When is spit up reflux?

Alesha - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My little guy, 4 weeks old, has been spitting up for 2 weeks now. Normally I wouldn't be worried about a little spit up, but it keeps getting worst. Today was the worst day so far. He pretty much spat up everything he ate. I have broken down his feedings so that they arent as much at one time, but it only helps a bit. I have been reading on reflux, and I am hoping that it is just something all babies go through. But I was hoping there was some mom advice on how to deal with it, and make life a bit easier for my little guy.

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Linda - posted on 07/30/2013

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I had the same problem with my little guy. I ended up going on his blood type diet and everything came to a halt, and he is now a different baby. He was jaundice for the first 10 weeks of his life and when I changed my diet it went away.

Megan - posted on 08/28/2010

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is it more vomit than spit up?? we went round and round with our doctors and tried almost every kind of formula before they would agree with us that is was the reflux, they finally put him on a thicker formula and he is doin so much better.

Barb - posted on 08/28/2010

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my boy has acid refux 2 he is on opermizole it helps alot but i hear that acid reflux can b cause by milk allergys?try lactose free stay strong and keep him calm

DECTRINI - posted on 08/25/2010

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THE A.R. FORMULA MIGHT HELP BECAUSE THAT'S WAT THEY PUT MY BABY ON BEFORE HE HAD HIS SURGERY.

DECTRINI - posted on 08/25/2010

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MY BABY HAD REFLUX AND HE WAS THROWING UP AFTER EVERYT BOTTLE AND WAS EVEN STARTIN 2 LOSE WEIGHT. THE BEST THING FOR YOU 2 DO IS TAKE HIM 2 THE DOCTOR BECAUSE IT COULD GET WORST. I TOOK MY BABY 2 THE DOCTOR FOR THAT AND HE WAS DIAGNOSE WITH PYLOVIC STENOSIS. IT'S WHERE YOUR BABY STOMACH MUSCLE IS 2 TIGHT FOR HIS FOOD 2 STAY DOWN..... AND HE HAD 2 HAVE SURGERY IMMEDIATELY. I EVEN KNEW A BABY WHO DIED FROM IT BECAUSE THE DOCTOR DIDN'T DIAGNOSE HER WITH THAT.

Alison - posted on 08/25/2010

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Try taking him to a chiropractor. Little known fact: chiropractics is highly effective in reducing reflux in newborns! (colic too)

Nola - posted on 08/25/2010

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Are you breastfeeding or is he on formula? If he is on formula, he might be reacting to it and you should try another kind. I tried every formula out there for my daughter and I ended up using a soya formula. Either way I think if you are that frustrated you should take him to the doctor. It is probably nothing, but it will give you peace of mind. Children know when parents are upset and they react to it. I hope he grows out of his little problem, best of luck!

Dawn - posted on 08/25/2010

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Glad you are on top of it!! My son was spitting up starting at your son's age, but we didn't really address it until 3 months and then he had developed symptoms...back arching, not gaining weight. Enfamil AR and Zantac worked great for us.....by 8 months he was off medication and would barely spit up. He is now 18 months and normal!! Tip on the medication: have the doctor prescribe the Zantac, it is liquid not a dissolvable pill.....and have the pharmacy add a childrens flavoring...it has a mint flavor that is HORRIBLE tasting!!!

Alesha - posted on 08/25/2010

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Thank you everyone! I brought him to the nurse to see what she said and from what I told her I have a happy spitter on my hands! We have been tracking his feedings and watching his weight gain, (its been a tad slower than most, gain only 3-4 oz per week) and we are going in for a follow up next week. But with all your help tips we have been able to reduce the amount of spit up. Thanks again :)

Renae - posted on 08/24/2010

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There are different types of reflux. It does sound like your baby could have reflux. Spitting up is a symptom of reflux when it is a "power chuck", for want of a better way to describe it. It comes out hard and fast, there is LOTS of it and it sprays everywhere.

There is some good news. This type of reflux does not always cause pain, sometimes it doesn't bother the baby at all. Some babies experience pain and scream when they spit up. The other type of reflux is silent reflux where they have the pain but do not spit up.

Usually if there is no pain, reflux is not treated, it is just considered a nuisance but not dangerous so they just let them grow out of it. There are cases where the baby does not keep enough of the feed down and does not gain weight or grow - these cases need to be treated. I wont go into telling you about treatments as I dont want to worry you; you didn't say anything about your baby being in pain so chances are treatment wont be necessary. Most babies grow out of reflux between 6 and 12 months old.

There are formula thickeners you can buy that help to keep the formula down, ask at a pharmacy. There is also a thickener that can be given to breastfed babies before feeds and it thickens the milk in their stomach to help keep it down. You are better off using thickeners designed for treatment of reflux than trying to thicken it yourself with cereal and guessing the quantities to use.

You should also consider allergies as the spitting up could be a reaction to something. Try some low allergy formula (again the pharmacy should be able to help you). You should also see your family doctor who may want you to come in weekly or fortnightly to keep an eye on your baby's progress and weight gain.

Jenee - posted on 08/24/2010

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Remember that when they spit up it always seems like more then it really is. Since the formula/ breast milk is mixed with saliva and stomach juices. As along as your child is gaining the proper weight then there should be no problem. I would cut down on the feedings. It is possible that you might just be feeding too much. Even if you have broken down the feedings it still might be too much.

In order to be diagnosed with Reflux you need to see your doctor. There are other symptoms that play into reflux such as arching of the back, screaming during feeding and screaming when being laid down flat.

Reflux medication will only stop the acid from coming up into the throat which will cancel out the pain but it will DO NOTHING for the spitting up.

They do make thicker formulas such as Enfamil AR which has added rice to make it thicker. You could try that.

My son was diagnoed with reflux at 4 weeks. He was put on Zantac twice a day and Mylanta twice a day. Though the Zantac helped with the pain, it did not help with his spitting up. My son was spitting up so much that he started to loose weight. He was sent to see a Gastro and suggested to thicken his formula which worked great. That combined with cutting down his feeding helped a lot. By about 8 months his reflux was completely gone.

Catherine - posted on 08/24/2010

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My son has reflux, and one of the first things I noticed that made me think that wasn't that he was spitting up, but that the spit up was curdled and smelled like stomach acid and he screamed when he spit up, like he was in pain. Also, he spit up hours after he ate, not just right after. Babies with reflux will also commonly arch their backs while feeding. If you don't have a doctor's appointment soon, you may want to make one to make sure that your son is gaining weight. There are also some medications that help a lot with reflux. As for what you can do at home, the big thing is what you're already doing, the smaller feedings. Also, make sure to hold him upright for awhile after he eats and try to get him to sleep on an angle (I'm not sure what he's sleeping in, but if it's a crib, the recommend putting a wedge or pillow under the mattress or putting two legs up on bricks to angle it a bit). I hope this helps!

Angie - posted on 08/24/2010

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All my kids were "spitters". It varies from baby to baby. As long as he is gaining weight like he's supposed to, I wouldn't worry too much about it yet. As your doctor for help at you son's next appointment.

Sasha - posted on 08/24/2010

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If he is vomitting after every feed and getting uncomftable that is reflux and you might need to take him to the doctor's and get him on some reflux formula.

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