Vomit or Spit Up?

Krysta - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old daughter will drink her whole 4 or 5 oz bottle and sometimes she will throw up the whole thing right after. Its not projectile but it is a lot of puke! Is she just spitting up or is this actual vomiting and should I be worried?

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Linda - posted on 12/18/2009

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Throwing up the whole bottle doesn't sound good, however when babies spit up sometimes it seems like a lot more than there actually is. Try this to see if it's really as much as you're thinking. Spill 2 tablespoons of water on the counter. Such a small amount appears to be a lot more! Now imagine if you spilled 4-5 oz.out on the counter. I did this w/ my firstborn because I thought he was spitting up nearly a whole bottle. I found it was probably only a couple of tablespoons.

If you're still not at ease, I would call her doctor.

C. - posted on 12/18/2009

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When it's the whole bottle, it's vomit. Spit up is more like an ounce or two. Make sure you are holding her upright long enough after she eats, about 30-45 minutes, and make sure she is burped enough (usually one or two little burps won't cut it if she's vomiting the whole bottle up). If that hasn't worked and if you're giving formula, she may be allergic to it and you may need to change from milk-based to soy (my son did the same thing when he was a newborn and we had to switch him to soy at 2 weeks, but his was projectile). If you're giving soy formula, you may need to change the bottle. I mostly used the Playtex Drop-Ins. They are really good and they are inexpensive if you're on a budget. Now, if you don't like those, I have heard Dr. Brown's are wonderful, but they cost quite a bit more.



Also, it could be Acid Reflux or GERDs (GERDs is a more violent form of Acid Reflux). If that's the case, you may have to switch her to a Sensitive formula (my cousin's baby has GERDs and she had to use Similac Sensitive, so that may work for your baby if that is what she has.)



If you're breastfeeding, it could be that she is allergic to whatever you're eating (as that goes through your milk), so you may want to ask her Ped. if she's allergic to certain things that you are able to avoid.



If it's just gas and burping doesn't work, try another technique. I had to start putting my son on my knee facing forward, placed my hand directly under his stomach and let him lean onto my hand. I patted him on the back and that usually helped. In some instances that still didn't help, and in those cases I used Mylicon Infant's Gas Drops. My son took it straight, but some babies won't so you may have to put it in her bottle.



I hope you find the source of it soon! Good luck!

User - posted on 12/18/2009

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My grandson does alot of what we calling puking after his bottle. Sometimes it could be a few hours later and out comes the puke. We talked to the doctor and she said not to worry about any of the puking as long as he is gaining weight.

Diane - posted on 12/18/2009

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Our kid went 9 months with a 'reflux' problem...says her ped. Then due to a case of Roto virus, she went on a soy formula. She had an eaiser time digesting it. A lactose free formula does nothing... a kid will still reflux to a 'sugar free' formula. It's the protien they are spitting up. Soy formula is also a ton easier for their system to digest. Or try the Carnation formula that states it's broken down into a ton of little pieces. At one year, horribly enough, we found our kid had a dairy allergy. She was throwing up do to it. And an egg allergy and deathly allergic to peanut/nuts. Does your kid have rashes, redness, hives where the spit up lands? Is their diaper a mess? Meaning 'the stuff' and the skin down there? Ask your ped to see an allergist to rule it out. Kids can be tested at any age, if your ped says nnnooooooo! maybe get a second opinion? I am not trying to scare you or be on a kick for food allergies...just trying to rule something out that would have saved her/us a ton of time, pain, issues. Good luck, take care.

Sonam - posted on 12/19/2009

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try...to givr them a big burb rightafter drinking the milk...it helped with my daughter

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Harneet - posted on 09/18/2013

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hi my 1year and 2month baby did vomiting when every time he fall down .....please help me

S_michelle_n - posted on 07/05/2013

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My daughter is 15 weeks & a couple of days she spits up quit a whether its formula or nursing ? we lightened on the amount of formula but she still spits up, not losing weight or anything but how can the spit up slow down or stop or is it completely okay ? She doesn't fuss or nothing it just comes out & she's fine also ! How many oz is okay for her to drink ? She doesn't seem full with 6oz so were on 8 now? I read could be allergies ? Cus it happens with two formulas we tried similar & enfamil ?

Renee - posted on 12/20/2009

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Hi. If it happens every time you give her a bottle it might be worth getting her checked by a doctor. My son did the same thing and actually has now been diagnosed with a milk allergy. But it might also be something like reflux as well which there are different formulas you can try for this.

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Hi
My namer is Laura n i thought i could help u a little with ur question. My son Caleb was exactly like your kid he would drink his milk then bring most of it back up. I thought there was somewthing wrong so i had asked my doc about him n check him out. He told me that he was growing well n that he just had a weaker stomach lining n with time it would tighten n he would stop vomitting. He got better with age, when he was 6 months it he vomitted very little n by 8 months he stopped. i was very glad he stopped made life much easier:)

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Vishali - posted on 12/18/2009

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Hi ,

I had the same problem with my gal since she started bottle feeding.

