My 5 month old daughter spits up a lot after her bottle?

Krystal - posted on 12/09/2008 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Every 3-4 hrs i give her 5 ounces of milk but like clock work she spits up a lot of it after every bottle. Am i giving her to much? I'm a teen mom and I really need help here.

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Shannon - posted on 12/09/2008

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My son use to spit up all the time. He would spit up 30 minutes before his next bottle. When we asked the Doctor and other moms about it I always got the same response. If the baby does not seem bothered by the spitting up, in other words it does not seem to cause the baby pain. If the child is gaining weight than they are probably just something they will have to outgrow. Happy Spitter is the the term I heard alot I think my son was about 10 months before he completely outgrew it. I know it can be hard to deal with at times and somedays just frustrating but hang in there. Oh and cloth diapers make great burp/spit rags.

Okay now with the above said. If your child tends to cry when she eats or when she spits up and seems bothered or in pain than you should see her Doctor about it. He could have reflux or an allergy. Good luck

Monique - posted on 12/10/2008

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It sounds as if it can be a reflux reaction. You need to go to a pharmacist because if it is reflux she needs to get other milk. My friends baby does the same and he has a bad reflux, but he is on Infracare anti- reflux and he is dong fine now. Drinking his milk.

Jana - posted on 12/10/2008

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She may be alergic to that type of formula. My son was the same way so I switched to soy formula and have no problems. So maybe try that. It helped me.

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Janice - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi Krystal,



I agree with everything that has been said. All four of my kids had reflex really bad. However my last child who is 9mos. was also allergic to the milk proteins. Once I took dairy out of my diet she stopped getting sick. There are formulas that are milk protein free. It's something worth looking into if your baby is still getting sick after trying the other suggestions. It worked wonders for my baby. I would talk to you ped. if still having problems. Good Luck.

RheaAnn - posted on 12/10/2008

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at 5 months she should be going ever 4-4.5 hrs between the start of one feeding and the next. (ie: first feeding at 6:30, awake 2 hours, nap about 2 hours, wake and feed again at about 10:30-11. and so on). 5 oz is not too much - in fact both of mine where taking at least 8oz by that time. also have you started cereal yet. talk to your ped. b/c she should be starting solids 1-2 times a day by this point. also talk to you dr. b/c she could need a different formula or zantac (med for reflux). good luck

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Good points, Allison! Burping and sitting upright are CRUCIAL!!! Your daughter may cry when you take the bottle away to burp her, but walk around while holding her to distract her.

Allison - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi Krystal, Try feeding her half of the bottle then burp her and wait about 5-10 minutes, then feed her the remaining bottle. Also, feed her in an upright position vs. laying down (just sit her in your arm a little more upright, or you can feed her in her carseat, bouncy chair, whatever.) Once she is done eating hold her upright or sit her in a swing or upright position to allow her to digest her food. Make sure you burp her too! If she still spits up after you do that try feeding her smaller bottles more often. E.g., give her 2.5-3oz a bottle every hour vs. 5oz in one feeding. Or just try going down to 4oz for each feeding and see if that helps. Also check to see what flow the nipple is that you are using, sometimes the nipple flow is too fast for them and then they end up spitting up b/c it goes in so fast. That happened with my second daughter, we switched to a med flow nipple and it helped. Look for a medium flow or slow flow nipple and see if that make a difference. I would try those things for about a week and if she is still spitting up large amounts then call her pedi and see what they think. Hope that helps and best wishes to you!

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Babies commonly spit-up, but you should check with your doctor fist and foremost. Your baby may be allergic to the formula, to the milk in the formula, or some other ingredient. Some babies are allergic to soy too, so the best advice is to check with the doctor. Some suggestions I've received from the pediatricians: you could try feeding your baby less ounces more frequently; if your baby is diagnosed with reflux (if she is arching her back, she may have reflux), your doctor may tell you to add rice cereal to the bottle; ask your pediatrician if you may also try placing something underneath the mattress to slightly elevate her head...if your baby moves a lot, then this suggestion may not be a good idea. We placed a folded-up towel under the bassinet mattress, but we didn't need to elevate our daughter's head by the time she started sleeping in the crib. All the best!

