Almost 6 months and STILL spitting up! Help!

Sarah - posted on 04/04/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little girl is almost 6 months old and still spitting up - all the time, even with cereal thickened formula. Doctor is suggesting switching to Alimentum - I really want experienced moms advice. We already tried all the general recommendations i.e. inclined sleeping, upright feedings, shorter more frequent feedings, nothing works. Also she coughs often like she is scratching her throat. Can anyone help?

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Clarissa - posted on 04/05/2013

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Also my boy drinks 3 oz, with no cereal mixed in, with his lunch and dinner. I would try putting 2 baby spoon fulls in every bottle, just to see if it settles her tummy. Some babies are just more prone to gas and reflux. Best of luck! Update later please!

Clarissa - posted on 04/05/2013

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Try the alimentum and see. Colts Ped said he shouldn't throw up at all because it's very easy to digest, but he did and I took him off it after he was turning purple. He's taking 6 oz roughly 6 times in a 24 hour period, plus he eats a veggie at lunch and rice cereal with fruit for dinner to fill his tummy for bed. He wouldn't eat more than 4 oz without spitting up until about a month ago. His ped is against adding cereal too, but I did it anyways and when I told his specialist at the hospital about adding cereal a month ago, she said that little bit will not hurt himin any way and its helping with his reflux. We use the gentle texture from beech nut (at.Wal-Mart) and it mixes really well. And we put that little bit in every bottle. He is just barely at 13 lbs so he is actually underweight according to his chart.

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2013

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Hi clarissa! Thanks so much for your reply! Well we've been on gerber good start gentle for quite a few months now. She spits that up a little less than regular similac but it still pours out of her. I'm giving her 2 tsp of Oatmeal cereal in 5 oz of formula. If I give her less than 5 oz she's screaming for more. She eats about every 3-4 hours and gets about 5-6 bottles a day. Ped only told us to give her cereal in 2-3 bottles per day though. They are very against cereal at this practice and keep sayin they'd rather see us give solids than cereal. I started her on sweet potatoes and she was spitting up orange and crazy constipated. I will try ailmentum though doc did say she might projectile vomit for first few days because its lighter but if that doesn't solve problem ill try similac sensitive. Just wish I knew the source of the problem. I really do not want to give her anti acid meds if I don't have to :(

Clarissa - posted on 04/04/2013

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I know all about feeding issues and reflux. My son was born with cleft lip and palate. He was spitting up and choking in his sleep before we had even left the hospital and has always been very gassy. He is 5 and a half months now. A couple months ago, we took him to the emergency room because he was cooking on his spit up and turning purple. They put him on prevacid which has helped. After every kind of formula u can imagine, including alumentum (he projectile vomitted while on this formula) we decided I would start trying to relactate since he started having the worst problems when we switched to formula. While I'm trying to get my supply up, I went out on a limb to try similac sensitive and my boy is like a whole new baby! Burps with little effort and the spit up is very minimal. I also add a tad bit cereal (roughly one baby spoon full per 2 oz) and he has been doing excellent. Similac is expensive but like I said, we saw a difference clear as night and day! And as long as I can see my baby without discomfort, ill pay for it! How much cereal are u adding and how many oz per feeding? Maybe too much cereal and could be making her too full. And how often does she eat? and does she burp well? I noticed if my son burps a well, he won't spit up later. Also, our specialist told us that propping them up actually causes acid to push back up since babies slouch, so try laying her tummy against your body like u would be burping over your shoulder which will help take pressure off her tummy. And what flow nipple do u use? Sometimes that can have a huge effect on spitting up

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