Projectile Vomitting...

Anne - posted on 01/01/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Our 6 mo old son is STILL randomly projectile vomitting - we brought him to a GI specialist... ran tests and in the end told us he would outgrow it - has anyone had any similar experience?

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Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2009

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My daughter was on Nutramigen formula after soy didn't work. It was god-awful but it did help her vomiting and stomachaches. Good luck again!

Leigh - posted on 01/02/2009

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My son was diagnosed with acid reflux and delayed gastric emptying as a newborn. Breastmilk, regular dairy-based formula, the formula with added rice...all upset his stomach terribly. He would either projectile vomit or spit up large amounts after every feeding, and he was either constipated or had diarrhea every BM. I finally listened to my gut and switched him to a soy formula. After a few months, it was determined that my son was actually intolerant of the milk protein (not lactose intolerant). Switching to the soy formula took care of the problem. When he turned one, we tried him on regular milk again. He didn't vomit, but he had spit-up and terrible diarrhea. We promptly switched to soy milk. Our pediatrician recommended that we stick with soy, but try regular milk every few months to see if he'd outgrown the intolerance (not allergy...we had him tested). We discovered that he'd apparently outgrown it by the time he was five. He had started preschool at age four, and his teacher gave him milk despite the order not to, and he'd not had any trouble with it. Good luck with your little guy...I hope you have a solution soon.

Paulette - posted on 01/02/2009

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I have read the other posts and the fact the gi specialist told you he would outgrow it. Sends up red flags...everyone is coming up with either acid reflux or pyloric stenosis. We are thinking either an allergy to a different formula. I would get another dr. and a second opinion. That is just my suggestion. I hope it gets better for the little guy. My son had a upper gi done and it showed reflux clear up to his throat. A few years later we learn he had an allergy to dairy too. So, I do understand where you are at with the projectile vomitting. Take care and please keep us updated.

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Coriann - posted on 05/21/2012

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My 5 month old has the same problem. At 4 weeks she was admitted into the hospital for the projectile vomitting bc she wouldn't keep down anything including pedialyte. She has an endscopy, upper GI down and 3 ultrasounds down. And the told me she has severe acid reflux and a milk allergy. So she was put on medicine to help with the acid reflux and they changed her formula 4 times. She is now on Neocate formula. It was working for a little while then a couple weeks after she got discharged we were sent back to Boston for another week and half bc she was gaining any weight. So they put her on reglan and it helped alittle bit but now she is back to projectile vomitting again. :(

Anne - posted on 01/03/2009

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Wow.. Nice to know I am not alone ;) Gregory went to the GI specialist at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia; He did a milk scan and an upper GI scan - no diagnosis they found his body functioned properly and did not see he had reflux; he drinks a non dairy formula (our first was allergic to milk so we chose not give Greg milk for now); Our pediatrician was convinced it was acid reflux so he told us to gave him the meds so we have for 6 months - no change in his behavior. He is now down to vomitting only 1 or 2 times a day but it is VERY messy! We went back to the pediatrician this week and he told us that there was nothing we could do and just be sure he stay hydrated and he could be 3 before he outgrows it! Our first only did this for about 2 months and never this bad / much. He never gets dehydrated and gains weight so the docs told us don't worry about. Easy for them to say when they don't have a baby vomitting everywhere they go....

Zoë - posted on 01/02/2009

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Hi there my son is 3 months on and constantly vomits - I have no idea how he puts on weight but he does - I was told that as long as they are feeding well, putting on weight and having wet nappies then its fine. Apparently its their oesophagus not closing properly and it just one day does and the vomiting stops! I hope so anyway I have been thrown up on every day since he was born, Im getting quite good at avoiding it! I was also told that when they start on solids it starts to slow down! Good luck!!

Ashley - posted on 01/02/2009

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i had the same thing with my daughter it started when she was 3 months and i had to put some rice cereal in her bottle just to thicken it up a bit not a lot though come to find out it was acid reflux. they also tested her for pyloricstenosis you could have the doc check him for that. just a thought

Liz - posted on 01/02/2009

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My daughter did that also. I switched her to a soy formula and that stopped the vomit.

Chrissy - posted on 01/02/2009

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yes it is called acid reflux.just add some cereal to his formula.both my girls were on med for this and still vomitted until I listened to myself and added the cereal then I took them off the meds .they still spit a little but held down most of there bottle and out grew this condition about the age of 5 months

Michelle - posted on 01/02/2009

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Our 11 month old daughter did the same thing. We went through 5 formulas before finding one that finally worked. It is called AR by Similac. It already has a little bit of rice cereal in it that helps with the vomiting. GOOD LUCK! It is pitiful seeing them when this happens!

