please give feedback,newborn spitting up all of bottle

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 52 moms have responded )

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has anyone had this happen with their baby. my son is three weeks old and about 4 days ago he began eating less and spitting up almost all of his bottle at every feeding. he went from drinking a full four ounces every four hours with no spit ups to only drinking two or three ounces spitting up almost the whole thing. i have already brought him to the doctor and been told to change his formula twice. the doctor said that it is normal and because he hasnt lost any weight that there is nothing to be concerned about. he is in pain when i try to burp him and the formula all comes up. i am getting a second opinion tomorrow but i would love to know if anyone else has experienced this with their children and am open to any advice please.

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Bernice - posted on 11/01/2015

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My daughter was also having the same issues, but since I started using babies magic tea all tummy troubles disappeared.

Suzanne - posted on 09/28/2009

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I'm so glad to hear that he is okay. When I read this, pyloric stenosis was the first thing I thought of. I'm glad it was diagnosed early. My husband had it when he was a baby and now he just has a tiny scar on his belly and he is very healthy.

CRIS - posted on 09/28/2009

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My son is now 22 years old but he did this when he was 2 weeks old and they said it was reflex , I had to always feed him holding him sitting up like sitting in a baby seat. Sometimes it helped sometimes it didn't he grew out of it just as they said by the time he was six months old but it was scary worring wether or not he was getting enough milk to survive. He started out as a big baby almost 10lbs and lost it all being only 9 lbs at 6 mos. old but didn't hurt him though he's now 5'10" and weighs 190lbs.

Jenna - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

silent reflux, ask the pediatrician if this is what it could be. There could also be a cyst in the stomach, no need to be concerned my husband had this as a baby and he outgrew it it is suppose to be hereditary. All I can say is that if it is reflux, do not let them over medicate. we saw a pediatric GI who over medicated our son when he went in for a normal healthy checkup the pediatrician reduced him down and it made a huge difference. Big fan of prevacid as opposed to Zantac, taste is better and a lot smoother of a medicine (less side effects).



 



I agree with not over medicating, we trie4d the meds for our son with relux but it didnt seem to help as much as the "sludge" thick cereal, they even make feeder bottle for it to make it easier.





 

Crystal - posted on 09/28/2009

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Mylanta Supreme is another good medicine the Pediatrician said we could use if he was upset to calm the stomach and burning ask about that too!

Crystal - posted on 09/28/2009

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silent reflux, ask the pediatrician if this is what it could be. There could also be a cyst in the stomach, no need to be concerned my husband had this as a baby and he outgrew it it is suppose to be hereditary. All I can say is that if it is reflux, do not let them over medicate. we saw a pediatric GI who over medicated our son when he went in for a normal healthy checkup the pediatrician reduced him down and it made a huge difference. Big fan of prevacid as opposed to Zantac, taste is better and a lot smoother of a medicine (less side effects).

Jenna - posted on 09/28/2009

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ok I had this problem with my 1st and 4th children. The 1st one did it within 4 days, we added cearal to the bottles, we found out he had reflux, the cearal minimized it. However with the 4th child he started it at about 3 weeks old also, He had piloric stenosis(dont know the actul spelling) That is where the muscle at the bottom of the stomach is to tight and dosent allow the food to digest so it comes back up. They had him drink a bottle with white chalky stuff in it while they did and ultra sound and they could see the muscle not open. we had a very quick surgery @ childrens hosp in delaware, lacprscopic (can even tell he had it) they fixed it. He is turning 3 thursday and you would never know he had it. Fight for the docs to do and ultra sound, it may even just ease your mind.

Kathryn - posted on 09/27/2009

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Do you warm your bottles?? I have a friend whose baby had terrible acid reflux and they kept her bottles in a cooler. I think room tempature may work too. It will take him about a week or two to get used to the tempature change, but it helped them so maybe it could help you too!

Jennifer - posted on 09/27/2009

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i want to truely thank all of you ladies for your feedback. if it wasnt for you all my son may not have been diagnosed correctly. it turns out that he has pyloric stenosis and he underwent a successful surgery this morning to repair the problem. my little 24 day old angel is doing fine now thanks to all you wonderful women.

