My daughter throws up a lot. The ped just says to reduce the amoun tin her bottle but that just maker her mad because she is still hungry and she still throws up. Its not right away usually an hour or so later and sometimes its just water. I have tried to keep her sitting up after feedings and making sure she is still but that doesnt help either. She doesnt do it at night only during the day.

Ann - posted on 12/18/2008 ( 39 moms have responded )

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She is 5 1/2 months, but was 2 months premature. Currently taking 4 oz per bottle, tried 3 oz .

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Ashley - posted on 12/20/2008

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maybe ur giving her too much u think shes hungry and could not be , babies also just suck for thatreason on fingers hands passys shirts .mine throws up time to time cuz of too much i think hes still hungry and really find out hes not cuz he just had another bottle.it happens dont fret.

Ann - posted on 12/20/2008

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Well we have been using the Dr Browns bottles for 2 days and she hasnt thrown up yet! We even did a few spoonfuls of peas today and upped her bottle to 5oz. Thanks for all your help, now maybe my laundry load will diminish!!!

Tina - posted on 12/19/2008

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My son is now 7 months old and use to throw up a LOT. (projectile vomit) We really never figured out the exact reason why. He does it less and less as he gets older. Becareful not to give a bottle right after shaking it. I would wait at least 10 min after if you can. It is somewhat normal for some babies to throw up a lot as there little digestive systems develop.... might not be anything to worry about.

Stephanie - posted on 12/19/2008

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My daughter was not premature, but she threw up alot the doc didn't help much. I swithced on my own to soy and it dramatically reduced. Later I had her allergy tested she wasn't allergic to milk but that doc thought she was lactose intolerant.

Melinda - posted on 12/19/2008

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Our little man was 31/2 mos. preemie. We had to had cereal in his bottles to make them thick or else he would puke them. If she was on a ventilator tube her esophagus could be premature in growth and is stretched. The heavier the food is the better it stays down. He was literally drinking oatmeal for the first 4 mos. we had him home. Then we started thinning it out as he got older until he stopped puking it all back up. Make sure that you have a pediatrician that is specialized in preemies otherwise they tend to just treat them as normal. I love mine she has been wonderful!

Ann - posted on 12/19/2008

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First I want everyone to know the ped didnt say to dilute the bottle just give her less at a time. Also she is a pretty happy kid, usually smiling through the puking so I am not sure if she has any discomfort. She loves to lay on her back and play with her einstein mat and she sleeps very well. I heard that with reflux they dont like to lay flat and dont sleep very well, dont know if that right or not :) We are using the Browns bottles today!

Bevin - posted on 12/18/2008

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My daughter wasn't premature but she would throw up 4o of a 6o bottle it was so frustrating! She didn't gain any weight from months 2 to 4, started to scare me. We figured it out though she had acid reflux. She got on meds and in two months she had put on weight and we were able to come of the meds and never had to have them again!

Onika - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son was also 2 months early, same thing was going on, he would eat, throw everything up, cry because he was hungry, eat and throw up again! Endless cycle! He ended up having acid reflux. He started on Zantac and it was like he was a different kid. Hope that helps, good luck!

Uyen/Winn - posted on 12/18/2008

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Great responses by all. Check with Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat specialist. They can put a scope with a camera down the nose or throat to see. My son had reflux, he had oral apraxia, and he had a funny shaped thing in his throat that caused the up-chucks that he eventually grew out of at a year old. In the meantime, please know that the throw up hurts the throat with the acidity. You can protect her and ease her discomfort by giving her prescription Prevacid, a better tasting product, but find out what works for her. At the very least, consider a new pediatrician. Good luck to you and your daughter.

April - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son was 3 weeks early & my daughter 4 weeks early. They both had acid reflux and were on Zantac for 6 months. It helped greatly on the "throwing up"

Satina - posted on 12/18/2008

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First I want to BEG you to NOT DILUTE her formula! There was a baby here where I live that was rushed to the hospital becauseshe had a seizure and was not breathing. They found out that the mom had been diluting her bottles just a little bit to save on money, the baby had water intoxication. They had a news report about it so that other parents would know that it is NOT safe to do! So PLEASE do not try that! Now I don't know what your doctor has tried but you may check into acid reflux. My second son had it and was throwing up all his milk. Spitting up is normal but throwing up is not! Check with your doctoa again and ask for him/her to look into the cause more. Also you mentioned adding rice cereal to her bottle that help my son too so it is deffinatly worth a try! Good luck

Amanda - posted on 12/18/2008

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hi there my daughter had refkux and I switched her Enfamil A+ Thickened with rice stach and she hardly ever puked again. However because it is thickened they seem to eat less but more frequently

Wendy - posted on 12/18/2008

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I agree with everything Paulette Morgan said.....except we used Similac RS formula because it came in Ready to Feed. I had twins with reflux who were ALWAYS on Dr Brown's bottles (which one poster up there said fixed everything) but nothing stopped the spitting up until we switched to Similac RS. My girls would throw up water just like you described, and I was afraid to give them powder formula because I thought it would irritate the reflux more. We went to 3 pedis and 2 GI specialists and were never satisfied with the meds or suggestions. Our girls finally just got over it on their own at around 10 months. Nothing helped like the formula did...we would try to switch back to regular Enfamil Lipil and the spitting up would start back immediately. Hope this helps!!

