Baby spits up alot!!!

Lindsey - posted on 06/28/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I have a 4 month old and she was born 10 weeks early. We have tried several different formulas but no matter what formula we use she spits up and its not a little she ends up covering herself and me in it. We have tried cutting back how much we feed her and she still does it but her doctor says its nothing to worry about that she will grow out of it. The problem i have with that is she needs all of the nutrition to gain the weight that he wants her to gain between visits and if she is spitting up most of her food then she isnt going to gain the weight. Does anyone have any suggestions on what i can do to help her keep her food down? I am willing to try anything at this point so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Emily - posted on 09/28/2010

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my son was 3 months early. and gosh he loves to spit up. we've been to three docs and a specialist and the simplest thing weve tried worked. we've switched formula ALOT, cut back on feedings, kept him at an angle, (ok I still do that while he's sleepin for fear of him choking.) and rice cereal, everything. And honestly the only thing that has worked, is baby food since its thicker than formula after a bottle, and apple juice for the constipation. (also had since he was out of nicu) now he gets food for lunch, and oatmeal at nite. and amazing he stopped.

Sarah - posted on 07/15/2010

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My son had horrible reflux. He was born 4 weeks early at 6lbs 4 oz, but has gained weight very slowly. He is only 5th percentile (I think due to his reflux when he was younger) We took him to 3 different doctors for it, but received the same answer every time, he just has to grow out of it. You can keep her upright or angled for at least 30 minutes after feedings (but as they get older it's harder to do) and put a tilt on her mattress so her head is slightly higher. Once he started solids (6 months) it slowed down a lot, but it took until about 8 months before it stopped completely. It's a really tough stage (especially when your concerned about weight gain), but if your doctor isn't especially concerned, try not to stress yourself out too much, she will grow out of it eventually :)

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Annaleeheiman - posted on 11/07/2017

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my baby was born in 26 weeks and now is 11months ;). when he was before 6 months, he always easily had spits up problem. my doctor suggested me to hold him up (sit straight) for around 30 mins after helped him to blur. then it really help to decrease the spits up. beside for gain weight , i feed him "baby fish oil", it could give breakthrough in the weight gain ;)

Annaleeheiman - posted on 11/07/2017

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my baby was born in 26 weeks and now is 11months ;). when he was before 6 months, he always easily had spits up problem. my doctor suggested me to hold him up (sit straight) for around 30 mins after helped him to blur. then it really help to decrease the spits up. beside for gain weight , i feed him "baby fish oil", it could give breakthrough in the weight gain ;)

Angela - posted on 10/09/2017

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My daughter had reflux, but she is breastfed by bottle. She was on Babies magic tea, which really helped her. Now she is doing better but still, suffers from gas time to time. I give her the tea twice a day.. It's safe.. And I make sure I burp her often, like after every ounce she drinks.

Rachel - posted on 11/12/2010

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I agree with what the doctor told you. Its fairly common for babies who are premature to have immature stomachs for the first year and as a result will spit up. My son did that. It was almost instantaneous that after the first year he outgrew it. I dont have much advice but just keep at the feeds. If your baby spits up a feed just do another one shortly after he or she is ready and what he or she takes in should be enough. It would be something to be concerned about if they were spitting up every feed. You are doing well, keep at it! I know how you feel.

Kimberly - posted on 09/29/2010

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Try Wellements Gripe Water 15-30 minutes before her bottle and keep her upright for 30 minutes afterwards.

Crystal - posted on 09/12/2010

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try to put a little cereal in the bottle to make it a little thicker but not much maybe that would help my daughter did that and she ended up changing formual and i put a little cereal in the bottle and it helped her so it might help u out a little

Kimberly - posted on 09/10/2010

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Wellements Gripe Water 15-30 minutes before she eats.

Also keep her upright for 30 minutes AFTER she eats. Don't feed her lying down.