Amanda - posted on 12/10/2008

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The reflux is a good idea to check out but he could also be allergic to milk. My friends son was spitting up alot and it turned out to be that he is allergic to milk in general... he now drinks soy milk.

Rebecca - posted on 12/10/2008

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My daughter had a milk intolerance. I talked to my doctor and all she said was babies spit up. It was really fusterating. I was desperate so I saw a homeopath. She recomended this hypoallergenic formula that was not made from cow or soy. It did the trick. I was going threw 3-5 outfits a day then down to 1-2. Trust your instincts. If something doesnt feel right it probably isnt.

Joeline - posted on 12/10/2008

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My boys all spit up a lot (more like puked up a lot), my Doctor recomended to feed them more often like every 2-3 hours and give them an ounce or so more, but to burp them in the middle of feeding. I found it helped , they kept gaining weight and were pretty happy

Kim - posted on 12/10/2008

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Hi Krystal. When my 1st born was a little baby, she used to spit up alot. The Dr.'s put her on a formula for spit up, called Infamil AR. That seemed to work, but after reading the label, the only difference was they added rice cereal to the formula. So from then on I put rice cereal in her formula and it worked. When my son started doing the same thing when he was about 5 weeks, I started him on it and it worked for him. Now if you are nursing, you can try giving her rice cereal several times a day, that should help.

Carrie - posted on 12/09/2008

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Have you tried burping her after feeding her a couple of ozs? My son spit up ALOT too. We switched him to lactose free and that helped a ton.

Kimmy - posted on 12/09/2008

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my son had that problem and I found out it was the formula. it had too much iron...he needed a formula with less iron. after we switched, no more problem!

Michelle - posted on 12/09/2008

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i agree with everyone that it could be reflux but then the doctors told me my son had reflux and after getting fed up with being thrown up on all the time i changed him to a lactose free formular or a soy/whey based one n it basically stop. something else you could try.

Trish - posted on 12/09/2008

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it does sound like reflux, especially if the child grimaces or makes a pained face before or during the spit up. my baby had reflux from almost the beginning. md put him on prevacid,which alone did not work, but then they had me thicken his formula with single grain rice cereal (2 tsp. per ounce of formula or the consistency of a milk shake) and it has gotten much better.

Susan - posted on 12/09/2008

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My daughter Started doing that in the hospital it wasn't till my mom brought in a playtex bottle that she stop spitting up the plastic/glass bottle were letting her have to much air and she started gaining all the weight she lost back and was a happier baby so give it a try

Kariana - posted on 12/09/2008

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when my son was about 1 1/2 months he started spitting up really bad. We tried everything with him through our dr. finally when he was 3ms. old he was hospitlized becuase he became dehydrated. after two days of testing we found out that he had sever acid reflux. he is now on medication. which helps with the pain becuase he was constantly screaming. (pain relative to that of heartburn) but he still doesnt keep much down. how i knew was that it was immediatly after he would eat usually with his burbs. hope this helps, just talk to your dr.

Krissy - posted on 12/09/2008

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My oldest daughter need to have soy formula because she kept on spitting up the regular formula. Call your pediatrician in the morning and ask them. They may want to see her in the office before they decide to have you change her formula. Also, you could try burping her after every ounce or two, she might be getting to many air bubbles.

Constance - posted on 12/09/2008

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My son had acid reflux and I had to elevate him when he ate and slept. If it wouldn't have resolved itself by about 6 months, they would have had to put him on medication.

Jodie - posted on 12/09/2008

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Hi, I agree with the reflux. There are special reflux formulas(in Australia anyway). Also a natropath told my mum to infuse fennel(the herb) in the bottle. My brother was a BAD reflux baby and when mum used the fennel, he had no problems - he would even burp himself!! Good luck

Misty - posted on 12/09/2008

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Talk to your doctor she may be allergic to that type of formula. My boys spit up a lot like that. They had reflux. I had to put a little rice cereal in their bottles to make it thicker. If you add cereal check the nipple to make sure it will still flow out. Good luck with her.

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