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We had our child (now 12yrs) projectile vomiting (a couple of times per day) and admitted to hospital at about 8 weeks old. They thought he had Pyloric Stenosis, but it turned out that he had biliary atresia. This thankfully was fixed up with heavy duty drugs. Consult your Paediatrician - definitely. You want to get on top of this.

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2009

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FYI: Pyloric stenosis is predominant in white males who are the first born, and is sometimes hereditary. It also gets worse and worse and tends NOT to get better.

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2009

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YES! Have him checked for pyloric stenosis. Our son went through a similar situation and got so dehydrated he nearly DIED. He was only 6 weeks when he got sick, but it can't hurt to have him checked. Also, our son was misdiagnosed with reflux first so don't trust a first opinion and go with your gut. Good luck, projectile vomiting is a beast. :(

Bev - posted on 01/02/2009

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Hi, my second baby did it terribly...no one else wanted to feed him except for me. We also had tests run and was told he would outgrow it...he did. There is light at the end of the tunnel. My third baby also has done it. She is almost 6 months old. We had to put her on meds twice a day for it as she wasn't gaining enough weight. As long as he is healthy and gaining weight just hang tight. It will get better.

Dixie - posted on 01/02/2009

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My 2 year old projectile vomited at least 3 times a day, after being told he would outgrow it and about 7 ot 8 formula changes I got tired of it...one Saturday he was wheezing really bad, so we went to UK hospital...they said he had asthma...I took him to an asthma specialist, she said it was acid reflux, did an upper gi, started him on liquid zantac and it stopped until he needed an increase in meds. Now he is on reglan 2ml 4X a day and 15 mg of previcid per day....ask for an upper gi....it will show if he has reflux or not....it took less than 3 minutes for it to show on my little man. If your son has hypotonia (low muscle tone) it will last longer than the average child. Good Luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/02/2009

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It could be an allergy or reflux-- Zantac worked wonders for us. Our baby cried all night for his first 3 months and then once I googled and diagnosed him myself (after MANY trips to the dr) and we got him on Zantac, he started sleeping and was FINALLY a happy baby. Also after giving him Similac Alimentum for months (which was very helpful and he digested alot more easily than breast milk or other formulas), we are now giving him Enfamil AR Lipil which is supposed to reduce spit up. It has also worked great for us and he's eating more than ever and almost never spits up anymore.

Shelly - posted on 01/02/2009

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Is he on a milk based formula? My oldest son projectile vomited EVERY bottle. We found out that he had a milk allergy (casseine milk protein). We switched him to Soy based formula and he was fine! He is now 12 and still allergic to milk. If you take your son to an allergist they can test him for different foods and you will have your answer. It could also be reflux, but I would test him for allergies!

Premila - posted on 01/02/2009

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My 3 year old did that for about a year after he was born. He had acid reflux. He did out grow it. He was on acid reflux medication until he turned 2.

Sandy - posted on 01/02/2009

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My oldest did that, we eventually put him on lactose free milk and it stopped.

User - posted on 01/02/2009

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we took our daughter to an infant osteopath. ( sorry not sure I spelt that right) they adjusted her neck at the base of her spine, apparently common in babies, she never threw up again.

Melanie - posted on 01/01/2009

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My son did the same thing. His pediatrician said it was reflux and that he would outgrow it. He did stop within days of his 1st birthday. I was always concerned it would affect his growth, but it did not at all. It was scary when it happened, but it was a short term thing and he came out of it just fine. Good luck!

User - posted on 01/01/2009

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YES!!! My son spits up constantly!!! They told us he would also outgrow it. I have found that when I don't drink enough water, he does it more (since I am breastfeeding). Also, keep your baby upright for 30 mins after feeding.

Stephanie - posted on 01/01/2009

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My 23 year old did that when he was a baby. It didn't matter what his intake was - he'd projectile vomit half of it. Some people wouldn't sit near him or hold him. He was a full term baby, but little for his age - his pediatrician said that the upper sphincter / valve in his stomach hadn't matured enough to stay shut / closed - and that with age it would correct itself. It did before he was a year old, and he's had no further problems since.

Paula - posted on 01/01/2009

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My 19 year old did the same thing and now her new baby is also doing it, she did finally outgrow it, what a relief. This was on breast milk or formula. Her daughter has only had breast milk and does it every feeding. She is going to talk to her pedicatrician about acid reflux and whether he can put her on something for that. We'll see

Heather - posted on 01/01/2009

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My daughter used to projectile vomit every time she poo'd. I eventually found out she was lactose intollerent & I changed her formula & it stopped.

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