My son has gas problem and spits up every time he is burped.

Danielle - posted on 08/15/2010 ( 46 moms have responded )

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I'm a new mom &my son who is a month old has gas problems (which he has had since he was born). i just changed his formula almost 2 weeks ago,to emfamil gentlease & just recently every time he is burped he spits up & there are times when he just wont burp.. am i doing something wrong? how can i get him to burp? why is he spitting up? Someone help me please!

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Renee - posted on 08/16/2010

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when my son was born he had gastrointestinal reflux. Its a disorder that many children have and is very common. we had to take him into the Dr. and had a test done by xray that showed his esophagus would just regurgitate anything he ate. (he was 2 weeks old) His Dr. suggested that we thicken his formula with rice cereal. but only use 1/4 tsp for every 4 ounces. rice is easier for the baby to digest. It worked for my son who is now almost 15 years old.

Rebecca - posted on 08/30/2010

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I use the Dr. Brown's bottles. They are really nice and they are supposed to help with spit up and gas!

Jean - posted on 08/19/2010

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Hi there! my daughter has the same problem when she was born and my pediatrician said not to worry because that's normal for a newborn.A baby's digestive system is not yet fully developed. For the gas problem you just have to let him burp properly like placing him on your shoulder and tapping his back slowly til he burped twice. As I've mentioned everything in a newborn is still developing.

Tiffany - posted on 08/18/2010

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it took my son a little bit to get used to the formula but make sure you put a little pressure on his belly like on you sholder but his belly there like if he was hanging over your shoulder if that dont work maybe feed him a oz or more fill him and then try again. they also have medicen to help with gas you can put it in his milk hope it helps

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Heather - posted on 08/19/2010

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All three of my children had acid reflux issues as infants. If it is just spitting up (dribbling) it isn't a big issue. If it is projectile vomiting you should definately talk to your doctor about this. The testing is simple and painless. My children had to drink a bottle of something like mylanta (which they put into a baby bottle) and then they did x-rays. This test rules out any blockages or "kinks" in the digestive system. My children's pediatrician put them on an antacid and we began to wein them off once they started foods. After more foods and less drink, it became better since their tummies got full and felt full longer. It was like they would drink and the acid would kick in and then they would drink to make the pain go away which would create even more acid. Hang in there! All three of my children outgrew it by 6-10 months.

Leah - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son had the same problem. He had a little bit of cereal in his bottle since he was a little over a month old. We checked with the doctor. We also switched his formula to a sensitive formula which also helped a lot. The best thing to do is to talk to the babies doctor and see what they have to say!!!

Brittany - posted on 08/19/2010

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I too had the same problem. We changed my son's formula 3 times. Finally the blue wrapped Similac brand was the best for him. His gas problems stopped but every now and then he'd have a problem but Mylicon always did the trick. As for the spitting up, burping often helps but also if your little one has eaten too much, they spit up the excess. Although he may seem to want to eat it all, it is a comfort for a baby to eat, even if they are full. My advice is to burp often and try to feed him less amounts but more frequently through out the day. Let me know how it goes.

Charnelle - posted on 08/18/2010

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My little one had the same problem. We changed his formula to soya milk, which alleviated the problem instantly.

Lorenna - posted on 08/18/2010

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You've gotten lots of good advice. The gas drops, propping him up after he eats, burping him every once. It could however be that he has reflux and in that case, you should talk to your pediatrician. I would also strongly suggest that you take him to a chiropractor who uses an activator. My son had digestive problems and that really, really helped!

Lindsey - posted on 08/17/2010

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My question would be is he spitting up every time he eats or just when he is burped? Also, does the spit up seem more forceful than normal spit up? In other words, a normal baby spits up and it somewhat drools down their chin, but does his usually land everywhere but on him? Also, is he his father's first born son? I saw a previous poster comment about pyloric stenosis and the above are all indicators of pyloric stenosis. Being the father's first born son is not a for sure guaranteed, but it is most common in first born sons. Also, babies who have Pyloric Stenosis typically have GERD also. My son (he is 9 now) had this. Also this typically does not get diagnosed until a baby is around a month old which is your sons age. HTH!

