My daughter is 3mths and she tends to throw up alot!

Erica - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 193 moms have responded )

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Could it be her formula? Is there anything I can do to avoid all of the spitting up?

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Aimee - posted on 10/12/2009

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my son brought up pretty much all his bottles until he started walking at 7 months i tried every formula there is even the thickened ones and that did nothing all i had to do was ride it out. If she is still putting on weight and the vomiting isnt huurting her i would say it will alright.

Yumi - posted on 10/04/2009

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Is it projectile vomiting? Is she able to keep any of it down? If neither one, and she's just throwing up every drop of formula you feed her, its also possible she may have Pyloric Stenosis. Its the narrowing of the opening from the stomach to the intestines which spasms when the stomach empties. My son had it when he was about 2 months old. I called his pediatrician and she said not to worry about it cause its happens. How much he was vomiting and how he was vomiting didn't look normal at all. It was pretty much all his formula just pouring out of his mouth as we tried to burp him.I looked it up in one of my books and his symptoms matched Pyloric Stenosis. It said to take him to the ER. They took care of it with surgery and all is well.

Jody - posted on 10/10/2009

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All three of my daughters had this at some level, they are now 12, 11 and 4. It improves over time, and you do need to discuss with your pediatrician to eliminate any other reasons. It does stop around 6+ months of age, there are formulas that will help. Iron is very tough on their stomachs, when they have reflux, so with some it can't be helped very much.

Lena - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hi Erica...Get her ears checked. My son had a similar problem especially when he started to roll and move a little on his own. What was happening was he was getting dizzy on a full stomach and throwing up......finally at 2years old when it seemed like he had a hearing problem, a weak stomach and balance issues I finally found a doctor who would listen. They discovered he had fluid in his ears ...likely since birth. and that it went undetected all that time. He has since caught up developmentally, but if a doctor had listened to the symptoms when he was 4 months..or 6months old..it would have been way easier for him. Dont let one doctor be the deciding factor. Listen to your gut if you think there is something wrong with this dont just accept what one doctor says..find another..and get a second opinion. The doctor should be checkiing everything from ears to stomach to allergies.,...rather than your little girl just suffering. Some doctors get lazy these days and assume that after hey do all that it will turn out that nothing is wrong, so they dont bother. But a mother knows go with your gut instinct that is what it is there for.

Myriam - posted on 10/04/2009

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my daughter was the same way.. you can try feeding an ounce at a time and burping in between each ounce and then after you finish feeding her, have her in an upright position for like 20 mins... i also tried switching formulas.. enfamil makes a formula with a little cereal in it and that helped her keep her milk down alot

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Cheraki - posted on 05/07/2012

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Two of my daughters did the same thing... They were both lactose intolerant. They are fine now they out grew it around a year old. My oldest is turning 18 this year and my youngest just turned 9 and neither one have any problems with dairy now.

I would get a can of lactose free formula and try it for about a week and see if you notice a change. That's what I did. The doctor wouldn't listen when I told him my concerns.

Mandy - posted on 10/13/2009

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Try Similac the Isomil Advance formula, i had the same problems with my daughter and we thought it was colic but we switched anyways but she got a lot better after we switched to it. They also have a formula for sensitive tummies it's in an orange container.

Emma - posted on 10/12/2009

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hi my baby is now 10 months & he's just started to slow down with his sickness, i use to pick him up & i would have it all down me.

its very frustrating but trust me it wil eventually calm down.

Kay - posted on 10/12/2009

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For reference if she sicks up regularly and often more than a tablespoon it could be reflux. Also reflux babies are not just sick after feeds but can be sick after sleeps, or when playing. Normal baby sickness or possiting is usually around a tablespoon or less, and occurrs after feeds. With reflux are often other symptoms like - prefers to sleep upright in car seat, bouncer seat or you than lying flat. May kick their feet a lot (relieves tummy ache/acid burn), and the symptom that the health visitors look for: losing or low on weight.



