My 5 month old son throws up alllll the time and i'm definitley not over feeding him any suggestions

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Bronwyn - posted on 08/10/2009

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If he is gaining weight that is great (he's adorable). It probably is something like reflux; depending on how bad it is he could go Zantac (Ranitidine) - this is the mint flavored oral medicine that is taken twice a day; or another h2-receptor blocker. The dose can be adjusted depending on how bad his reflux is; with maximum dose used for a diagnosis of GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease). If this doesn't work doctors will often switch kids to a "PPI" (proton pump inhibitor) - Prevacid (lansoprazole) or Prilosec (omeprazole) are 2 examples and this is only used once a day. Some doctor's will try one or both of these right away and see if it works; others will do a "pH probe" test first - but it's invasive and the kids have to be admitted to the hospital for it. Sometimes adding Reglan (metoclopramide) helps if your infant's gut isn't "moving"...it helps move things through the GI tract so that food doesn't "back up" so to speak. Other methods like thickening feeds (even adding rice cereal) and/or putting his bed at a 45 degree angle are options as well. If he is gaining weight; hopefully it's not something that requires a surgical intervention. Imagine having a full meal and laying down right away afterwards...I'd feel sick too; so being upright for a while after a bottle should help...and getting those burps out too.

Kelly - posted on 08/12/2009

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Have you tried the Enfamil AR formula? My son had the same problem, and this seemd to work for him...He has always been a spitter from the beginning but this formula seems to help tame it a bit.

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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Could be allergic to dairy or whatever he's eating, my family deals with a lot of food allergies. Milk makes my daughter painfully gassy, and there are like 5 things that give her hives, so it's just a suggestion

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Kristi - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son did the same thing, come to find out he was lactose intolerent. If you haven't talked to your babys doctor do so ask for suggestions

Amber - posted on 08/17/2009

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I would try to switch his formula. He may not like it. You may want to try some rice cereal mixed with some formula and try feeding him that and see if he can keep that down. feed him with a spoon. I heard that rice cereal in a bottle can give them gas.

Mandy - posted on 08/14/2009

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I did the same thing when I was a baby and need soy formula, my little sister spit up alot not actually throwing up and had acid reflux, they put her on some medications and it cleared up and hasn't been a problem since. They also to her t the chiropractor which also seemed to really help. But I'd try switching to soy formula but don't wait to long to take him in, my little sister got really sick really quick. Good luck!

Marlene - posted on 08/14/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter but she had it really bad i used to be to scared to let people hold her because she would 99.9% of the time get sick on them. It was reflux, the doc said her valve was under-developed but that it usually comes right between 6 and 9 months. Her relux lasted until 14 months but non the less it did get better. I used Novalac Anti-Relux formula it is specialised formula and then i also gave her Motilium which is for heartburn & nausea. If the problem is reflux you basically just have to wait for them to grow out of it but in the mean time keep them as comfortable as possible.

Patricia - posted on 08/13/2009

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My son did the same thing and every now and then he still does. He is on Similac Alimentum (very expensive) but I tried every formula just about and this is what the Doctor suggested and i has helped

Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2009

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my son did the exact same thing. He would even spit up HOURS after he ate. He has acid reflex and takes medicine and now he's doing great

Jen - posted on 08/12/2009

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feed him soy! my daughter did it too! It was bad but then we switched to soy! And everything got better! :)

Rochelle - posted on 08/12/2009

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your actually not supposed to give children under a year water i didnt know this until i was giving my son water one day and the doctor told me that it can over hydrate a child and cause severe problems so be careful with that

Rochelle - posted on 08/12/2009

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My suggestion is its probably acid reflux if this is true try feeding him in a more upright position, such as a carseat or somthing for in the home, also if you are not breast feeding they make formula for this my little one had this same issue with a little work we got it under control you want to cut the throwing up dowm as ot can cause permanent damage to your little guys tummy hope this helps