I discussed this with my doc, many times, as she still spits up. now she is 6 months.

doc advise : if your baby appears happy and as active as ever and is gaining weight properly, then no need to worry. he says its very common. he suggest thickeninng the formula with rice creal. Thickening the milk really helped my gal. she has stopped spitting so much since then. but she still spits up a little, after every feed.



i hope this helps :)

User - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter used to do the same thing but when I told her doctor he said your child is the best judge and knows when he/she is full but their belly is only so big so just make sure you burp her well. Also I would also ask about acid reflex

Cassie - posted on 12/18/2009

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my 3 month old daughter use to do that also. i switched her bottles from the soothie to the dr brown bottles and changed her formula to A.R and it has completely stopped. the best advise i can give you is to talk to your dr about it. maybe she has acid reflux. you might want to get that checked out.

Tara - posted on 12/18/2009

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It's likely reflux or an air bubble pushing up what she's just eaten - easiest way to tell the difference between spitup and vomit is that spitup usually looks and smells mostly like the breastmilk or formula baby has just eaten, while vomit has a more sour smell, is chunkier and usually will be accompanied by that nasty gagging sound most people get when they vomit. I would check with your pediatrician to see if she has reflux if burping her more often doesn't help - something that helps with my daughter (who does have reflux) is feeding her more in a sitting position and keeping her upright for about 20 minutes after feeding her.

Melissa - posted on 12/18/2009

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Do you notice her gagging as well? Because she may have acid reflux. My son had that he needed to go to a hospital in Danville to see a gastro doctor. He put him on Zantac. He needed to take it I believe once a day, and once he started moving more like crawling, and walking he grew out of it (I think he was about 1 year old)

Samantha - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter did the same thing her doc told me to put 1 tablespoon of rice cereal per 4oz, keep her upright for half hour after she was done eatting, and that helped her a lot! Also not let her drink the whole thing at one time, i try to stop every 2 oz and burp her. I didn't want to have to put her on any med for the reflux. Her doc said it will not happen once she gets bigger and stands.

Renae - posted on 12/18/2009

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This is very common. It often looks like a lot more than it actually is. It is probably reflux, but if it does not bother her, is not appearing to cause pain and she is still gaining weight the doctor will probably just tell you she is a "happy spitter" (they usually call it). It is a hassle to keep changing clothes and you will learn to keep an old towel in front of her when she is going to do it so you can just throw the towel in the wash. But apart from being a hassle it usually doesn't cause any problems. It should improve after 12 weeks and sometimes goes away all together. If it is causing her pain then your doctor can prescribe an antacid.

Kandice - posted on 12/18/2009

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My 3 mo old does the same thing sometimes. Doctor said not to worry unless she isn't gaining weight. It also probably looks like more then it actually is. If she is gaining weight don't worry.

Jane - posted on 12/18/2009

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My ped. said that it may seem like a lot but in reality it's only a little. It looks like a lot more when they spit it up just a teaspoon can make a very big puddle of spit up.

Jodi - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter did the same thing. I was breastfeeding so I changed things in my diet until it stopped. Perhaps try a different formula, or go to your doctor and get her advice. I'm sure he/she hears of it all the time and can give you some sound medical tips! Good luck!

Maggie - posted on 12/18/2009

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my son did that for a while when i switched from breast to bottle.... but his was kinda like projectile...so gross especially at 5 in the morning.... but I switched his bottle's from the soothie bottles to the vent air nurser bottles...and it stopped... I have used the vent air with all my kids...so I would try to switch bottles...that might help...

Kylie - posted on 12/18/2009

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sounds like bubby has airbubbles, my son who was breastfed and bottle fed needed to be stopped partway thru the feed to allow him to burp, then resume the feed. I learnt from that and now my lil girl gets her feed in 2-3 segments, dependin on how hungry she is. If they swallow airbubbles and cont drinking the milk just sits on top of the bubbles and wen the bubbles rise so does the milk. Just stop the feed a few times and burp bubby, if this doesnt work it could be an intolerance and u may need to speak to a doc. Hope this helps

Andrea - posted on 12/18/2009

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Have you ever asked her doctor about Acid Reflux..Both my son and daughter had/ have this and we found it at about this same age with my son and found it at birth with my daughter.. I also had to have my son on soy cause he could handle the milk protien that is in formula.. Also they were both put on Zantac for it... Hope this is helpful.. Best wishes and take care

EmAlEn - posted on 12/18/2009

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my twins used to do same thing. they would nearly bring up there whole bottle!!! could be reflux, i tried using a lactose free formula n that worked chek with doctor first

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