Help for reflux is keep them upright after feeds, raise the cot/basinett so it's almost 45% or get a baby wedge or hammock, try Infant gaviscon (you can get this over the counter or on prescription), and push your doctor for a referral to a specialist for antacids. BEWARE of changing your formula to a soya based one. I did so on the advice of my doctor and the specialist went mental. Aparantly soya has a compound that mimicks the oestrogen compound and although I cannot find anything on the internet that says it's harmful - having a hormonal imbalance myself (I have PCOS), I know that it can give you some pretty awful side affects.



You may get referred a formula like nutramagen but my baby like a lot of babies my specialist had seen really didn't like it. There are other formulas out there you could get prescribed. If you breast feed you may find chaging your diet from cow's milk based products to lactose free (e.g. goats milk) might help. Most babies do grow out of it at six months if that helps...but if it's affecting your sleep badly or your babies weight you must keep pushing the doctors for help.



Best of luck!

Tatia - posted on 10/11/2009

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You might try cranial sacral therapy which is a very gentle therapy often done by oesteopaths. It can often sort out reflux, colic, wind problems with just a couple of sessions. My boy had really bad wind and I took him when he was 10wks and it sorted it in one session. The birth process can upset the flow of cerebral spinal fluid and this has an effect on many different things in the body including digestion.

Hayley - posted on 10/11/2009

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Had the same problem with our daughter. Doctor diagnosed reflux and we now give her Infant Gaviscon after every feed which really works.

Stacy - posted on 10/11/2009

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at around 3 mnths i had my daughter tested for reflux.that was what the problem was and as soon as she got on medication for it there was a huge decrease in how much she was spitting up.

Adrienne - posted on 10/11/2009

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it could be the formula try milk free, or it could be acid reflex- call the doc to se. we had to put my nephew of acid reflex med in his bottle because he threw up all the time !

Carolyn - posted on 10/11/2009

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Yes, it could be. Your pediatrician knows which ones are best for this type of problem, and they can likely give trial samples, too.

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both my girls were the same i put them on a thicker formula which helped lessen the throw ups but doesnt stop it, it is one of those things that they have to grow out of, my second didnt do well on it she is lactose intolerent and had a different formula but still was sick on it so we added thickener.

User - posted on 10/10/2009

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My lil guy Jamie was lactose entollerant and he wasnt ale to hold down any formula, so the doctors gave him a special formula that he didnt throw up and when he was a yea old, he was place on lactade milk.. after about a year, he was able to drink normal milk again!!! Ask ur doctor about changing the formula to better set the baby's stomach!!!

Yvette - posted on 10/10/2009

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Sound like acid reflux or you may need to change milk. Old school way was to addd alittle exter water to milk. A half can extra of water to milk.Child may may alctose intolerant

Marsha - posted on 10/10/2009

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Try not to lay her down after feeding My son throw up all the time and I was told that the muscle at top of his stomach was weak and to keep him upright after he ate and that the muscle would tighten as if grew, which it did at about 5-6 months. He's 32 now and very healthly. Best of Luck

Christina - posted on 10/10/2009

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you may want to take her to her doctor she may have gerd,child reflux..there is nothing u can do to stop it on your own,she may need some medicine and should take it now if thats what is wrong.if left untreated it can cause scaring in her esophagus and hurt her when she is older.i hope this helps.and dont let the doctors tell its nothing,insist u want her to have a xray with the chalk to see if that is what it is.it took over 4 years for them to help my daughter,and it was very hard for me to watch her go through this and not be able to do anything.