Mindy - posted on 08/12/2009

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hey! my son did that too. it was horrible i had to take a suitcase everywhere with us it was so bad. they said reflux gave him med. but that didn't help, we tried every kind of formula made nothing worked finally they sent us for an upper GI i think that was to check to see if something was wrong with his esophagus...not sure. nothing showed up everything was right. but there was an elderly lady out in the waiting room allday that day & i never seen her with anybody or talk to anybody else don't know why she was there it was kind of weird but anyway she asked us what was wrong & she told us to stop on our way home & get him some regular whole milk (i know your not supposed to but nothing else worked) so we did & he quit throwing up that day. i was about to loose my mind until then. i honestly believe she was an angel sent to help me. some people think i am crazy for saying that but she helped us. our doctors didn't like it but my son has been the healthiest kid you've ever seen.

Mel - posted on 08/11/2009

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Quoting Sandi:



Quoting Rachel:

it could be GERD another words acid reflux, dont put him on meds put cereral in his formula to make it thicker and he will be able to hold it down better. That worked the best for my daughter. The meds made her really nervous and shaking alot it was awful.





I hope you don't mean to put cereal into his bottle. That's a potential choking hazard and if you're doing that I seriously suggest stopping that right away!! I really hope I'm misunderstanding you Rachel.





I think she meant rice cereal, not like fruit loops or anything.  The powdered kind made for babies, you're supposed to mix it with milk or formula. Gerber makes one with DHA I have it in my cupboard.  It's powdery like powdered mashed potatoes.  You just put a spoonful or two in the formula to give it a little more substance. Some moms swear it helps young infants sleep better at night. Some doctors say there's no proof of that but my aunt's a nurse and she said it worked for her two girls.  Once my baby was about 4 months I started putting a little in the last bottle of the night. (But don't put your baby to bed with bottles.)



Once your baby is ready to start solids, you mix it up like instant oatmeal as baby's first solid food. Once that is mastered you can mix it with pureed baby foods to make them less runny too. It's just powdered rice, as long as you don't feed it to him dry he won't choke on it.

Bonnie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My oldest did the samething after I fed him I swear he threw up the whole bottle and all the doctors would say is well he's gaining weight fine and did nothing about it. Then when I had my youngest son he was breastfed all the way through and he never threw up and I would always say I wish I breast feed him not to mention my yougest never gets sick often still and he is almost 8 years old. If you do breast feed it could just be the same as long as he is gaining weight but still I would want an answer. Could be the acid reflux that's the most common answer now. That didn't give it back then.

Bonnie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My oldest did the samething after I fed him I swear he threw up the whole bottle and all the doctors would say is well he's gaining weight fine and did nothing about it. Then when I had my youngest son he was breastfed all they was through and never threw up and I would always say I wish I breast feed him not to mention my yougest never gets sick often still and he is almost 8 years old. If you do breast feed it could just be the same as long as he is gaining weight but still I would want an answer. Could be the acid reflux that's the most common answer now. That didn't give it back then.

Mel - posted on 08/11/2009

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Stop hanging him by his ankles! (Just kidding!)

A mom friend of mine always fed her son (she was breastfeeding) inclined the whole time (so gravity would help) and let him sit in his car seat afterword for a while so his stomach could settle. She also put him to sleep in his car seat on a regular basis so he wouldn't throw up at night. I think the angle the baby sits in a car seat seems like it's just right for young infants.



With my daughter I found out that she couldn't handle powder formula, only the premixed stuff. And I swear I mixed it right, so that wasn't why. We also had to switch her to the orange Similac to be more gentle on her stomach. When she was older than 6 months she could take the regular formula Similac made from powder just fine.



I am no doctor but as common as it is for babies to have reflux when they're younger than 6 months old, I really think babies are just born with immature digestive systems. I think it takes them a few months to get the hang of digesting. I think you should talk to your doctor to make sure it's nothing serious first, and then try laying him in his car seat after a feeding so his tummy can settle, try switching to milder formula, try putting just a tiny bit of rice cereal in the bottle (you need to make sure it can flow through the nipple), try different things and by the time you figure out a trick or two that works, the next thing you know he'll be normal and can eat/drink anything while hanging off of the furniture no problem.