Susan - posted on 09/26/2009

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Definitely get a second opinion! Although you didn't mention projectile vomiting, your son could have "pyloricstenosis" (sp?). My husband had it and had to get surgery and his sister's daughter had it & had to get surgery as well. While my husband had major projectile vomiting, our niece did not have any...just major spitting up. This is something to definitely check into. It can cause death because there is a blockage that needs to be opened up. Your the mother and you know your baby. Hopefully it's nothing but if it doesn't seem right to you, get several opinions until a doctor will listen to you!! They DONT always know best and sometimes push diagnosises aside and the consequences are devastating. Good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 09/25/2009

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thank you all for your advice and reassurance...went to the doctor today and found out that my little angel has acid reflux and has to be put on medication. hopefully that and the thickening of his formula with oatmeal will help. once again thank you all!!!!!

Megan - posted on 09/24/2009

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just to reassure a little - it always seems like they are spitting up more than they eat. It's just the fluid, etc from their bodies.

BUT if it is happening every time they eat, I would be concerned and want a doctor's reassurance more than once. Plenty of kids have reflux problems abd if he keeps gaining weight, then it's not a big deal. But I wouldn't want to see weight loss or even stability over a couple of weeks at this age. Also, be aware of his coloring and skin. He shouldn't start looking pale or grey/blue. His skin should go raight back to where it was if you pinch a little bit of it.

Jackie - posted on 09/24/2009

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I haven't seen if this has been resolved, but I would like to share my experience with this problem. I had the exact problem with my son. He would not spit up, but throw up EVERYTHING. The doctor told me I wasn'ut burping him enough. Then I changed his formula. Tried him on soy. Finally the doctor told me it was something I was doing. At almost six weeks old, I told the office that I wasn't moving out of his office until something was done.

They put him in the hospital and diagnosed him with pyloxis stinosis (spelling error). Now he is almost 13 and growing, and eating just fine. There was surgery involved, but it was well worth it. I hope all has turned out well.

Heather - posted on 09/24/2009

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i had a friend whose baby did this and it turns out he has acid reflux. take him to the doctor cuz if he does have that he'll need to get on medicine!

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I would say stop after every ounce and feed him then when all done recline him so not laying completely flat ( in a swing or bouncy ) and see if that helps ............ also a couple of drops (literally like 2 or 3 drops ) of oval or mylicon in the bottle may help with the gas pains ..

Sandy - posted on 09/24/2009

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Yes my son was only a week when i started noticing he had bad gas to where he would cry all day,so the doc switch his milk to similac for gas,he started off ok until he bleed in the stool and caught a nasty rash,we switched that to nutrimagen,thats when the throwing up begin,now spitting up is just milk coming down the face,throwing up projectively is far away(thats what my son was doing) now he lost a pound and had a lot of dirty diapers with that milk so we took him to the doc and he thought we would have to do surgery on the stomach but at the end it all ended up to be him having allergies to cow milk,he's on a special milk.My sister had the same problem with her baby not taking the milk and her doc told her the hole in the nipples might be big and try putting cereal in the milk to thicken it,so there's different problems with different babies not taking in the milk.The best thing is to ask another opinion and bring up as much questions.Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 09/24/2009

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Might be reflux, certainly sounds like it could be. Best to check with the Dr - Zantac for reflux helped my little girl keep her feeds in her belly. Hang in there, it will get easier!!

Jamie - posted on 09/24/2009

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Alot of the time it seems like a lot of spit up, like the whole bottle but when really it's just a little. My breastfed baby eats about 4-6 ounces at a feeding and will spit up some huge spots (like 3-5 inches in diameter). So I got curious and weighed her after spitting up so much and she only lost an ounce.Unless the baby is crying when laid flat, and is crying to eat more after word it seems like something you have to just deal with. Try a slower nipple as well sometimes baby just gets the milk too fast. My lil girl is a little over 5 months and she still spits up a lot and the doctor says it's just something I have to deal with.

Tracey - posted on 09/24/2009

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I experienced this and ufortunately it went on for quite a few months, although all doctors kept saying he was fine because he was gaining weight. I out my son on a lactose free formula. It seemed to help a little bit although he still vomited more than an other child I knew. I was then told that the lactose free probably wasn't helping and it was just changing to a different brand that helped. One thing that made a bit of a difference was using concentrated liquid formula instead of powder. It again made it happen a little bit less but he still vomited more than I thought was normal. I started feeing him cereal at about 4 months and started vegetables etc. at five months and it then started decreasing even more. I am now happy to report that he is 9.5 months old and only spits up about once a day and it is only about a teaspoon amount. I hope this gives you some comfort. I know it is hard but hang in there.