Kelly - posted on 10/10/2009

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my daughter is going on 14 when she was around 2-3yrs old we found out she had acid reflux-her dr said that nowadays some babies are born with it-so maybe ask her dr about that-her dr put her on liquid zantac for awhile and hat helped alot

Adele - posted on 10/10/2009

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Hi, my daughter was exactually the same, it was really quite frightening how much she used to throw up. But ask your Gp about reflux. That's what my daughter had and they gave me a medicine to put in her bottle, it soon cleared up :) x

User - posted on 10/10/2009

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some babies are but ask you health visitor for advice as it could be the milk but ask before you change because it could do more harm than good. It could just be trapped wind to. Don't be afraid to ask the docs to. Hope this helps xx

Lindy - posted on 10/10/2009

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It could be the formula...if I were you I would talk to my pediatrician about the situation & see what he/she recommends. I ended up getting free samples of formula when I did that very thing.

Christine - posted on 10/09/2009

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Is your baby still gaining weight at a normal rate? If so thing sound normal. Some spitting up is par to the plan. Try smaller feedings more frequently. If you have any serious concerns, talk to your doctor.

Karla - posted on 10/09/2009

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is it throw up or spit up ? Well my lil 8 month old use to spit up since he was born, I changed his formula to enfamil A.R. it helped him so much, Its been months since his last spit up

Ginny - posted on 10/09/2009

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making sure she doesn't lay completely flat.. Has she been evaulated for acid reflux?

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my son spit up all the time when he was 3 mths and he was allergic to milk and soy based formulas, the Dr put him on a predigested formula , it was very expensive but it worked.

Wendy - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi Erica, There are so many different reasons as to why this is happening the best advice is to talk to your pediatrician about the best way to approach the issue and have her allergy tested . My Oldest son used to vomit each time he ate and it turned out he was getting too much iron. My youngest had sensitivities to the reg. formula and had to have soy based. There are milk, lactose and several other things that can cause allergies.. The specialty formulas can be very expensive and might not work. Talk to her doctor and see what they say. They may even be able to give you a sample of the formula they think would be best for her.

Vanessa - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi Erica! My name is Vanessa and I have a 9 months old boy, who had Acid Reflux, there are special formulas that help with that and also your pediatrician perscribes some medication. Fortunately I live in Mexico and have access to a special milk from Gia Live. I gave him half of that and half of his formula and by the time he was 6 months it was completely gone and my son has never been sick, Thank GOD! This is a milk that is ideal for babies, children and adults and it contains a special fish protein that is called Protengia, that is not only to prevent the Acid Reflux but for many more things. In the USA it is only available in Texas and Tijuana as the closest border. I call it a a miracle milk. www.gialive.com Good Luck!

Tonisha - posted on 10/09/2009

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yes sometimes it is the formula which isn`t agreeing with baby, or decrease the amount some baby stomach or smaller than others.

Michelle - posted on 10/09/2009

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She might have reflux. which is simply the plug at the top of her tummy which stops the food from coming back up isn't closing properly after she drinks. It will fix itself but there are a few things you can do to help in the mean time if that is whats causing it. You can get stuff from the chemest for it also prop up the head end of her cot (stick something under its legs) will help. But google REFLUX and see if it sounds like her.

Gena - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hey Erica, my little girl who is now 15mths old had the same problem. She would spit-up and sometimes throw-up. We changed formula a bunch of times and we tried the feeding her a little at a time and burping. By 2 or 3 mths of age the ped. found out that it was acid reflux. He gave her some meds for acid reflux and by 9mths of age she outgrew it. A little baby that I also keep who is 5mths old has acid reflux. Check with your ped. you never know. Hope everthing works out. Forgot to add beside the meds for reflux she was also put on similac sensitive. Worked out great no more spit-up. Good Luck.

Ashley - posted on 10/09/2009

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i would try switching her to soy formula, both my daughters threw up on the regular formula and regular milk. they also had to drink soy milk when i switched them to milk. i started mixing it with regular milk, and soon they were drinking regular milk. they are now 2 and 4 and no problems.

Amy - posted on 10/09/2009

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My baby boy is 3 months and he throw up alot and then i changed his formula too reflux formula and he does not throw up as much now if you have not tryed it all ready you should give reflux formula a go.