Amber - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son used to throw up all the time after he would eat. I found out that he had acid reflux which I was told is common in young babies and they normally grow out of it. I breastfed but I also supplemented. I changed his formula to Similac Sensitive RS. It is for less frequent spit up and has rice in it so should stay in his tummy better. You might want to ask your doctor if he has acid reflux.

Sandi - posted on 08/11/2009

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Quoting Rachel:

it could be GERD another words acid reflux, dont put him on meds put cereral in his formula to make it thicker and he will be able to hold it down better. That worked the best for my daughter. The meds made her really nervous and shaking alot it was awful.


I hope you don't mean to put cereal into his bottle. That's a potential choking hazard and if you're doing that I seriously suggest stopping that right away!! I really hope I'm misunderstanding you Rachel.

Rachel - posted on 08/11/2009

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it could be GERD another words acid reflux, dont put him on meds put cereral in his formula to make it thicker and he will be able to hold it down better. That worked the best for my daughter. The meds made her really nervous and shaking alot it was awful.

Sandi - posted on 08/11/2009

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I would say (if you already ruled out any medical problems) to try to feed him in an almost upright position and after feeding him to keep him in a sitting position for approx 20 minutes. My doctor suggested this to me and there has been some improvement. Also, have you done anything different around the time that he started the problem of throwing up (up the amount of oz, introduce a new food, etc)? I hope that this helps you. If you still feel concerned I would suggest talking to his doctor about your concerns.

Vickie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter spit up about 6-8 times after each feeding. I would have to keep a bib on her at all times - somewhat embarrassing in public. I tried different formulas and gas drops and sitting her up right and extra berping. Nothing worked. I finally ended up taking her to a gastroenterologist. He put her on something that helped a lot, but not completely. Then he switched her to Zantac, I believe. He increased the dose once and finally it cut the acid. I quit giving it to her after a couple months of no spitting up. This was at 18 months. Get it taken care of ASAP, cuz babies are too cute to be covered it spit up all the time. :)

Manami - posted on 08/11/2009

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soy formula is the best. i feed my son soy and he doesn't throws up as much like he used to.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son did the same thing Doctors never could give me an answer but I solved my own problem took him off nursery water and just put him on regular drinking water it did the trick for me just wanted to share with you!!!

Jenilee - posted on 08/11/2009

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My little girl had the same thing sadly it lasted until she was 10 months old and the doctor would not offer any help. I found a product online called colic calm and that help settle her stomach and decrease frequency and amount but it did turn her poop black. Dont be afraid to demand good care from the doctors with this it did slow her growth but my MD was not concerned until after the damage was done and the vomiting had stopped.

Kate - posted on 08/11/2009

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he might have relflux, you could ask your doctor for a fomula made for reflux or spitting up. my nephew got Enfamil A.R it comes out of the nipple like normal formula but it has a thickener that helps keep it down. might want to put a wedge in his crip at night to hold him up a bit. I hate laying flat to sleep when i have reflux, why wouldnt a baby?

Brianna - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son had the same problem at 2 months. It was reflux, so he has been on medication twice a day since then. When we went for 4 month checkup, doc said to start adding rice cereal to every bottle to help thicken. They both have worked great for us.

Natasha - posted on 08/11/2009

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my son did the same thing i put him on goats formula which you can buy from health food shops or you can buy the hienz brand its alot cheaper its in the green tin

Stephanie - posted on 08/11/2009

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hello my baby dose same thing doc said to buy thickner to add to ither breast milk or formuler..

Rena - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter did it too. We tried everything and she kept doing it, but was still gaining weight just fine, so doctors said not to worry. Eventually she grew out of it, about the time we started her on solids. My only suggestion is never go anywhere with out extra clothes for you and him! :)

Hanna - posted on 08/11/2009

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by the way, did u start him on solids yet? from what i heard, it seems to help with that as well. talk to your pediatrician and see what he/she says

Hanna - posted on 08/11/2009

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sounds like acid reflux. my son (also 5 months old) had the same thing earlier on, but it seems to have cleared up by now. although occasionally he still does it when he's bending over too much while sitting down & crunching his stomach when trying to sit up. our doctor gave us a prescription randitine (good thing was it was covered by medicaid) for it and he took it for a month and it pretty much stopped. it said to do give it 3 times a day, i did it twice a day (because he only needed it when he was awake), and after we finished the bottle, now we got a re-fill, but i only give it to him when he really needs it and after 2-3 doses it seems to go away for several days

Janessa - posted on 08/11/2009

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he my acid reflux. talk to his pediatrician. my son had that issue too. he cried a lot because of iit.

