my 2mnth old is spitting up after every feeding any ideas?

Heather - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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i am first time mother and my 2 month old spitting up every feeding is it normal?

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Chrissy - posted on 03/28/2010

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Hi there! How much spitting up? My daughter used to spit up a little but no big deal. She also had this funny little cough sometimes, would even wake herself up on occasion. Found out at about 2.5mos old due to a horrible day of throwing up (more than spitting) that she had acid reflux. She wasn't a particularly fussy baby but apparently the spitting and occasional cough were caused by breastmilk/formula/stomach acids comming back up into her esophagaus. Very common in babies (in fact they have determined that most babies termed "colicky" were actually suffering from acid reflux-again though my daughter was never colicky-actually very easy baby).Other syptoms include arching away or arching back because it seems to make them feel better. In babies the flap/muscle that closes to keep fluids in the stomach is often weak until they get closer to 1 yr old and so fluids come back up and irritate or cause spitting or vomiting after feeding. Gets better once your baby gets older and is on more solid food (my daughter is now 10mos old). We took her to our pediatrician who diagnosed acid reflux (to be honest, they pretty much just take a guess, prescribe some acid reflux medicine and if symptoms get better/go away then 'voila'!) :-) The first prescribed our daughter with liquid Zantac and her issues when away. Also helps to feed your baby with them at a small incline, head more up than feet and to hold them upright for about 20 min after feeding and make sure they burp. Then when she was 6 mos old and learned to sleep on her tummy her reflux briefly got worse so they upped her med to liquid Prilosec (3ml once daily). Now she is 10 mos old and I have cut back to 2ml once daily and by next month will cut down to 1 ml daily then quit it altogether. Some babies grow out of it faster. Your 2 mos old could just be one who needs more burping or spits up more but just wanted to mention this for consideration as my husband & I had no idea babies even got acid reflux. :-) Good luck!

Abbie - posted on 03/28/2010

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I would personally make an appt with a chiropractor that deals with kids!! My son was adjusted starting at 6 months and rarely threw up... He also slept great, and was rarely sick. If the nerves in the spine are pinched or not flowing as they should it can cause them to throw up. If you do this and baby keeps throwing up, then take to your doctor could be GERD or acid reflux.

Jennifer - posted on 03/28/2010

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Oh yes it is normal! My daughter was a big spitter! She was eating plenty and was picking up weight perfectly! Most babies have an immature sphincter, which is the closing muscle at the end of the oesophygus entering the stomach, or sometimes they've drank too much and just getting rid of any excess milk. The only real concern is if your baby is not picking up weight like normal.

Renae - posted on 03/28/2010

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PS I didn't answer your question. I wouldn't say normal but yes it is quite common.

Renae - posted on 03/28/2010

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If baby is spitting up a LOT then some brands of formula make a thickening agent that you add to the bottle and it thickens in their tummy to help stay down. If you are BFing you can get stuff called Easy-thick, you make it up and feed it to bub before and during (when you change sides) a feed, it thickens the milk in their tummy and again helps it to stay down. While these things are available over the counter at any pharmacy, I would check it out with your doc first just to make sure they think it is appropriate.

If the baby is in pain (which would be from stomach acid also coming up) then your doctor can prescribe medication for reflux.

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Louise - posted on 03/29/2010

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Hi,
Neither of my boys were sick at all after a feed but my daughter was quite sicky and had terrible trouble. I took her to the doctors and she gave me gaviscon infant powder which I put in each feed. This helped no end as it stopped the reflux of milk coming back up. Just monitor how much milk is coming up and if your baby is bringing his knees up all the time after a feed. Mention it to your health visitor if your still worrid and they will be able to advise you.

Elaine - posted on 03/29/2010

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let the baby burp on her own. could be a touch of reflux..no worries sometimes adding a teaspoon of rice cereal helps alot..

Brittany - posted on 03/28/2010

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Depending on weather or not she is in pain at the same time (bringing her knees up to her chest and screaming uncontrollably) it could be acid refulx. I had the same problem with my daughter she is now almost 3 months old. I knew something wasn't right. I never went through that sort of stuff with my son who is now 3. So I took her in to the pediatrician. He pretty much told me that every baby gets that way, but she just seemed to be getting worse. I went and got a second opinion. I took her down to Loma Linda here in California. The best doctors, hands down. They knew exactly what was wrong with her right away, and never even questioned me taking her in. I love them! They diagnosed her with acid reflux and prescribed her Prilosec. She has been taking it for about 2 1/2 weeks now and she is like a different baby. Happy all the time. The best advice I can give you is to go with what your instincts tell you. If you feel like something could be wrong then take her in and if you are not satisfied then get a second opinion. You will be happy you did, and so will your baby.

Teharra - posted on 03/28/2010

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my daughter was like that too she was hospitalized for dehydration and they thought she might need surgery but she had acid reflux so i would get your baby tested for acid reflux

Melissa - posted on 03/28/2010

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Mine spit up horribly until almost 8 months! He still spits up but not nearly as bad! It was normal for him. Some babies just spit up! It is a pain, but usually normal! As long as she is gaining weight I wouldn't worry, just keep bibs and burp rags on hand!

Patrizia - posted on 03/28/2010

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I agree, don't worry, my girl is a spitter too, she is 5 months and she was spitting up way more when she was young. As long as she is not crying and still gaining weight she is fine. It's the bubbles in her stomach, that make the food come up.
Don't worry and keep an eye on her make sure she/he is still eating and getting her/his fluids.

Jamie - posted on 03/28/2010

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I would say make sure you're getting good burps. Some babies are just pukers, it's normal. Unless its complete projectile vomiting, if thats the case talk to pediatrician.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter was doing that for a while, my pediatrician said to try giving her a little less formula before switching it, and it seemed to work great, but if that still does'nt seem to work I would definetely try the Enfamil AR bc that's what it is made for...

Brittany - posted on 03/28/2010

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my daughter was like that for awhile and we mentioned it to our pediatrician and she recomennded a different kind of formula. we tried it and it worked like a charm. no more spitting up at all. the kind she told us to use was enfamil AR. it comes in a pink can

*Lisa* - posted on 03/28/2010

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It depends on how much bub is spitting up. Is it a lot?? Does bub seem to be in pain like arching her back and crying?? Is he/she eating enough??

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