Amy - posted on 10/09/2009

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My baby boy is 3 months and he throw up alot and then i changed his formula too reflux formula and he does not throw up as much now if you have not tryed it all ready you should give reflux formula a go.

Andrea - posted on 10/09/2009

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my little girl is 4 and a half months and she was the same.try dr brown bottles they come with a tube which is inside the bottle and stops the baby being sick as much

Megan - posted on 10/09/2009

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mine, too (on both counts), and I changed a few things, which helped...1) I give her a lactose-free formula (Enfamil Lacto-Free Lipil) when we formula feed, 2) I burp her frequently, for up to 2 minutes 1-2 times per feeding, 3) I feed her more often, in smaller amounts, and 4) reduce crying as much as possible (you probably already do), but this will reduce the air she's swallowing and will reduce the propulsion when she does spit up.



Some of the posts suggest that spitting up could be causing reflux; reflux is actually a symptom of spitting up, not the other way around. It could be that she is experiencing symptomatic (painful( reflux as a result of spitting up so much, which is when the doc may consider meds for treatment.

ANGELICA - posted on 10/09/2009

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probably the formula, try soy and try elevating her head a little when she sleeps, like they do in the hospital. it worked for my son.

Joyce - posted on 10/09/2009

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my son is one now but he was throwing up since he was 1 or 2 months, the doc said he had acid reflux but the medicine never worked he switched from formula to formula and nothing worked they said he would grow out of it and he evntually did about the 8th month thank god!!! hopes it wrks out for your baby good luck!

Siovan - posted on 10/09/2009

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it might be the formula or she might have acid reflux. have her checked out by your pedi. she may be lactose intolerant also

Jessica - posted on 10/09/2009

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Our newest baby girl did the same thing..we changed her formula and it seemed to fix the problem! The doctor kept telling me it was normal and it would stop in a few months. Out of a 4 oz. bottle she would spit up at least 2 oz. I would recommend changing her formula.

Carrie - posted on 10/09/2009

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My son threw up after almost all of his feeds for the first few months. It turned out that he had acid reflux. When I was at the end of my tether and worried sick, the doctors put him onto infant Gaviscon and it stopped the throwing up after about a week. Does your baby hiccup a lot or cry for no apparent reason when being fed? These are also symptoms of acid reflux. I stopped giving my son the Gaviscon after a few weeks and the throwing up has not returned (thank God!) Good luck getting your daughter to hold onto her lunch! I feel your pain.

Jeannette - posted on 10/09/2009

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My son was the same way, we found out he was allergic to dairy and soy. We put him on Nutramigen and he was fine after that. He is now 18 months and his allergies have gone away.

Breelle - posted on 10/09/2009

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i used infamile and the vent air bottles and my son will be one years old and has NEVER spit up! I chose those bottles because it says right on the box prevents spit up!

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Hola Erica! Maybe she has swallowed too much air while she drinks her milk/formula... or maybe she is just like my daughter was, (now 16), she would throw up so high and far we were afraid... It got better in a few months.



Good luck.



It could be the formula; if it comes out cheese like, (too thick). My daughter's was changed a couple of times too.

Mary - posted on 10/09/2009

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I know they are expensive (but cheaper than switching formula)...but Dr. Browns bottles worked really well for my daughter. Letting her sit up (or holding her up) for a while after she eats was also really helpful. With these two things, I was able to feed her Sam's brand formula (which is less than 1/2 the price of enfamil and friends).

Andrea - posted on 10/09/2009

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If she's not unusually fussy after eating or spitting up and is gaining weight I wouldn't worry about acid reflux. As one mom pointed out the flap to the esophagus takes a while to form so there's nothing there yet to keep the food from coming up. My son had the same problem up until he started baby food. Our pediatrician (as others have said) recommended mixing cereal in with his forumla/breast milk after the 4 mo mark which seemed to help. you can also buy a foam wedge for her crib that will keep her at a 45 degree angle during the night (assuming she stays put :o) - but it helps with spitting up during the night. If they spit up too much while they're sleeping they can develop chronic congestion. You can find them pretty cheap at Target or Walmart. I still use mine when my son has a cold and is congested. I'd run all these options by your pediatrician and see what he/she thinks is best for your little angel.

