Why does my daughter spit up so much?

Amanda - posted on 02/29/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am concerned about my 3 month old daughther everytime i feed her it seems like she will spit up half of her bottle. I feed her 4ozs every 2 hours. At birth she weighed & 7lbs 4ozs 19.5 inches long. Now at 3 months she weighs 10lbs 9ozs 26 inches long.. I am concerned she isn't gaining enough weight for her age.. How do i get my daughter to stop spitting up and also how can i get my daughter to gain weight??

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Sarah - posted on 02/29/2012

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Her weight actually seems pretty much steady around the 25% from birth to now, so I wouldn't stress too much about her growth. You can print up a chart and track her yourself. Remember, SOMEONE has to fit in with every percentile range, not every kid is at the 50%. What is important is that HER growth curve doesn't significantly rise or fall from where she is now.



http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/data/set...



As far as the spitting up, it could be that she is refluxing a bit. Try burping her more frequently during her feeds and keep her upright for a while afterwards (30-60 minutes). You can also put her crib/bassinet on an incline (about 30 degrees).

Jaime - posted on 02/29/2012

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The simple answer..you can't. As I suggested to another mother, it would be wise for you to consult your doctor about this because you will know better what to watch for and what to be concerned about. If your daughter is eating and spitting up half her bottle, but is still gaining weight, then she's retaining some nutrition from what she is able to keep down. My son had a similar plight when he was a baby. He spit up until he was 14-months...projectile spit-up and nearly all of the bottle he had just eaten. I was parked in the doc's office for a lot of his first months because it terrified me. Eventually you will come to realize that as much as it's frustrating and as worried as you are that your child isn't getting what she needs, it all works itself out eventually. Your daughter could have acid reflux or GERD, in which case there are medications that can help (not cure) with the discomfort and lessen the spitting up. Best advice...talk to your doctor or your child's pediatrician.

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Sarah - posted on 02/29/2012

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Your welcome, glad I could help! I think sometimes we worry so much about growth, but we have to remember everyone is different. My daughter is only 20lbs, 3 oz at 19 months old. She's tiny, but healthy. She was only 5lbs, 15oz at birth (full term, just small). I don't worry about it too much anymore, she's just not a big kid and probably never will be. She's ver short too (29.5 inches) and has only size 2-3 feet. Most 1 year olds are bigger than her, but our pediatrician is pleased with where she is, and so am I.

Amanda - posted on 02/29/2012

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I talked to her doctor and he dont seem to be that concerned about it.. But she spits up with every bottle. The only thing that he is concerned about is her weight gain is slowing down.. they told me she should be at least 12lbs now.. it is definetly frustrating because i dont think she is getting enough to eat. can i give her something else as a subsitute. But i can check in with the doctor again and see maybe if i can get a second opinion.. Thank you so much Jaime Burns.

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