Baby Sickness

Lisa - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 week old baby. He started off great with his feeds but the last 2 days he has been bringing a lot back up during feed times. He has 4 ounzes about every 3 hours. He has started bringing most the bottle back up on some feeds. How much is normal for them to be sick? I am worried he might not be getting enough milk.

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Rebecca - posted on 11/11/2009

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I would suggest breaking the feed up and burping mid-way. Allow the little bit go down at a time and each time burp and once the bottle has been finished make sure you keep him up right over your shoulder or in a seated position in a bouncer so gravity can help keep it down. Bub should be fine, its more of a hassle for you. Breaking the feeds up should gradually show improvement. Goodluck :-)

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Melissa Nicole - posted on 12/31/2012

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My baby is 9 weeks old and he keep been sick he bringing all the bottle back up I don't no if its cause the milk is to rich for him or anything someone help me out! Should I take him to doctors

Melissa - posted on 11/13/2009

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Hello! I'm a mother and baby nurse and thought I could help you out! A 2 week old baby only needs about 1-2 oz. of formula every 2-4 hrs. I also have a 5 month old baby, and when he is not breastfeeding he takes 4 oz. at a time. He's also a chunky baby! So, just slowly cut back on how much he eats. If he stills acts hungry, then maybe he just wants to suck on something-pacifier or hand. Hope this helps!

Toni - posted on 11/13/2009

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Back in 1979 my son kept throwing up everything. This was not spit up, it was projectile vomiting. I went through all of the things mentioned here.DR. changed his milk 5 times we tried everything. I took him to a specialist and found he had a very common condition in boys which is called pyloric stenosis.Look it up or ask your doctor about it. It is treatable through surgury and it is a cure for life.I don't want to scare you, but people need to be aware of this condition and that it needs to be fixed. If you want more info on what my son's symtoms you can e-mail me @ yosemitestorm@yahoo.com I'll be happy to explain it. Some babies do throw up alot and thats normal and in most cases that's all it is.

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I can relate! My now 8 year old was the same way. It turned out that he had acid reflux and colic. He was put on zantac until he was 9 mnths old. Also he slept in his car seat until he was 2 1/2 mnths old. I was told by one dr. not to let him sleep in the car seat for very long (not good for the spine) but another said do what I thought was best. He stayed in the car seat! And he slept in the car seat between mine and my husbands legs so I could keep an eye on him and I didnt want him on the drafty floor. It wasnt a cure, but it did help!

Kylie - posted on 11/12/2009

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my son used to be the same and i spoke to m health nurse about it and she said it was fine and that it only seemed like he was bring a lot of it back up but it was only really a small amount. Keep your eye on him and if he starts to lose weight or becomes really restless and grizzly take him to your health nurse and she may recommend changing his formula.
hope this helps Kylie :-)

Kristen - posted on 11/12/2009

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4 oz. for a 2 week old baby is actually a lot of milk for them to be drinking. He's probably getting too much milk. Cut down on how much you give him and see if he continues to bring the milk back up.

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Four ounces at a time is a lot for a baby that's only two weeks old. You might see some improvement just by cutting back on the volume a little. Try giving 3 ounces every 3 hours or, even better, 2 ounces every 2 hours, which would be a lot more like the volumes that a breastfeeding baby would take. Her stomach is only as big as her fist, so I'm not at all surprised that a big portion of that 4 ounces is coming back up. There's probably no room for it.

Also, hopefully it will make you feel better to know that it always looks like a lot more when it comes up than it really is. As long as she's making enough wet diapers, is gaining weight, and it's not causing her breathing problems, then it's really just messy and not a big problem.

Angela - posted on 11/11/2009

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my daughter had major spit up problems from the time she was born. Even when i was breastfeeding her, she would spit up. I came to realize she has a very sensitive stomach and she likes to eat really fast. These 2 facts equal disaster. What worked for me was i slowed her down, by buying slower nipples for the bottles, lowered her ounces per feeding but increased the amount of feedings. When i got her on formula she couldn't tolerate anything but the "gentle ease" formula's they are designed for gas, and spit up. hope this helps.

Kelly - posted on 11/11/2009

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Unless he's running a fever, I'd say he's most likely not sick, but having some sort of reflux or other feeding issues. Honestly, 4 oz every three hours seems a bit much for a 2 week old; try cutting back a little bit or extending his feeding time. For example, if you feed him the 4 oz in 30 minutes, give him 2 oz during that 30 minutes, let him rest and digest a bit (burp him too) and if he seems to still be hungry after that, give him another 2 oz over the next 30 minutes. If you are using a bottle, look into a different brand, like Dr. Brown's or the Adiri Nurser which help cut down on the gas and spit up. My daughter had terrible reflux and we were breastfeeding, so I ended up having to feed her in little amounts almost every hour but it did make things more bearable.

Something else to ask your pediatrician about is cow's milk allergy. If you're using a regular formula try switching to soy or to an AR formula (with your pedi's approval of course) and see if that doesn't help. One of my good friends had her baby the same day as my daughter and he had the same issues, when they changed him over he was MUCH better within a week.

Good luck! This too shall pass...it gets easier as they get older and you get more experienced :o)

Cassandra - posted on 11/11/2009

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try keeping him at a 40 degree angle during feedings and at least a half hour after feedings. burping frequently throughout feedings will also help. you can also try to feed him less at a time but more often. my daughter breast fed every 2 hours at that age. good luck!

Bianca - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hi, i have a 6 month old little boy and he has done the same from a couple of days old, he stopped puttng weight on and didn`t grow for a long time, the health clinic got really worried which made me really worried and she sent me to my doctor who then sent me to a pediatrition, all the pediatrition did was change his formula to S26-AR. i didn`t notice any change with his throwing up but gradually he started gaining weight. He is having solids now aswell as his bottles and still throws up ALL the time. I would say to you not to worry, to make sure you take him to the clinic to be weighed regularly, if he is on formula try changing him to AR- anti reflux, He may look like all of his bottle is coming back up but so long as he is happy and content he is obviously getting enough. Dont listen to people that say sit him up and keep him still, it didn`t work for me, no matter what i did he still threw up, or feeding smaller amounts, all that did for my lil one was made him unsettled and ruin his rutine. Goodluck and i`m sure he`ll be fine. Have lots of bibs and sick rags handy!!

Jessica - posted on 11/11/2009

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I would take him to your local lactation consultant and weigh him before and after a feed. They will tell you if he is losing weight, etc. They also usually have support groups at the local offices. As you probably know, it takes around 2-4 weeks for babies to gain back to their birth weight. Also, sometimes, when they spit up, it looks like much more on their tiny little bodies than it actually is. I wish you the best!!!

Jane - posted on 11/11/2009

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hi its very common for baby boys to get acid reflux so they bring up their feed. try supporting them so they are raised more so when they are resting. if this doesnt work ask your local health nurse as they say to change your milk (unless breast feeding of course) im no expert but hope this may help jane x

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