Pukey baby, anyone?

Amber - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old baby boy throws up all the time! He has since he was about 3 weeks old. I breastfed for almost 4 months and now he's on formula.... breastmilk, iron-forified formula( tried a bunch of different kinds), soy formula... It doesn't matter what I do, he's constantly throwing up (a good portion of what he drinks). The doc did an ultrasound that came out normal, and since he's gaining weight she's not going to give him medication. She says thats just "the way he is!" My first baby never spit-up, so this is completely new to me. I change his clothes 4 or 5 times a day, but he is always soaked! Its not just "spitting up", most of what he drinks literally just comes right back up. Any suggestions as to what else I could try? I've been thinking... could it be something I ate during my pregnancy that caused it? Anyone else have this issue?

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Theresa - posted on 06/29/2009

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sounds like reflux my daughter had the same thing and her ped put her on Zantac and it worked wonderfully no more throwing up or screaming out in pain...it does take up to a week to start working though..also try to burp him every ounce or so and maybe try a bottle with a large nipple he might have a big suck and could be gulping a lot of air especially if you used to nurse him..we switched to playtex drop ins and they are wonderful...Good Luck

Samantha - posted on 06/29/2009

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Quoting Amber:

Pukey baby, anyone?

My 5 month old baby boy throws up all the time! He has since he was about 3 weeks old. I breastfed for almost 4 months and now he's on formula.... breastmilk, iron-forified formula( tried a bunch of different kinds), soy formula... It doesn't matter what I do, he's constantly throwing up (a good portion of what he drinks). The doc did an ultrasound that came out normal, and since he's gaining weight she's not going to give him medication. She says thats just "the way he is!" My first baby never spit-up, so this is completely new to me. I change his clothes 4 or 5 times a day, but he is always soaked! Its not just "spitting up", most of what he drinks literally just comes right back up. Any suggestions as to what else I could try? I've been thinking... could it be something I ate during my pregnancy that caused it? Anyone else have this issue?


If he is not in pain when he throws up it's not acid reflux, but if he does seem like he is in pain then it probably is acid reflux.  We used Prevacid on our daughter and it really helped.  If it's gas, try Gripe Water, this is a natural remedy that seems to help keep babies calm.  You could try burping him every couple of minutes to slow down the drinking.  He might be drinking too much too fast, try a slower nipple.  Maybe he is eating too much.  You could try giving him less ounces in each bottle and see if he is still satisfied.  Some babies like to suck and will drink it all b/c it is there.  I hope something helps, if not just carry a lot of clothes with you.

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Marie - posted on 12/06/2013

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I have a 6 month old son who is exactly the same constantly spewing and throwing up like u said could change him 4 or 5 times a day. He seems to be worse at nite never had it wit my first son. Im thinking of trying baby gaviscon to see would that help.

Kate - posted on 06/29/2009

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My twin girls were the same way and the only thing that really helped was reflux meds and also adding a teaspon of barley cereal per ounce into the formula. i have been doing it for about 2 weeks now and hardly any throw up

Kaira - posted on 06/29/2009

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My daughter was the same way. She did everything from a little dribble to full on projectile fire hose puke. Since she is my first & I had never been around other babies it really freaked me out. She did this on breast milk as well as formula. My doctor suggested adding a few spoons of baby cereal to her bottles to thicken the milk. Of course you would have to get different nipples so the cereal can flow through.I eventually figured out that the cereal, a good burp & keeping her upright and still after feedings did help a bit not completely though. You also may try feeding less food more frequently. I noticed that my daughter had the worst episodes when she had consumed too much milk/food/juice for one sitting. However time is the only thing that is really going to work. I eventually just accepted my beautiful pukey baby and now that she is about 9 months she barely pukes at all. i can recall about 5 times in the last month. And I've been told that by a year it should subside completely. Until then, just pack extra clothes in the diaper bag :-)

Rebecca - posted on 06/29/2009

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My son had those issues when he was little. I had to put him on soy formula but I also had to feed him in really small portions more often (e.g. an ounce every hour or hour and a half) He was able to hold down more of the formula, and thankfully he did grow out of it by about one year. I hope that helps some.

Stacey - posted on 06/29/2009

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my daughter was the same i tried all diff formulas but nothing working she now six months and it has stoped so there is hope just keep at it

Charlie - posted on 06/29/2009

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oh yeah pukes all the time LOL , but my midwife calls him a happy chucker and says not to worry about it i changed him over to Reflux formula and it has helped heaps .

Nichole - posted on 06/29/2009

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I didn't really have this problem but I did read if you start to give them cereal for the reflux that will help to stop the throwing up so much.
I googled this and found some stuff for you.
What can I do to ease my baby's suffering?

Try holding her in a more vertical position while feeding, and keep her upright for a bit right after feedings, too. (Don't put her down for tummy time right after she eats, for example.)

Giving her less breast milk or formula at each feeding (if you can get away with it) may help, too. You can make up for the smaller quantity with more frequent feedings.

If your baby is formula-fed, you might also try adding a little rice cereal to the bottle or using a formula that comes with "added rice." (First ask your baby's doctor whether you should try this and how to mix in the cereal.)

