another post saying you should get a second opinion though. You have to trust your mother instinct and if the Dr. doens't agree it can't hurt to ask another Dr. and at least feel better or get it fixed. Good luck.

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We are currently fighting this same issue with our daughter, Rylee. She will be 6 months on the 7th of January. Through the advice of my mother, we switched her formula to a concentrated kind rather than powder, she hasn't spit up since!! We ended up having an upper GI done on her to make sure there was nothing wrong and they just said she had a mild reflux and there was nothing to do for it that she would grow out of it. I am not just going to sit back and do nothing while my baby can't keep food down so I did research and asked around and this is what we tried. We started her on a concentrated formula about a week ago and she hasn't spit up once on it! Give it a shot. And p.s. if she has any kind of constipation, don't use the soy, it will make it worse. We are currently using Enfamil Premium Lipil Concentrate and Rylee is doing MUCH better, it really made a world of difference!! Hope this will help with your little one. One last thing, if you do switch, give her about a week to get used to the new formula and let her body adapt. You should get results within a week or so. Good luck!

Abigail - posted on 12/30/2009

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I know the feeling we just switched to a new formula that actually helps...your story is exactly what we rwere going through. Try any of the new formulas that have rice added...such as Enfamil A.R., or Similac Sensative R.S. ...there is also a walmart brand that works just as well...my daughter doesn't seem to tell the difference...so you can try any of those...But your story is almost identical to ours...all our docters said oh well she is still gaining weight so we really aren't worried and it really isn't as much coming up as it looks like...but I'm not the one doing the laundry...

I just about strangled the guy on the spot...jerk! Like its the laundry that concerns me!...

Good luck hope this helps!

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My son does the same thing, only he is almost 6 months, he is now on a form of baby zantac, and yesterday was the first day he hasnt spit up half his milk.. hopefully this is the solution, if not the doc wants him put on a certain formula that is for babies that have an allergy to the protein in the milk..

Kacee - posted on 12/29/2009

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Both of my sons has had reflux. The first one was bottle fed and ended up on nutramagin (which in our state is $28 a can...wic helped but you have to fight for it.) My newest LO is breastfed and started projectile spitting around 7 weeks. This was a huge concern...they were concerned with pyloric stenosis...they did a simple ultrasound to rule this out. Basically the pylori is a thickening of muscles that cause the opening from the stomach to the small intestine to be smaller. There were other symptoms to cause them to think in this direction (my second LO had a history of fluid build up in his kidney...and the two conditions go hand in hand) Most of the doctors will tell you that spit up is normal...however sometimes they do not see the amount that our babes spit up...if you are still concerned with it...make your concerns known to the ped. Both my sons were prescribed Zantac to help the reflux...didn't make it completely go away but did cut down on the amount of milk coming up. See if that is an option. Hope this helps.

Angela - posted on 12/29/2009

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I may have an answer for you. I have 3 little ones and EACH of them had a milk / soy protein intolerance. My oldest son was on the Similac Alimentium, and then with my second son they prescribed him Nutramigen AA Lipil. The Nutramigen AA Lipil is an amino acid based formula that has the proteins broken down as far as they can be so it is the easiest for the little ones to digest. The downside is that its about $50 a can and you have to get it from a medical supply warehouse or from the manufacturer themselves (http://www.enfamil.com). I know that WIC in our state covers the formula with a doctors prescription, you have to be a bit pushy about it though and really make it clear why your daughter needs it. As far as the veggies and fruits... I would stop them until you try the Nutramigen. Adding additional foods (if digestion is the problem) will only make things more complicated in my experience. For your rice , you need to do 1 Tspn for each ounce... you will have to use the fast flow nipples and if you still have them go back to the Dr. Browns bottles... they are the best really for cutting down on gas, although at 5 months its not as much of an issue as it was when she was a newborn..... you can email me at snyder.angie@gmail.com if you want more information ! Im here to help... been down this road 3 times now, hopefully something I've learned can help. Hope your little princess feels better soon !

Courtney - posted on 12/29/2009

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my son has had the same problem since he was a few weeks old. the cereal in his bottle HAS helped a lot...but he still spits up nasty, foul smelling chunky crap. sometimes its just spit up, but most of the time its the chunky smelly stuff. the doctor says its normal, and my mom says i had the same thing when i was a baby.
the other weird thing i've noticed is that he doesn't spit up at the nightime feeding, only at the other feedings. he will sleep all night without spitting up, but sometimes he'll still have residue in his belly when he wakes and then when i change his diaper, he will spit up. i would say its normal unless it begins to look really painful, like makes her scream or something, or she stops gaining weight - that would indicate she isn't getting enough calories. make sure she is still cooing, and her voice sounds the same....but if you are still concerned, i would suggest a second opinion just like the other poster's have suggested. i don't worry about my son because he's gaining weight and his voice still works.

