does your baby spit up a lot?

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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what do you do for your baby's spitting up problem...i need help trying to figure out how to help my daughter

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Rebecca - posted on 01/15/2010

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Spitting up is normal. Babies spit up, and it usually is not as much as you think it is. Take a clean, dark colored towel and lay it on your counter. Then take a 1 tbsp (1/2 oz) measuring spoon, and fill it with water (or even better, milk) and throw it on the towel. It will look like a lot! But it's really not. And when a baby spits up, it may not be just milk, it may be mucus also. Newborns especially have a lot of mucus. Here's some info from the American Academy of Family Physicians:



"Gastroesophageal reflux is common in infants partly because of a decreased resting tone of the lower esophageal sphincter. Reflux may be considered physiologic and does not require treatment unless it is accompanied by poor weight gain or significant infant discomfort."



Try putting phone book or other thick book under one end of your baby's bassinet or crib mattress and place baby's head on the inclined end, so that she is not laying flat. Try to feed semi-upright, and keep baby upright for 30 mins after feeding. Be sure to burp after 1-2 oz if bottle-feeding.



If the reflux is severe -- like baby spits up the entire feeding every time, screams in pain, or is losing weight -- then you can try switching to a hypoallergenic formula. Most babies who are intolerant of cow's milk proteins are also intolerant of soy, so soy formula probably won't help. True lactose intolerance is extremely rare in babies, although babies may have a lactase deficiency after a bout of gastroenteritis -- in other words, after they have a stomach issue (possibly b/c of irritation from cow's milk formula) they may not produce enough of the enzyme lactase which breaks down lactose. So soy formula may help temporarily, but if baby has intolerance of cow's milk proteins, then hypoallergenic formula is a better choice in the long-run.

Candice - posted on 01/15/2010

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it depends. how often does it happen? and how much does she spit up? it could be reflux if the amount she's spitting up is alot (more like vomitting). if it's happening often i would consult a doctor. keep track of it for a week and bring that info to your doctor. also note other symptoms...sleeping poorly, crying an hour after feeding, choking when laying down...those are all symptoms of reflux. it can be treated.



if she's spitting up large amounts after every meal, be very careful...this could be serious so go to your doctor immediately or your child may stop gaining weight, or start loosing weight.

Heather - posted on 01/15/2010

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well at first mine spit up ALOT then i realized i was over feeding her, then she started to spit up again, my pediatrician says its normal after 2 weeks old for them to spit up. he said what seems like alot to us really isnt that much to them and not to worry....

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Rose - posted on 10/30/2016

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My son used to spit up a lot with excessive crying. Our Pedi diagnosed him with acid reflux. He was on Zantac first, but when it didn't work well then was switched to Babies magic tea and finally our son got settled.

Ashley - posted on 01/17/2010

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thank you for you reply to my question. i really appreciate it. my daughters doctor said the same thing. so now i guess we just have to wait for her to grow out of it

Melissa - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son was spitting up horribly! He lived in a bib! We went through about 15 a day as well as multiple burp rags! He was gaining weight, but I didn't think he was getting enough food. The Dr. said it was normal. Now at 7 months his spitting up has finally started to calm down. He still spits up, but nothing bad. Now I am seeing that for him it was just normal and he is growing out of it.

Rebecca - posted on 01/17/2010

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Glad to help, Ashley. As long as she's gaining weight and having plenty of weight and dirty diapers, then I would agree with your doctor -- she'll grow out of it. :-)

Ashley - posted on 01/16/2010

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i appreciate the advice that you gave me...it is really helpful. i am going to try that towel thing to see if it looks a lot like her spit up episodes. i am glad that i found this site so that way i can ask moms the questions i need to know the answers to

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2010

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well that is what my daughter did...she would eat and spit up after she would burp...the doctor told us to feed her a little and then burp her and it helped for a while and then all of the sudden it stopped working...so when we would feed her we would not instantly lift her up to feed her, we would let the food settle a little bit before we would try to burp her...i put my daughter on enfamil nutramigen formula and that helped with her bowel movements...she has one everyday now and it is not hard and a mustardy color too...but when i took her in the doctor actually saw her spit up and she said that is was reflux problems...so she put her on zantac and it helps a lot...if your daughter is gaining weight then she is still getting the nutrients that she needs but if you try to spit up formula and it doesnt help then she may have a reflux problem and you should ask your doctor about it...but like i said in my last response...it will go away over time and gets better as she gets older

Amber - posted on 01/15/2010

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im also kinda of wondering about my issue im having thats semi similar...my daughter is almost 2 weeks old and she started throwing up after she was eating and when she did poop it was hard as a rock. then it was getting worse with the throwing up and being really fussy and nothing would work to sooth her. so i called the dr and the nurse said to wait a week and keep her on the enfamil formula. well a few days went by and i couldnt stand to see her like that. so me and chris made the decision to put her on soy formula. ( we thought that might be causing it bc hes lactose sensitive) and she is less fussy and eats alot better and we give her water and her last poop was last night and it was mustard colored and not hard and it was a good poop haha. but sometimes after she eats she will spit up...its after she eats and is laying down for a bit. its not force full or anything it just kinda spills out...and it does kinda seem like alot but im not sure. she uaully eats 2ozs every 3 hours but at lunch today she had 3 ozs and she spit up...any advise?

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2010

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thank you...i have talked to my doctor and she gave her medicine for reflux...but it has not been helping very much...she is still gaining weight but its like after every feeding she is spitting up almost all of her food...she is on nutramigen and it has helped with her digestion and bowel movements but it has not helped with her spitting up...my doctor told me that she will grow out of it as time passes

Elizabeth - posted on 01/15/2010

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my daughter was like that. but she was also having diharrea. my doctor said she has a milk protein allergy and switched her to soy formula.

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