Katrina - posted on 07/16/2010

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My girl is 5 months old and born ten weeks early and I had the same problem! My midwife actually suggested I go to the doctor and ask for gavison infant. Abby has been on it now for 2 months and it is great. she is so much more settled and boy does she eat like a horse! she is 13.7 pounds now! . I tried to take her off but she wasnt ready so we went back on and I can tell if her bottle didnt have gavison as she is less settled and uncomertable and spits lots. It has been a blessing. I also keep her upright for 10-15 minutes after each bottle and have her bed head raised slighly for us!

Angela - posted on 07/11/2010

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after your baby eats, try holding her up in a sitting up position. My bella does the same thing, so i hold her up for about fifteen minutes after she eats. some people say have them sit up for up to a half an hour. if you dont have the time to hold her up try sitting her in the swing with out it moving or a boppy if you have one. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 07/09/2010

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My baby had the same thing! They diagnosed it as pyloric stenosis...however this was after several tests, and a trip to a different hospital. Caden threw up so bad it was coming out of his nose, it was terrible, very very little wight gain. Everything that was eaten came back out, I was so worried! I tried everything, different formulas, even Nutramigen or however its spelt...adding a lot rice cereal to the bottle, keeping him upright after eating, keeping the whole bed inclined (dont incline the mattress but incline one end of the bed) nothing worked. They told me he had really bad refulx...however an Ultra sound revealed the pyloric stenosis, food couldnt pass through his belly so they had to do surgery. In this whole process we found out hes allergic to milk as well. So Neocate formula it is. If it keeps going on I would definitley ask for some tests to be done.

Lindsay - posted on 07/05/2010

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Our baby girl was spitting up to the point that she hadnt gained any weight in 2weeks so they put her on enfamil ar and zantac for the reflux...she still spits up a little but no where near as much and is a lot less fussy now that she has a full belly for longer than 20min after eating...i also started her on the first vegetables with rice cereal mixed in she keeps it down very well along with the new formula twicw a day and breast milk with cereal in it...hope this helps

Jamie - posted on 07/05/2010

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Both of my kiddos were preemies (now 2 yrs old and 7 months old) and my daughter had reflux. After being prescribed Prevacid, she improved a great deal. My son wasn't diagnosed with reflux but we had to switch up his formula a few times. He's been on Enfamil AR (pre-mixed in the can) for awhile and since he's started solids about 6 weeks ago, things have improved alot. Good luck!

Leigh - posted on 07/04/2010

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Gav had that problem and one thing that the doc said is if they arch alot when they are feeding then its reflux. He's on prevacid and we add rice cereal to his formula and have done that since about 3 months. I would ask doc about gi reflux.

Raquel - posted on 07/04/2010

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The doctor who took care of my daughter in the NICU said we could always call with any concerns if you feel your pediatrician might not have the answer you could always ask the hospital that cared for her while she was there.

Raquel - posted on 07/04/2010

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My daughter spits up very little, she has been bottle feeding for atleast 3 weeks now and she just started doing it. Her doctor said if she arches her back while eating or fusses, maybe is uncomfortable or not feeling good while eating then it could be reflux and he could give her medication for it, it's very common with preterm babies. He told us not be concerned unless she was throwing up a lot, that could be a sign of something in the intestins. Maybe your doctor is right, it may be nothing but usually a mother's instinct is right (is what my daughter's doctor told me). If you feel that it could be something else, I would get a second opinion, I know I was worried and I couldn't sleep knowing there could be something wrong with her. Preemie moms are so cautious and paranoid sometimes. I hope it isn't anything serious. God bless you and your little one.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/03/2010

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My baby had really bad reflux every bottle came back up for 10 wks! i tried different formula's and found SMA staydown works best for him. he still spits up but not as much as before. Like you my doc was concerned that he wasnt put on weight but he was actually still very healthy and alert! my baby is now 5months and is starting to grow out of it. if you cant find a formula that suits then hospitals have a special one that will help your baby gain weight quicker. hope you find something that helps. x

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Breastmilk was the only thing either of my babies would tolerate. Formula always came right back up.



With my preemie, even though she was breastfed, she went through a bout of reflux that caused her to vomit her entire feed several times a day. This went on for about a month. It was stressful and frustrating (not to mention disgusting - esp when I got nailed).