Hannah - posted on 12/28/2009

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My doctor told me the spitting up was also normal. But I discovered that the nipples that I used were the problems. You should really try to use a slow flow nipple in your bottles. It really helped me. The feedings might take longer but if she stops or reduces the spitting up it will be a help to you. My doctor also told me to try the Enfamil AR formula.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/28/2009

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When my neice was a baby she seemed 2 b the same the health vister said u use the powder gaviscon it worked it was something like refluxs they said it was called hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 12/28/2009

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MY DAUGHTER HAS REFLUX SO SHE SPITS UP ALOT SO U HAVE TO FEED YOUR BABY LESS MORE OFTEN. OR YOU CAN ALSO TRY RICE CEREAL TO MAKE MILK A LIL THICKER SO IT CAN STAY IN HER BELLY, MY DAUGHTER IS THE SECOND OD TWINS WHO WERE BORN AT 27 WEEKS SO SHE IS 5 MONTHS BY BIRTH BUT HER BODY IS A BODY OF A 2 MONTH BABY

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umm i think you need to switch dr.'s i would def say that something is up even if it is just acid reflx that requires meds. my friend just had to switch her dr her baby wa severly under weight and the dr seemed to think nothing was wrong but she decided to switch dr and found that there was someting seriously wrong with her baby. im not trying to scare you im just saying that maybe a new dr is in order

Wendy - posted on 12/27/2009

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My little girl was doing that also, I have started adding Ovol to her bottles and it has eased alot, I only add 3-4 drops per bottle (7 oz), I also had to switch her to Emfamil A+ Lactose Free, it is in a purple can (consentrated).. Good luck!!

Durrain - posted on 12/27/2009

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My son has been having the same problem since birth. He is now 5 and half months old. The doctors only worry about it if the baby isn't gaining enough weight. The reason for spitting up is because the valve at the top of the stomach is not developed well enough in babies (wonder why it doesnt happen to all babies). The stomach has a valve above it that is open for food to go in, once the food goes in, the valve shuts. When adults eat or drink anything, it goes down the esophagus into the stomach & the valve shuts. In babies apparently, it remains open. This apparently takes sometime to develop completely.
I have started feeding him pureed vegetables & fruits & cereals. All this semi solid food he doesnt spit up, but he continues to spit out my breast milk. Its probably easier for fluids to jump back out. Im eagerly awaiting the end of this messy affair!

Amy - posted on 12/27/2009

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our little girl was diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks...would spit up alot and when she did spit up and burp she would scream because it burned.she was on zantac at first and that only worked for a few weeks.she is now on prilosec twice a day...shes still spitting up but not as much (she'll be 6 months jan. 10th) i hated the idea of medication for a baby so young but watching her in pain was too much to bear..if it were just the spitting up i could deal with that...we go through alot of bibs and clothes! but luckily if it is reflux they usually grow out of it between 6-12 months.since she has been on solids the spitting up has decreased (we never put cereal in her bottles, i didnt like the idea of it) she is gaining weight no problem and is a happy baby.if you are not satisfied with the doctor's opinion you should definitely get a second opinion. NOBODY knows your baby better than you. GOOD LUCK :-)

Jess - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi. My son is 5 months old and he had quite bad reflux from day one, After he started power chucking on my breast milk i put him on formula. This didn't help so took him to the doctor, They did the tests at the doctor and has been diagnosed so they have put him on gavascon, It's magic!! Don't know if this will help you but i wish you luck with your little girl. It's never fun havin a sick bubs.

Jeanine - posted on 12/17/2009

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get a second opinion!! no one is a doctor , but a doctor..EVERYONE will have something to try that worked for their child, but the most important is to get a proper diagnosis...true reflux is actually way more rare than is believed by many moms, in other words it's not that common. There are tests that can check for this and can only be done by a pediatrician in the hospital!! ...did you breastfeed at all? if you did, did she spit that up too?
Good Luck,
Jeanine

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She probably has reflux and there isn't much you can do about it (that you haven't already tried) except hope it improves as she gets older. As long as she is gaining weight it is more of an inconvenience than a danger. My twin nephews (they were full term babies) had severe reflux they spit up almost thier whole bottle EVERY time you fed them. They had no problem gaining weight though and went on about there business after spitting up like nothing happened. They did this up until they were about 10 months old before it got better they tried different formula and cereal too nothing seemed to make much of a difference.

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