Ginger - posted on 09/24/2009

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SORRY about what is happening to your little one. Ask about Carnation Formula..

I had 3 children, but I also did day care out of my home for quite a few yrs. and every time they were put on Carnation, NO MORE SPIT UP!!!

Alicia - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

please give feedback,newborn spitting up all of bottle

has anyone had this happen with their baby. my son is three weeks old and about 4 days ago he began eating less and spitting up almost all of his bottle at every feeding. he went from drinking a full four ounces every four hours with no spit ups to only drinking two or three ounces spitting up almost the whole thing. i have already brought him to the doctor and been told to change his formula twice. the doctor said that it is normal and because he hasnt lost any weight that there is nothing to be concerned about. he is in pain when i try to burp him and the formula all comes up. i am getting a second opinion tomorrow but i would love to know if anyone else has experienced this with their children and am open to any advice please.



I had to put my daughter on a non soy non dairy formula. When she was ounger she could not do the lactose, and we found out she could not do soy either. Try putting on a soy formula first. if he is still spitting up use a formula that does not have soy or lactose in it. I wish i could remeber the name of the formula. I hope he gets to filling better.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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thank you all for the advice...i will bring all this up to the doctor tomorrow

Amy - posted on 09/24/2009

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my nephew was the same way would spit up all of his bottle everytime and it was diag as acid reflux they put him on Enfamil Gentlese and he was fine with it!! I read thats what you changed him too last I hope its working out better for the both of you!! Good luck

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I had this problem with my son and my doctor switched him to a soy formula and he stopped spitting up the formula and was less colicky. Hope this helps you.

Mel - posted on 09/24/2009

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sounds like refulx hon my son was the same he was fine until he was 4 weeks old then he started doing the same thing you lil one is doing. it took nearly 3 months and 5 doctors before he was diagnosed with severe reflux i found the medicines didnt really help but i started using baby cereal to thicken his milk and although he would still chuck some up alot of it would stay in his belly and he finally started putting on weight. hope this helps and good luck

Leeanne - posted on 09/24/2009

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There is a rare condition that causes these same symptoms... my friends baby did the same thing and after 4 weeks and several formulas later, they sent her in to see a specialist and she was diagnosed with it.. she underwent surgery to fix it the next day and now she is perfect! Apparently it isn't very common so most pediatricians miss diagnose it as reflux! My friends baby was on two different reflux meds before they ever tested her! I think it is good to get the second opinion!

Sue - posted on 09/24/2009

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My son had to be on Nutramagen made by Enfamil, when I stopped breastfeeding at 4 months. His tummy couldn't handle regular formula. He puked up everything also until he was put on Nutramagen. It is expensive but it is the closest thing to breast milk you can find and it is gentle on the tummy. If you have your son on WIC they will give it to you if your doctor fills out a form that your son has to have it.

Rachel - posted on 09/24/2009

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you may wanna have the doctor check for reflux. my daughter does the smae thing and she has reflux..hope this helps ... good luck

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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my daughter started having this problem when she was about a month old she had been put on Simalac Advance and we tried the Gentle Ease and that made it worse then we got the Simalac Sensitive and it fixed her completely and thats what she has been on ever since and the spit-ups stopped completely. Try it if nothing else works or even the Simalac Soy. Good luck hope you find something.

Brittney - posted on 09/24/2009

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Have you tried nutramigen baby formula I had to put my daughtor on that when she was little for the same reasons she had a milk allergy

Shyla - posted on 09/24/2009

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The emfimile AR worked for my little girl. The gental ease made her even sicker. I don't know I hope it helps

Danielle - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter did the same thing, the trick is to feed with them sitting up and do not move them for anything right after they have eaten. I also changed to sentive system in the siml. brand. The other thing is feed a little at a time, like 2 ounces every one hour. Their are some gas drop that you can get so it not so critical for you to brup him right after feeding him. And what ever you do, do not add any kind of motion to his world after eating. I compare it to when your drunk and you get the spins you just know your going to throw up. I hope this has helped in any way good luck.