Elecia - posted on 08/17/2010

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my son had the same thing when he was littler, we used simalack for fussiness and gas for his formula and then if he had a day that seemed worse then other days we would give him some of those gas drops! it really helped and after like 2 weeks he completely stopped throwing up and the smell of the gas was way better!!

Caroline - posted on 08/17/2010

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Have you thought about pyloric sstenosis. My 4wk old nephew was being very sik after every feed and not putting on weight. Turned out the muscle in his stomach was too tight and after keyhole surgery he is plumping out nicely. Its quite commen apparently in first born sons. Also reccomend the chiropractor took my 9mnth old for asthma like probs as had a very bad birth and e was fantastic. His problems were stopping him putting pressure on his arms and upper body. good luck xx

Kellie - posted on 08/17/2010

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... before switching to soy. Look up the risks/benefits... You will find soy formula is not best for baby.

Kellie - posted on 08/17/2010

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Both the gas problems and the spitting up could be caused by not being burped enough. Try burping more often... every ounce... and if you have a tough time burping him, try moving him, go from burping him sitting on your lap for a while, to on you shoulder, the movement will help bring up the burp. Try to rub his back occasionally during the burping, that will also help bring up the burp. Also, try not to lay him down right after he eats, allow him to stay upright for at least a half hour... just a few things that helped me out when I had a newborn. :)

Jessica - posted on 08/17/2010

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ASK THE DR ABOUT SWITCHING TO A SOY FORMULA. MY SON DID THE SAME THING AT THAT AGE AND HE WAS LACTOSE INTOLERANT. HE HAS GROWN OUT OF IT NOW BUT IT HELPED SO MUCH.

Claire - posted on 08/17/2010

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at 2 months, our son began doing this after every feeding (expressed breast milk). he also was very fussy at the same time every night. he is now on acid reducing medicine and it pretty much took care of the problem.

Roses2keep - posted on 08/17/2010

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Please, do not sit him in a seated position when burping him. When feeding you child, listen to his breathing, it becomes rapid between drinks and he is taking longer to swallow its time to test the to see if his hold on the bottle is loose. If he releases the bottle, then it is time to burp, up against your chest, head resting on shoulder. Don't worry about his spittingup, most babies go thru this.

Jill - posted on 08/17/2010

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All three of my children had that problem. I took them to the doctor and the doctor told me that is acid reflux and prescribed them baby zantac. It also helps to elevate them during feeding and after feeding for atleast 15 minutes! That is what i did and it helped! I also had to elevate the crib for them to sleep comfortable at night! I hope this helps!

Leah - posted on 08/17/2010

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your not doing a thing wrong. My son had the same problems. I had to switch his formula to similac sensitive and also I started using the doctor brown bottles and this helped so much

Susan - posted on 08/16/2010

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my grandaughtr went thru tht also, it's not u,, sometimes babies have a hard time with their formula..my granddaughtr,went thru three formulas before one agreed with her.. call ur pediatrican n let him know,, also try fennel seed it comes in a bottle where th spices are sold.. boil water,an add th seed,let th water cool down n drain the seeds out ,it like a tea..not to much ,,see how th baby reacts to it..tht should help but do call th dr'' hope all goes well..

Carley - posted on 08/16/2010

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Try holding his head up higher as he eats, and maybe look into lactose free formulas. I hope this helps

Trina - posted on 08/16/2010

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Milicon drops work , and its normal. both of mine did it. But I also had to give my daughter soy milk bc she was allergic to the enfamil. And you arent doing anything wrong hunny. It will stop when he gets a little bigger.. His body has to get use to the formula.. =)

Gail - posted on 08/16/2010

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we have had issues with that with all of our kids.. but our 4 month old was bad gas and screaming when he pooped. we had to do a body flush on him with 12 hours of only pedialite! to clean his little body at a month old.. he is now on Similac alimentum it is a hypoallergenic formula.. it stinks and costs alot but it helps him, he is soooooo much happier!!



he also had reflux and was on a script for it for 3 months..