Ashley - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son did the same thing we switched him to soy and that helped a lil, but he was still spitting up a lot so we switched him to the AR formula which has cereal in it. It makes it thicker to stop spitting up. Also sitting them up for thirty mins after each feeding helps. Some babies just spit up a lot though no mader what.

Sophie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My friend's daughter has the same problem....they did x-rays and ran tests to see if anything was wrong...turns out she was just sensitive to foods with texture...something to look into. Good luck.

Latoya - posted on 08/11/2009

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i have a 5month old too and i have the same problem..the doc told me itll go away but he still does it...i changed his formula 3 time from isomil to similac RS to similas alimentum and he still spittin up and now at his 5 monthc heck up the doc say he has acid reflex...but i started givin ma son rice cereal at 2 months in with his bottles to thickin it up and its been workin...but sometimes he still spits up.....

Natalie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My daughter threw up a lot when she was on sma gold, the Health Visitor told me to change her to sma staydown and she is much better, still a bit sick at times but not as much as she was x

Vicky - posted on 08/11/2009

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sounds like gastric reflux hun - mine had this from when she was born till...prob a while after she was 1! the docs @ the hosp diagnosed it & prescribed gaviscon powder sachets - 1 in each bottle of milk. it thickens it up so not so sick. still sick sometimes but no where near as much!! ;-)

Danielle - posted on 08/11/2009

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Well I would start by changing his formula to maybe a soy. It help reduce spit up, and worked very well with my son. The only downfall with soy is that it tends to consipate babies a little, but the doctor just told me when he doesn't go for a few days it was ok to give him prune juice (or baby pair juice works too) mixed with water. The soy formula has mad him into such a happy baby. It might be acid reflux to, it seems to be very common these days

Natalie - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son did this from birth to approx 10 months, theres a valve at the bottom off his tummy that closes when food passes but this does not always close untill the child starts standing upright, Harry has not been sick since he started standing at 10months and now walking. could always check with docs may have allergies but could just be the valve not closing, hope that helps. nat

Amanda - posted on 08/11/2009

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You know what, my son was the same way. He is now 7 months old, and the throwing up or spitting up has stopped ALOT! Since he has started solids i have found a huge difference in that he hardly spits up anymore, just the odd time when he is playing on his tummy. Give it some time it may pass, as mine did! Just even within those couple of months, from 5 months old to now, it's made a difference. We switched his formula aswell, and it still didn't seem to help, but try it! Good luck :)

Stephany - posted on 08/11/2009

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Check his formula, my son had that problem until we switched his formula. The rha or whatever it is made him have acid reflux. His was projectile and all over the place.

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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try allimentum formula made by similac it has been a lifesaver for my children!! we call it the miracle formula for throwing up without medication! Itys spendy but worth every penny!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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he may have GERD, my son threw up all the time and that is what the doctors diagnosed it as. He finally grew out of it at about 1 year. Try to thicken his formula with rice cereal, the doctors said it would help it stay down. good luck

Charlene - posted on 08/11/2009

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Sounds like reflux due to the lactose protiens in the formula or breast milk. Try soy formula and when putting him to bed prop his head up just slightly. My daughter had the same problem and outgrew it by 9-10 mos.

Mallory - posted on 08/11/2009

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ask the doctor first. but you may need to change his formula if you are using formula. that is what i had to do! i went from enfamil with iron to a.r. lipil-enfamil..

Christina - posted on 08/11/2009

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Reflux my twin have it we put cereal in their bottles to help there also meds to help the burnning.

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