Other than the standard advice - small, frequent feeds, upright 30 mins after feeds, elevated mattress (at least 45 degrees) - I don't have a magic bullet.



Hang in there - reflux is tough. Hopefully your ped is right and your baby will grow out of it.

Tee - posted on 07/02/2010

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Some babies are just spitters. My oldest and youngest both were/are. Neither had reflux. When my daughter was 3 months her doctor had me put a little rice cereal in her bottle to help thicken it a little and even that did not help. Just keep her upright after feeding. After about an ounce or 2 try to burp her. My daughter spits even worse with a burp if she takes the whole bottle. If she is growing at a proper rate then there is nothing to worry about.

Laci - posted on 07/01/2010

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Try feeding her only an ounce or two at a time and burping in between every ounce. Keep her sitting upright for an hour after eating and don't move her around a lot. My son had the SAME problems, he was 2 months early. He still has the occasional huge spit up but it has gotten better as he has gotten older.

Jennifer - posted on 07/01/2010

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My son did the same thing, he has a bad gag reflex. Thickening his feed only made it worse. He is four now and has food adversions because of his bad experiance with eating. His baby brother (9ms) who was full term actually has the same problem and we are insiting that ECI evaluate because we don't want him to wind up with the same food adversions and narrow diet. I wish we'd been more persistant with our olders issues, instead of listening to all the, "give him time", "it's not that big of a deal, "he'll grow out of it"! So my advice is to get pushy with your medical professionals until you figure out what is causing it and what to do about it!

Dawn - posted on 07/01/2010

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Hi, my daughter (15 weeks early)did the same thing till the doctor had me put rice cereal in her bottles (for a 6 ounce bottle just add 6 teaspoons rice cereal). it has really helped my daughter alot.

Pip - posted on 06/29/2010

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My twins were 10 weeks early and 1 of them did the same thing. It was aweful, the whole bottle would come up and I worried about his weight gain too. He has just turned 2 and we still have it but not as bad as it was. The only thing I can suggest is keep her upright for a while after her feed and tilt her bed (not just the mattress), so she isn't lying flat. It helped us a bit but not much, we tried medication that didn't work either and solids did very little just made a worse mess. I think it just takes time. However all my fears of him not growing were silly because he grew at the same rate as his twin who didn't have reflux. Good luck with this messy situation.

Taryn - posted on 06/29/2010

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Maybe baby has reflux? Has she been diagnosed with reflux? If she has hopefully it will resolve itself usually by age 1, sometimes lasts until age 2. If she is a refluxer like mine was (27 weeker) spit up will just happen, but it can be controlled better by medication and maybe try Dr. Brown's bottles, I had good luck with that. Also ask doc if you can add a little cereal to bottle maybe to help hold formula down... Also if she has reflux/GERD she will need to sit upright after feedings, be burped well, and maybe sleep with head elevated slightly...



To add - my little one's reflux has just started to go away but it took 2 years ;) Hopefully you can get her properly diagnosed and maybe some meds to help control situation :) Good luck!

Lindsay - posted on 06/29/2010

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I breastfeed my baby girl...she was 6weeks early...however we had to start pumping and giving her rice ceral about 3months old b/c she spits up horriably bad, some days the cereal helps other days it doesnt...i am hoping it will get better as she grows

Lindsey - posted on 06/29/2010

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My daughter is 7 mos born 10 wks early also and she has bad reflux. I breastfeed and she's eating solids (stage 1) 3 meals a day. My Ped told me to keep her upright for a 1/2 hr after she eats and to keep her elevated all the time to help with digestion and I have to say, it's getting a lot better the older she gets.

Are they happy with your daughter's weight? Mine was born 2 lb 12 oz and she's up to around 10 lb now, following the pattern of the normal curve and they are happy with it.

Have you started rice cereal? Some Peds say 4 mos and some say 6 mos. Mine mentioned it around 4 mos, but I didn't start it until around 5 1/2 mos. Anyway, some ppl say when they start solids they're reflux improves.

Wish I had more advice. Good luck!

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