Victoria - posted on 12/18/2008

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sorry, also wanted to say that i'm suprised your ped told you to dilute the formula. formula is formulated to be mixed at a certain ration that is the best for your baby's nutritional needs. My ped made a very definite point of not EVER diluting formula.

Victoria - posted on 12/18/2008

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my best guess would be reflux. i'm not big on meds for babies but maybe you should talk to you pediatritian about possibly getting her on something. my nephew had the same problem. they put him on the lactose free formula because its easier to digest even if there isn't an alergy and eventually put him on a medicine as well. if you pediatritian isn't taking this as serious as you think he should you may want to get a second opinion

Lisa - posted on 12/18/2008

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We have had that both with our daughter and now new son. Here are a few options we have found to help. I am not sure if you are using breast milk or formula but, we switched our son to lacto-free formula and it made a huge difference. Also, we use the Dr. Brown's bottles with helps with excess gas which can cause more spit up. Also, his doc prescribed Previcid which made a HUGE difference.

Ann - posted on 12/18/2008

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Thanks for all the help, I actually have abunch of Dr Browns bottles but havent tried them yet, I washed them all tonight so I will try that first tomorrow, I add rice to her night bottles which I told you she doesnt usually have problems with so that may be the answer!

Renee - posted on 12/18/2008

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my baby was 17 weeks early and she did not have reflex but I used Dr. Browns bottles from walmart with slow flow nipples until she was about 8 months old the I switched to a faster flow but she never had any issues. Plus I sat her up while she was eating and for at least 30 minutes after. You can try propping her bed at the end that her head is at so that she is at an slight angle and it might help keep the food down, that is what they did in the New Born ICU most of the babies slept at an incline. Find a good Dr. and keep on it...

Jade - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son did the same thing when he was little. It ended up being acid reflux. Ask your doctor.

Melissa - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son is a puker too and I tried different formula and finally found one he could keep (most of it) down Its call Emfamil Thickened for babies who spit up frequently. He still spits up from time to time but its not the projectile vomit as before, our doctor wasnt worried about it but i was so I switched to this formula. On the other formulas which were thinner he was eating 4oz every hour and then it seemed like he was spitting up 10oz in that hour then he was back to eating the 4 oz's. I was more concerned with his weight thats why i needed to find something to help him. I hope this helps. I feel your worry.

Raynette - posted on 12/18/2008

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My daughter did the same. No matter what we tried. We gave her a small amount, then burped her, held her still forever after a feeding, fed her in different positions, but she just was a puker! And today, she's a healthy, active 18 year old. Try not to stress about it. She will probably outgrow it by the time she's a year. I think Cassie outgrew it when we started her on milk. If your pediatrician isn't worried, then you shouldn't either.

Jennifer - posted on 12/18/2008

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Great responses you've gotten; just to add a few things we've been through.

At your childs age, spitting up is totally normal still; as long as they are growing and don't have other issues.

Our ds had other issues though; screaming at night, not eating, and cranky otherwise.

At a year old my doc is finally realizing it's not normal acid reflux. Yes the meds help some; we've tried Prevacid, Mylanta, Reglan, and now finally Zantac is working better. BUT what our child has is a more nagging problem; the esophageol flap in his tummy isn't working right. The flap sits on top of the tummy and hold food down (for most kids). OUr sons doesn't work and will let him eat only a couple of ounces at a time, won't let him sleep in a lying down positions (do to food coming up in his throat), and causes him to puke when he overeats. Our son was also not growing right, and he weighed 9 lbs at birth.



So the GI doc will help you most, but at least around here they are hard to get into.

I am just do mad at our ped; I love her so much, but I seriously have to get bitchy to get her to act. I had to see two other peds in her office so that she'll listen and take me more seriously.

I used the sentence "I feel like I am not expressed the severity of the problem here. WE need to do more for this child, and now, not later". Then I followed up with more visits once a week to tell of his symptoms, and a I called to nag.

WHat can you do?

It's going to be hard at your childs age; because they aren't allowed to have some of the medicnes I listed, and those are the only ones that "help". I think they might just make you wait until the time when they are "supposed" to outgrow it.

Big bummer, I am sorry.

I hope the other tips help you, that others gave. GOOD LUCK!

Ang - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son was that way too. He would nurse and nurse but then would throw it up. my ped told me he is just throwing up the extra that wouldnt fit in his tummy. Since they have a small tummy. We had to sit him up for 30 mins after eating to make sure he kepted it down. in the end he stoped throwning up. He is 5 months old now and keeping everything down.

Marilyn - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son had terrible acid reflux and colic. First they gave him baby prevacid, which took about 7 day's to take effect. He was on this for almost 10 months, then I took it away and never saw the reflux again....amen.However, in the meantime while I was waiting for the medicine to work I was going crazy and it was suggested to me by my grandmother to add oatmeal cereal in the botlle, aprox. 1 scoop.