Danielle - posted on 08/16/2010

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thanks everyone. Ive tried almost all the idea, but i think its time to call the doctor because he is spiting up more then he use too.

Lisa - posted on 08/16/2010

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I second the Dr. Brown bottles!!!!! They eliminate a lot of the extra air they are sucking in. I have had 3 kids with GERD (acid reflux) so i'm very familiar with this. My kids didn't have many problems with vomiting but you could hear it coming up their throats and then back down. My first 2 kids out grew their acid reflux around 2 years old and my youngest is going on 3 and is still having problems. She goes to a GI specialist and has had testing to confirm GERD with no other abnormal findings. We found the Dr. Brown bottles to be the best. Along with doing the acid reflux recommendations and gas drops as needed. My youngest also had a cows milk protein allergy so she also had to be on special formula.

Joan - posted on 08/15/2010

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it sounds like he is spitting up because the formula is sitting on top of the gas bubble, so when the bubble comes up so does his formula.my daughter was very difficult to burp also. i found if i tried very often, no more than 2 ounces at a time before burp. this sometimes helped. sometimes i would lay her on my lap belly down and pat her back.i also sat her on my lap with legs wedged between both my legs then i would lay her all the way back and then bring her up to seated pos quickly while patting her back. find a rhythm that seems soothing. don't be afraid to pat fairly hard do not leave marks. we also would sit her in our lap and put the heel of our hand at the bottom of her spine then run it up her spine this sometimes worked, a warm tub with water over her belly may help to relax muscles enough to release gas. you have to realize that once gas goes beyond belly it won't come out til it passes thru the other end.sitting baby on your knees and bouncing gently may help.
good luck

Nikki - posted on 08/15/2010

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as long as they are gaining weight and not projectile vomitting or spitting up their entire bottle, its very normal and alot of babies spit up constantly. Up until 6 months we had to cover my son with a receiving blanket everytime he had a bottle because he'd always spit up. But there was nothing wrong, and hes one super healthy big boy. If anything we just had to do ALOT of laundry

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 08/15/2010

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All babies spit up to an extent but some babies may be suffering from reflux and/or have an allergy like a cow milk allergy. My son suffered from reflux.

Some of my son's symptoms like constant spit-up, spitting up milk through his nose, and hiccups were evident from when he was 1 month old while others like arching away from breast/bottle, feeding refusal, and gagging with feeds occurred when he was 4 months old. My son didn’t projectile vomit until he was older, around six months or so and he didn’t do that very frequently. My son coughed a lot, not a congested cold cough but a cough like he had something stuck in his throat. We use to think he was trying to get attention, little did we know it was due to the reflux.

Please refer to this link to read more about reflux:
http://mommby.com/Medical/Reflux/About.p...

My son also started having constipation problems when he was around 1 month old and at times we thought his "pain" was from constipation when really it was also from reflux. The other thing with reflux is if the baby is constipated then the reflux can be worse. My son did better with Good Start formula which was 100% whey based rather than Casein based and it was easier for him to digest.

For some more information on different formulas, please refer here:

http://mommby.com/Breastfeeding_and_Bott...

If you do try to transition formulas again, I would use a slow approach to not disrupt your baby's tummy since he is already having some trouble.

If you end up having some feeding difficulties with your son, please refer here:
http://mommby.com/Breastfeeding_and_Bott...
I wish you the best of luck!!

Britney - posted on 08/15/2010

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talk to your dr about "thick it" they like to use that more with younger babies my daughter is on it and it stopped it in 24 hrs.

