My son is 4 months old and keeps spitting up..

Jessica - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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it seems like he is always spitting up. The dr. Told us it was normal because he is more active now. But he will spit up just out of no where when he's not even playing.. It always seems like we are changing his clothes 10 times a day. When we feed him we burp him ever oz or 2, and he only eats 4 oz bottles. Is this really normal? Is there anything we should do different?

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Shannon - posted on 01/26/2010

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My nephew was lactose and tolerent and spit-up all the time, my sister took him to the doc and they switched him to similac im not for sure which kind but that helped a trmendous amount and he grew out of it, he is now two and can eat anything dairy. Might want to check that out.

Heather - posted on 01/25/2010

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First of all - acid reflux disease gives them some discomfort when they spit up, and my Dr says that this is very commonly misdiagnosed. My son's been like that since he was born too; he just spits up for no apparent reason, it doesn't bother him at all, and he still thrives just fine. Solids do help, but I still find he spits up, and he'll be one in a month. It is normal; there's only reason for concern if it seems to bother him, or if he isn't thriving like he should (which the Dr would let you know of). Trust me - I know how annoying it is, especially when he manages to spit up down your cleavage (like he did to me tonight for example)! Try keeping a bib on him, and using scented wipes to help with the smell so you won't have to change his clothes as often. Other than that, there's not much that can be done besides starting him on cereal (which at four months he is ready for). Good luck, and remember that it can't last forever; if he's still spitting up when he's 16 I think he'll have some problems!

Julie - posted on 01/25/2010

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Does he seem uncomfortable when he spits up? Does he cry or yell when it happens? Both our babies were diagnosed with reflux because of the discomfort they exhibited when they spit up. And yes, it happened constantly! They were prescribed Zantac to minimize the acid and alleviate the discomfort, but the spitting up was only minimized when we started to add a very small amount of rice cereal to his bottles (about 1 tsp). Our ped was reluctant to recommend it because it can cause a lot of weight gain, but it was out of control. It ended up helping tremendously. Changing formulas is another consideration to assist in digestion. We ended up with Nutramigen.

Brittani - posted on 01/25/2010

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Do not put pressure on his tummy... whenever my son lays on his tummy after eating he spits up. Have you started your son on rice cereal? This is about the time to introduce it.

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Erin - posted on 08/13/2013

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Please help-
My 4 month old son has spit up since he left the hospital
I've tried enfamil AR, enfamil gentlease with added rice 1 teaspoon per ounce of formula, per pediatrician. Also prosobee with the added rice as well???? He does not seem to care when he's spitting up unless we are working on a burp. I'm aware of the hypoallergenic formulas
But before I spend that kinda $$$$ how about simalac sensitive- like could it be that all of this constant vomiting could be due to being lactose intolerant? And if that is the case how long should it take before I'd see results? And does wic cover simaliac sensitive? I can get a prescription for it as well as the hypoallergenic if the sensitve is a bust;(
I thank you all! It's crazy being a mom of a lil baby that constantly pukes. We use blankets instead of burp cloths.. Moms you all rock! God bless and good luck with you're baby's health and happiness

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2010

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nope went through it until kate was i everyone was afraid to hold her bc u never knew when it was going to happen i was frustrated too but it does get better it isnt until about 1 though :( but it does yes 10 prs is nothing i knowwwwwwwwwwww :) sorry been there done it soy milk(formula ) and everything my 4 th never seen anything like it in my life!!!!

Julie - posted on 01/27/2010

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I would go to a specialist who can check down his throat there may be a pocket there that is not allowing his milk to go all the way down - Offer him an ounce or two more and see how he tolerates it...

Brenda - posted on 01/26/2010

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What type of bottle is your baby drinking out of. This happen to be long time ago and I went thru changes trying to find out why. Once I changed my baby bottle with a nippble that the milk didn't come out so fast and I burp her and made sure her burp was out good she stopped spitting up and I was happy.I did not get spit up on my clothes and her clothes and everything else. My life was much better and I was happy that my baby was alright .

Mel - posted on 01/26/2010

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oh i forgot to say when you do try other foods solis before milk helps line the stomach, in hospital or daughter had pureed foods before milk or had a thickener syringed into her mouth, which she hated

Jessica - posted on 01/26/2010

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i forgot to put in there that we do give him about 3 bottles with rice cereal in it a day. but we havent tried anyother foods with him yet..

Mel - posted on 01/26/2010

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Our daughter threw up 5-6 out of 6 bottles a day and almost the whole bottle from 4 weeks to 18 months. She was only losing weight while on high calorie formula and solids with extra calories so she had a brain scan which showed she was fine. She had no reflux either as she also had an endoscopy (camera down the throat). Sometimes its just normal but try all the reflux meds we ad them on prescription from hospital. Put a pillow under the cot matress, try to put minimal toys and blankets in the cot so its less washing, put a towel on baby swings and prams so you can just throw the towel in the wash, hold upright while feeding and after wards for 30 mins where possible and try breaks half way between feeds

Alicia - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son did that too he also cried alot...he had acid reflex his doctor tried 6 different formulas on him and the only one that worked for him was similac alimentuim a very exspencive formula but if u have wic it helps...the only thing that worked for him before that was goat milk and my wic won't help pay for it so i couldn't afford it so the alimentuim was the best for him...

Tracy - posted on 01/25/2010

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you are doing everything right. call his doctor and get him tested for reflux. my son has had it since birth. We changed his formula 4 times before we found the right one, we use enfamil prosobee. His doctor also has him on zantac...

Tabb - posted on 01/25/2010

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Just put 3 teaspoons of rice cereal in a 4oz bottle of milk *you'll have to make the hole a bit bigger*. My 2 month old does the same thing and actually just had an X-ray friday to make sure it's not GERD. *I will get the results this Friday* But thickening his milk should help. After he eats, and he is burped, sit him in his car seat for about 10-20 minutes, to give the milk time to settle. That is what I have to do to my little guy. Best of luck!

Heather - posted on 01/25/2010

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Oh, and to give you an idea, my little Leto used to spit up several times every hour! Now it's only 1-3 times a day (thank GOD!). Again, good luck :)

Leila - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son had GER (gastro-esophageal reflux), which is basically acid reflux. The doc said it was very common. Things that helped were keeping him upright for a while after he ate, not josteling him around a lot, burping a lot and feeding him several small meals instead of big ones. I breastfed but the doc said that he would've tried a formula change if he were on formula. He eventually outgrew it maybe around 6 months (it just gradually went away!). Enjoy your little one!

Ciba - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son did the same thing and they tried the acid reflux medicines to no avail. Come to find out it was protein intolerance which is commonly misdiagnosed as acid reflux. Try him on pedialite and rice combined for a bottle or two and if he holds it down then he is protein intolerant. If not then you are looking at acid reflux.

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My son was a 'spitter', he constantly spit up, just like your son. It stoped around 6 months and now, he rarely spits up. If he seems unhappy and you are really concerned about, trust your instincts and get a second opinion.



If you are nursing I would consider keeping a food journal and see if there is something you are eating that is increasing his spitting up. If he's on formula I would try one of the gentle formulas that are specially made for babies with sensitive stomachs.

Melissa - posted on 01/25/2010

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no my daughter my 4th child did this until she turned 1 and it drove me nuts always taking her to the dr.but she grew out of it its acid reflux go figure:)hang in there .nobody wanted to hold her bc she spit so much even before and after she ate at any givin moment its annoying too♥

Lacey - posted on 01/25/2010

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he may have acid reflex my daughter had acid reflex bad we had to use enfamil AR so u might try that

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