This really helped cutting down on the spitting up because the cereal helps keep down the liquids in the stomach. 1 ped was against it and the other said to try it. I went ahead and tried it after seeing my little boy suffer, and it was great. It also helped to make him feel fuller now that I had to cut down on the amnt. of formula I was giving him. Oh, one more thing, ask your ped if it's ok to give her regular Mylanta if she seems to show discomfort. , my ped suggested it when my son was about 2 months old, this also helped to sooth the acids 1 TSP. of regular Mylanta anytime I saw him uncomfortable after the feedings. I hope this helps.Just be patient, it will come to end as soon as she can start sitting up better on her own, and walking.

Jen - posted on 12/18/2008

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My daughter was the same, it didn't seem to bother her, she tend to over eat and was just getting out the extra. I was told by the community nurse to stop her feed half way through and burp her then also, it seemed to help. She stopped doing this about 61/2mths she was almost 4 weeks early.

Paulette - posted on 12/18/2008

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Oh, yeah...we used Playtex nurser bottles. You can get all the air out of the bottle which good with children who throw up. Take care.

Paulette - posted on 12/18/2008

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I have had two children with acid reflux. I am convinced from your post of two things. One that your child has acid reflux and two your peditrician needs to listen to you or you need to get another ped. that will. You know your child the best not them. Your child needs a GI done to see what extent the reflux is affecting them. Our son had one and it showed the reflux came clear up his throat. Acid reflux presents in multiple ways...from a lot of drooling (which is actually stomache acid) to the extreme of projectile vomiting. The crying could be from not getting enough food to the food helping to squash the burning in their stomache and throat. With acid reflux your child does not have to lay all the way back for the discomfort to cause them to cry. They can be a child with a lot of gas too. Your child being 2 months premature would make your child 3.5 month developmental and they still should be eating more than 4 ozs at this point. They should be able to hold it down too. With our children we used Enfamil AR formula. It has added rice starch which will give your daughters' stomache to work on. You could just add rice cereal (a teaspoon at first and to each bottle) to your current formula to see if adding the cereal makes a difference before purchasing the Enfamil AR formula. Their are wedges you could place under your baby so they can rest on an incline to reduce the pressure on the stomache. You can note down your daughters' behavior and what you noticed before, during and after feeding. This journaling will help you at the doctors office and give you some peace of mind knowing that your doing all you can to help her.

Lorie - posted on 12/18/2008

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oh yeah,my babies ped also tried to treat her for reflux even though she didnt have it or the symptoms,maybe cause she was a premie,i dont know,bt we now have a new one..

Lorie - posted on 12/18/2008

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hello,i think i can help you out...i am hoping anyway! my baby girl was 5 weeks premature,and when i brought her home at 2 weeks i immediatly started her on the DR.BROWN bottles,she never threw up never had gas never was colicky and i dont think she ever had hiccups either,and to top it all off,she has slept all night since day one of me bringing her ome.hope it helps.

Torrey - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son just got diagnosed with reflux and you are having the same exact symptoms. The doctor said when they spit up during a feed and then take more it is probably to soothe their throats. He also did not sleep well during the day or for very long at night. The day after we started the medicine he slept 7 hours at night.

Katherine - posted on 12/18/2008

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My son was a 10 lb baby and did this. Sounds like reflux. I had to make sure he burped every 4 oz or everything would come up. Might want to think about switching peds if the one you have isn't willing to investigate the problem further. I've switched a half a dozen times in 12 yrs. till finally I found one that I liked by a referral from my midwife.

Chelle - posted on 12/18/2008

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This same thing happened with my little girl and I figured out that if I gave her a bottle with a slower nipple she was MUCH better!!! Also I kept my little one very still for about 10-15 mins after she ate to let it all settle. I hope this helps:)

Renee - posted on 12/18/2008

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Hi my daughter we 17 weeks early, she had a reaction to a certain formula and we switched it out with something else. I think she takes after me I am lactose intolerant. Keep her up right for 30 minutes after. I have found that you might need to go to more then one Dr. if she is not getting better see a food specialist for allergies or other ideas. What is in your water? Is it filtered? Might be a reaction to something in your water....

Jeanine - posted on 12/18/2008

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TRy taking her to a chiropractor. You'll find that during birth her spine was effected.They've found that that is also the cause of colic. The specific area in the neck effects digestion. Does she projectile vommit??



Good luck



xxx

Amanda - posted on 12/18/2008

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She could have acid reflux. My daughter was not premature, she was born at 41 weeks but she had severe IUGR. She weighed in at 4lbs so she had many of the complications that premies have. I noticed that she would usually vomit after every feeding and I was very concerned. I had to switch her formula to Nutramigen. It's a special formula. That worked for me. I hope that helps.

Marie Helene - posted on 12/18/2008

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She could have a reaction to the formula, especially if she doesn't throw-up at night (I'm assuming she doesn't feed as much at night... Also, if she is especially fussy, she could have reflux.
Hope that helps!

Amy - posted on 12/18/2008

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My daughter was born 12 weeks early and we had to dilute the formula by one scope add the same water just less formula and see if that works...worked for us.

Hope this helps.

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