Amber - posted on 10/09/2009

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Oh Jeez, I know where you are coming from. My baby is 7 wks and we are also trying to figure out what is best for her. Anyway, I noticed one person posted something about Good Start Soy but my prob with that one was constipation. My doc said to give her prune juice but she didn't like it. Anyway, she's off the Soy now because it didn't work for her. She's on the Nutramigen (which is extremely expensive!) but it seems to be working although she does still kind of throw up (she may need reflux meds, we'll see). Good luck with it all!

Tina - posted on 10/09/2009

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Spitting up is normal. But, throwing up is an allergy to the formula. I had to change my oldest son to a different type.. he was not keeping formula down. But, if baby is spitting up after feedings.. maybe, getting air in tummy. Or feedings too close.. I don't know how much you are giving to the baby.. but at three months I assume that is at least four ounces at a feeding .. so maybe birp at 2/3 ounces and then when done. That helps.

Plus, spred out feedings.. if baby is feeding too much at one. Call your pediatrian if you are thinking baby is not tolerating the formula.

Cassie - posted on 10/09/2009

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When my daughter was 3 months old she was doing the same thing, although she would projectile vomit. They finally diagnosed her with acid reflux and put her on rantidine 2x a day. I couldnt believe the difference!! And when she turned a year old she had out grown the worst of it. Once in awhile it flares up but no daily meds anymore!!

Maggie - posted on 10/09/2009

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You could be overfeeding her. Some babies don't know when to stop. At 3 months she should be eating between 4 and 6 ounces at a meal. Feed her 2, burp then feed another two. If she seems very hungry (and not like she just wants to suck) then give her a bit more. If she turns her head away then she's done - don't make her finish the bottle. The burp is pretty important, too. Gas bubbles at the bottom of her stomach will come up with the extra formula if you don't burp her halfway through the feeding.

It could be an allergy to the formula but i'd say that's less likely if she doesn't have any other symptoms.

Wendy - posted on 10/09/2009

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Quoting Lena:

Hi Erica...Get her ears checked. My son had a similar problem especially when he started to roll and move a little on his own. What was happening was he was getting dizzy on a full stomach and throwing up......finally at 2years old when it seemed like he had a hearing problem, a weak stomach and balance issues I finally found a doctor who would listen. They discovered he had fluid in his ears ...likely since birth. and that it went undetected all that time. He has since caught up developmentally, but if a doctor had listened to the symptoms when he was 4 months..or 6months old..it would have been way easier for him. Dont let one doctor be the deciding factor. Listen to your gut if you think there is something wrong with this dont just accept what one doctor says..find another..and get a second opinion. The doctor should be checkiing everything from ears to stomach to allergies.,...rather than your little girl just suffering. Some doctors get lazy these days and assume that after hey do all that it will turn out that nothing is wrong, so they dont bother. But a mother knows go with your gut instinct that is what it is there for.



I went through almost say thing with my daughter.. It was her ears all along but being a first time mom the doctor wouldn't listen.. I changed doctors but by that point it had already gotten almost to far.. My daughter ened up with gastronitis and dehydrating cause everytime she would eat it came back up. She was in hospital wen she was 7 months old from it then at 15 months she had tubes in her ears...Find a doctor who will listen "Mothers Know."

Wendy - posted on 10/09/2009

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When my daughter was born a couple months after she started throwing up. Doctor tried to say I was being over protective... By the time she was seven months i was totally drained.. I changed doctors of course they found she had an ear infection and it was hard to treat cause she ended up with dehydrating cause she started having diarrea also... Just make sure they checking the ears good...also gastronitis.

Brandy - posted on 10/09/2009

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my daugter did the same thing. We took her off of powder formula and swithed to liquid and that seemed to help her a lot

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