Brenda - posted on 08/15/2010

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Every baby i've known spits up, and some take for ever to burp or just don't. It is normal. but you can try to massage his belly to help work out the gas, it worked wonders on my kids when nothing else would. as for the spitting up, i had to try the lipel AR (add rice) to get the spitting up to stop, but my kids were fatties...lol

Jasmine - posted on 08/15/2010

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My son spit up alot and was really constipated- i had switch my son to parents choice lower iron from walmart which helped some, after awhile i decided to try these bottles my friend sugessted and they worked, they are the ones with the bottle liners that you can push out the airr with. he has not spit up since. but i was told most babies do spit up once in a while. also you can burp him after every ounce to 2 ounces that might help. you can pat his back hard but no to hard or rubbing it helps sometimes to. I am also a first time mom i had to play around to find things that worked, so youll have to to- good luck!

Cindy - posted on 08/15/2010

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One thing I was told with my son was to keep him sitting almost upright when you feed him so that the milk or formula doesn't have a chance to come back up. My son and daughter we/are both pukers... my daughter is worse than my son ever was. Good luck with everything

Krista - posted on 08/15/2010

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The sitting-up after eating idea is a good one, but please do not try to put rice cereal into his formula. Sometimes doctors will recommend it, but only in very specific cases, and it has to be measured in very specific doses -- it's definitely not something you want to just try at home.

If your baby is only spitting up a bit, and appears otherwise content, he might just be prone to spitting up. If it's large amounts, you might want to ask your doctor about a different formula. I used the Enfamil that was pre-thickened (it's in an orange can), and it made a big difference.

Heidi - posted on 08/15/2010

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Also after you feed him keep him sitting up and without movement for half hour. that helps too. my son has reflux so bad that he was hospitalized for it and has to see a GI doc every three months, try some of these tricks! they may make the world a difference!

Heidi - posted on 08/15/2010

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Changing the formula could be adding to the gas, have you discussed this with your doctor, he may have reflux, which is what my son has... try putting some rice cereal in his formula, get a stronger flow nipple and dont make it to thick, but that will help to keep it down better.

Abbie - posted on 08/15/2010

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1 thing I did when my son was about a month old, I had him adjusted by a chiropractor. BEST thing I ever did!! He rarely spit up or had tummy issues. Its not uncommon for babies to spit up some, how much is he spitting up?

Christelle - posted on 08/15/2010

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Keep the baby elevated after feeding. Massage the baby's belly clockwise lightly with your first two fingers. That usually helps.

Danielle - posted on 08/15/2010

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I burp him after every once he eats, & i have Mylicon which i use at times when he wont burp. ive tried all different positions to burp him, sometimes he spits up alot sometimes a lil...I guess I'll just have check with the doctor tomorrow. thanks everyone.

Linda - posted on 08/15/2010

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If this continues take baby to GI doctor, had the same issue with my son, poor kid was in such pain, turned out he had acid reflux. :(

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If he isn't spitting up much every time then it's very normal. If the gas is painful I would talk to your doc but if it's not don't worry. My youngest can clear a room and he's only 3 months old. Also I would get creative with burping him and burp often. The only way my youngest would burp at first, was sitting on my knee with his chin supported by my hand or laying across my legs on his belly. My older boy never really did burp regularly and only spit up tiny bits. I wouldn't worry too much and if you are really concerned just ask your doc.

Stephanie - posted on 08/15/2010

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my daughter is 9 mos old and STILL spits up. she has always been "a puker" (as we call her), and its never seemed to be a problem in her development. i asked my doctor, and he told me as long as she is gaining weight properly there is no need to worry. Your son may just be overeating, or gulping it down so fast he is creating bubbles.
i would check with your doctor and moniter his weight. as long as he is gaining steadily, just keep some extra receiving lbankets and bibs on hand :)

Amanda - posted on 08/15/2010

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my son had that problem, i never changed his formula. i found that if i burped him every ounce he wouldnt spit up as much. but since he started eating cereal he doesnt spit up as much.

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