These suggestions aren't guaranteed to soothe your baby — they may even make her crankier — but they're worth a try.
Hope I helped a little..:)

Michelle - posted on 06/29/2009

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lily was on meds for reflux for her vomiting and when she was about 6 months we discovered she's allergic to cows milk... then tried soy milk *she's nursed so i guess i should say i tried* again she's allergic.. it's common to be allergic to both cows milk and soy so maybe try a formula without either? *i'm assuming they make another type don know much about formula as i'd never give it to my child*

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my nurse calls my baby a happy chucker, the only thing you can do is get a bigger washing machine for all the spew rags i call them

Niki - posted on 06/28/2009

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My daughter was the same way. We discussed this issue with the doctor and he had me keep a journal of how many times she spit up each day as well as the amount. In the end he never found anything wrong with her, just that she spit up a lot. She continued gaining weight and never seemed to be uncomfortable. The doctor said that she would stop spitting up so much when she started eating solid foods, and she really did. We also put rice in her bottle to thicken her formula based on the doctors advice. It seemed to help a little, but in the end it was lots of birp cloths and extra clothes for a while!

Katy - posted on 06/27/2009

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My son was the same way, and honestly at 5 years old still pukes really easy. He has a horrible gag reflex. My daughter never puked unless she was sick, my son from day one puked at least once to twice a day... The only think I can think of it being, since the Dr's aren't concerned is that, like I said, has a bad gag reflex and anything can set it off. My son started coughing from the cat shaking fur at him after her being brushed, he inhaled, he puked... anything, he doesn't chew his carrot enough, he pukes, you name it, it's happened. I've got him trained now to run to the toilet and stand there until the feeling either passes or he pukes.... not much more can be done.

Kate CP - posted on 06/27/2009

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My mom used to call my daughter a "happy spitter". I guess some kids like to spit up?

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HA! you just quoted my daughter exactly, except that I still nurse her. I thought it was something in my diet that was causing her to be like this as well so I cut out all kinds of things especially milk and soy since they r the 2 types of proteins many babies can't tolerate. After doing all this my daughter was no better so the doctor put her on Zantak because she thought it could be acid reflux causing her to throw up, well let me tell you that it didn't make any difference when she was on it so I took her off. The doctor says if shes gaining weight we are not going to worry about it. As long as he is not uncomfortable and not loosing weight I wouldn't get overly worked up about it, sometimes there just aren't answers everyone is different.... hope that makes u feel a little better. :)

Rebecca - posted on 06/27/2009

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another thing that helped us while he was on formula only was stopping feeding every few ounces and burping. it helped some with the different formula(enfamil) and helped us control how much he was throwing up as he wou'dn't know when to stop drinking like other mothers have said about their own.

Alicia - posted on 06/27/2009

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My best girls baby was the same way, but he never had reflux. He was and is a VERY healthy boy......the doctors never seen or found any problems with him....but he was a constant puker and would throw up most of what he ate also, but it never bothered him. He would even goggle through it, lol!!! He just stopped doing it recently. I think it's just something they just go through as babies and grow out of it. To keep from getting soaked and having to change him all the time he went in a diaper while at home, lol, and you ALWAYS made sure to hold him outwards, lol!!!

Rebecca - posted on 06/27/2009

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my son was that way even with breast milk. when we switched fully to formula we found there was only one that helped any. it didn't stop the throwing up but it made it less. it was called enfamil gentalease. we only kept him on formula until he was about 9 months and we started adding whole milk to his formula under dr's eye and it helped a lot when the whole milk was introduced. he was on whole milk only around 10 months and never threw up again. something to look forward to in a few more months for you,but talk it over with your dr before you start to bring it in to the diet. good luck and keep lots of laundry soap on hand lol

Lori - posted on 06/27/2009

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My daughter spit up A LOT sometimes she would puke, or throw up almost an entire bottle. There was nothing wrong with her so her doctor didn't give us anything to help. It might be gas of reflux so ask his doctor about this. Isabelle was always fine laying on her back so it wasn't reflux. She would puke when she ate more than her tummy could hold. She usually wouldn't stop eating when she was full, so we had to 'know' how much she should eat and if she wanted more we would give her another ounce after a half hour or so to make sure she was really hungry. It was a pain, but all we could do to stay dry. She also wore a lot of bibs to try to keep her dry. Good luck because I know what a pain it is when it seems like something is wrong but nothing is!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/26/2009

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my son did the same thing when he was little.. sometimes would spit up an entire bottle.. his doctor put him on liquid zantac for acid reflux and that really helped him out... do you give him gas drops? you might try that too.. maybe he just needs extra help burping or tooting and thats what's making him barf..? nothing you did has caused this.. just the way some babies are.. keep lots of cloth diapers around and hopefully you can try to stay dry.. lol.. good luck!

Dana - posted on 06/26/2009

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my twins had very bad reflux...they went through 4 outfits easily everyday each! i even had to pack extra shirts for myself when we would go somewhere. I would just try to keep very propped up during and after feedings for at least 30 minutes. they outgrew it around 10 months old. good luck and hang in there!

Kaitlyn - posted on 06/26/2009

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hi amber. my baby is the same way.. he just threw up all over me not even 5 mins ago lol. it sounds like he has reflux. when my son was 2 weeks old he stayed in the hospital for a week (he has a heart problem) and while i was there he started throwing up. because it was right after a bottle they said the cause was reflux. most babies grow out of it by the time there a year old.



http://www.pollywogbaby.com/refluxandcol...



this website is pretty much everything the doctors had me do at the hospital..

hope this helps

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