Martha - posted on 09/24/2009

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Both of my sons had this problem We had to switch them to Soy Formula. We were also told to burp after every ounce. We also added cereal to the formula to make it heavier. After each feeding they were to sit up for 30 minutes. The last thing we had to do with my oldest, he was the worst, was to elevate his head at a 45 degree angle while he slept. By the time my 2nd son went through it the Doctor gave us some medicine that helped some. It is a pain but doing all of that seemed to help. Good luck I truly know what you are going through:)

Christy - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter would do the same thing. She was gagging on perfume or cologne. When she was under 3 months, no one could hold her if they were wearing any. Solved the problem.

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2009

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My son did threw up his bottles when i switched from breastfeeding to bottle feeding. Turns out he was having problems with regular milk based formulas. I switched brands and no change. I gave him soy based formula and the spitting up somewhat slowed down. My doctor put him on (not his pediatrician) some zantac for babies. That did the trick. My son is 12 months now and can drink regular cow's milk with no problems. I recommend trying soy based formula (isomil advance is what i used)

Marie - posted on 09/24/2009

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My son is now 12, but when he was 3 weeks old he had what they call Pyloric Stenosis. It usually happens around 3 weeks. It is a condition where the stomach muscle is completely closed off so therefore he spit up everything!! we had to make sure we had a change of clothes for us and him! It takes surgery to fix this problem. Like i said, my son is now 12 and you would never even guess he had anything wrong with him when he was a baby!!

I would definitely get a second opinion and ask them to check him out for this!!

ALEANNA - posted on 09/24/2009

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Jennifer your son sounds just like my husband as a baby... he didn't have any issues in the first couple weeks but then started throwing up everything. Today we know it's from reflux, milk allergies and his throat being to small... which as a small baby you can get your throat stretched, without much pain, as an adult or teenager it is much harder and much more painful. I'm not trying to give you any additional worry, but something you might want to ask your doctors about! God Bless!

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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Quoting April:

Hi Jennifer, i had the same problem with my son, he wasn't in pain whilst winding but he was a very very sicky baby.. I read that you have changed your formula milk twice, have you tried Aptimil comfortable digestion? I changed my sont to that eventually and it really really helped, since we switched him to that he hasn't been sick on his bottles. Just a suggestion though, hope it helps x


thank you we just started him on enfamil gentle ease yesterday and i have a second opinion from a new doctor scheduled tomorrow...i will ask about that formula

Zoe - posted on 09/24/2009

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My eldest did this and was diagnosed with reflux. He may need gaviscon before a feed and is best on cow & gate comfort formula (it used to be called omneocomfort, but think this is the correct new name). That was sufficient to almost stop it for my son but there are stronger medications that can be given as well if they do start to lose weight. It passes as they grow older and is caused simply by immaturity of the stomach and stomach muscles. It is more common in small babies and pre-term babies.



Hope that helps! x

Tina - posted on 09/24/2009

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sounds like he might have acid reflux my daughter staed about 2 weeks of age i started putting a little ceeal in her bottle to help hold the milk down better

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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i had him on liquid at first and than the doc made us switch to something that i could only find in powder

User - posted on 09/24/2009

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HI my cousin expienced this with her newborn he did they same spitting up after every feeding they told her to change formulas finally they diagnoised him with pyloric stynosis not sure if that is the corret spelling but i kno he had surgey and is a healthy 4 year old with a tiny light scare on his belly? my son is one month old today and is doin the same ur baby is and its scary i go through like 10 bibs a day and am washing clothes like crzy. hope this helps u should try googling it. :)

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I had a neice that did this and they had to put baby cereal in the formula to make it thicker and helped her hold it down.

Gayle - posted on 09/24/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter. It turned out that the water I was using to mix her formula was so polluted (out of the tap) that it was making her sick.

April - posted on 09/24/2009

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Hi Jennifer, i had the same problem with my son, he wasn't in pain whilst winding but he was a very very sicky baby.. I read that you have changed your formula milk twice, have you tried Aptimil comfortable digestion? I changed my sont to that eventually and it really really helped, since we switched him to that he hasn't been sick on his bottles. Just a suggestion though, hope it helps x

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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i burp him after about every ounce he drinks....and he just spits it all up

Michelle - posted on 09/24/2009

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Could be reflux. My daughter wasen't that bad but she did spit up a lot. Are you using the powered formula? We had to switch to concentrated formula in order to get it to stop with her. Hope you get it sorted out soon! Good luck:o)

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