Can newborns get the stomach flu?

Kristi - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My twin sons (7 weeks), just started bringing up alot of milk (formula fed), they usually keep it down. Do you think they are sick, or should I try different formula? No matte how much I burp them, they still bring up lots of milk. Help!

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Valerie - posted on 07/07/2009

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Kristi,
I would suggest taking them in to be evaluated by either your Pediatrician or ER, as soon as possible. Dehydration is a serious concern. Make a special note of the number of wet diapers. Though I think that it is likely GERD (acid relux) that you are experiencing, especially if they are not experiencing a fever or diarrhea. You say that they are 7 weeks, is that actual or corrected age?

As for stomach flu - are you following proper sterilization of bottles, nipples, rings? Using boiled water to prepare formula? Frequently washing hands? Anyone else in the house experiencing vomiting, fever or diarrhea? Are you using powdered or liquid concentrate formula? Here in Canada, all brands of powdered formula clearly state that they should not be used for preemies as once the can is opened the formula is no longer considered sterile. (I also found that $/ounce of prepared formula that the liquid concentrate was actually the cheapest - you can always tell a fellow twin parent at the grocery store, they are the ones with the calculator checking prices LOL)

If it is Acid Reflux, they will likely be put on prescription medication (a form of antacid). My twins were both on it. Lily for about 2 months but Patrick (who was more severe) was on it for about 4 months. The Dr also had us decrease the amount of water used to mix the formula concentrate. It made it a little heavier and increased the calorie count. You can also use a formula thickener as well. If it is Acid Reflux, try the meds first before switching formulas. (Switching formulas takes about a week as you ween them off of one and on to the other and there is no guarantee that they will tolerate another formula better) Unfortunately, the spitting up will probably continue, but I PROMISE you that it will eventually stop. Patrick was so bad at times that I stopped changing clothes until he really soaked me good (otherwise I would never had had any clean clothes). Always keep an extra change of clothes for yourself in the car for those times when you are out. It is best to try to feed them as upright as possible and to keep them in an upright position for about an hour after feedings.

Dana - posted on 07/06/2009

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Is it a different kind then you usually use or a new can? I really don't know the answer to your question. I'd make sure they don't have a fever and bring them to the ER if they are vomiting quite a bit. It doesn't take long for them to dehydrate. Let me know how it goes when you have time, if you don't mind.

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Dana - posted on 07/08/2009

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I found the best thing to use for spit up while burping was receiving blankets. They cover awhole lot more of an area and it seems you always end up with alot more than you ever need. :)

Kristi - posted on 07/08/2009

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Thanks for your comments, they really helped. And you are right you can tell who the parents of twins are, lol. It was GERD. There was never a fever or diarrhea. And they turned 7 weeks, last Sunday. They are doing much better. The spit up still continues, it seems never ending. I don't think I go through my day, without getting covered in spit-up at least 2 or 3 times. Nothing is sacred. And we are using Powdered formula. (Nestle Good Start). The hospital had put them on Similac, and neither of them tolerated that. And they just started bringing up the Good Start. I guess I will just have buy more bibs, sleepers, and 'burpie' blankets. And lots more Tide. Thanks again.

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