Spitting Up..

Cyndee - posted on 04/11/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My baby is almost 1 month old and she is always spitting up and even throwing up after I feed her.. Sometimes an hour after I feed her she throws up.. Anyone has any solutions on what may help..And yes I do burp her after and during each feeding.. any input will be helpful.. Thank you for your time..

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Amanda - posted on 04/14/2009

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Okay here it goes...My daughter had reflux from birth to 5. (ugh!) She was diagnosed at about 2 weeks (because at her 2 week well check she still wasn't back to her birth weight), and it was confirmed and rated at a month. She had grade 3? (During her upper GI her stomach contents were consistently coming up even with her trachea.)



Is your daughter sneezing and/or gulping a lot? How is her weight gain? How is she sleeping at night? How much is she spitting up/vomitting? How far does it go? Does it project out of her mouth or just dribble?



You should definitely talk about this with your pediatrician. If it is reflux, it needs to be diagnosed and they need to determine whether or not your daughter needs medication. The medication doesn't help the spitting/vomitting. It decreases the acidity of the stomach contents, to prevent damage to the esophagus and making the baby much more comfortable. The vomitting/spitting, should decrease as she gets older, especially when solids are introduced. Gravity is your friend when dealing with this. The heavier the food, the better it stays down. (Don't introduce solids without an okay from your pediatrician!)



Now for pointers...

1. Keep her upright as much as possible. From the sounds of it, a half hour after feeding isn't quite cutting it.



2. Don't leave her in her carrier. The angle of baby carriers is too much. It actually turns there hips and causes pressure on babies' little tummies, pushing the contents upward. A bouncer is a much gentler angle. I would suggest using that.



3. Burp her as much as possible. I realize this can be frustrating, but it helps. You can tip her on her LEFT side right before you burp her (because of the shape of the stomach, this can help move air to the esphogeal opening) and speed things along.



4. Smaller amounts more frequently can help. The more that is in her stomach, the easier it is for more to come up.



5. Get a swing that swings side to side, rather than front to back. If you think about it, front to back will give the stomach contents an extra oomf to come back up.



6. If she is having a hard time sleeping at night, you can prop her up. (My daughter slept through the night after I started doing that.) If she is in a bassinet, pile blankets under the mat at the top, then place rolled blankets on either side of her to keep her in place. In a crib you would set the foot end to the lowest setting, and the top end to the highest. You can get a contraption called a "Danny Sling" that you strap into the crib, and then strap the baby in it, to keep her from rolling to the bottom.



7. Good burp cloths! My favorite were the gerber flannel cloths. They are more expensive, but they worked the best. Also lots of good bibs. The ones with a single layer of fabric rarely cut it.



8. Make sure you keep the wrinkles in her neck and her armpits clean and dry. Spitters are prone to yeast infections in those areas.



If it does turn out that your daughter has reflux, I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve that I would be more than happy to go over with you. You can also do some research. It will help as well as just make you feel a little better. Knowledge is power.

Vicki - posted on 04/12/2009

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Have u tried stay down formula.(SMA).My little boy woz a really sicky baby.After every feed.But as soon as i put him on solids it calmed down.He's now 20 mths and his never sick.She'll grow out off it but i would try that Stay Down Formula.

Cathy - posted on 04/12/2009

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hi it does sound like reflux. my 2 sons both had reflux and they were sick after every feed and it would be quite alot. go to ur health visiter and ask then if it could be this, i had to give my 2 sons baby gaviscon recommended by my health visiter. they also told me to sit them upright after there bottle, it would help a bit but they would still throw up

Cyndee - posted on 04/11/2009

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I want to thank everyone for their responses.. thank you for taking the time.. to read and reply to my post..very helpful

Sasha - posted on 04/11/2009

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My little guy had pyloric stenosis- his stomach basically squeezed itself off, and he went to surgery to have it repaired... I didn't realize the difference between normal spit-up and vomit until it went projectile and changed consistency...

doesn't sound like that's the case with you and yours, but thought I'd throw it out there.

Alicia - posted on 04/11/2009

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my 2nd son has the same problem...i was told to burp in the middle of feedings and keep him up right for a few minutes after eating...and to prop up his bed a little so he doesnt sleep flat on his back...now that he's 3months it seems to have gone away, except for a few spit ups here and there...i did breast feed and that was worse than the good start formula i gave him...he would have diarrhea every 30min and constantly spit up b4 i switched to formula...and if they over eat they spit up 2...it will get better over time when their little tummies can hold better...his dr told me that as long as baby's still gaining weight its ok :)

Meaghan - posted on 04/11/2009

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Thank you :) I can't believe i still have 3 months left! my son is still breastfeeding at 15 months :) and we are planning on tandem feeding, you could try shorter feedings more often, as a previous poster said, it could be an over eating issue, and some spitting up is normal, but you'll want to make sure that growth is still normal to make sure that something is getting in there.

Serena - posted on 04/11/2009

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My daughter threw up after feeds too. She is breast fed only and we were getting her wind up. Took her to the Doctor and everything was fine, so I started feeding her for a shorter amount of time. We think she was just overfeeding and couldnt digest it fast enough. Once I started doing this, she stopped throwing up straight away. I hope you find a good solution because I know how frustrated you are feeling!!!!

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Oh and mine are EBF too. I know for us its nothing to do with my milk. My 4mth old had been tested for dairy allergies for something else.

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My second was like this, but was growing normally (she was quite the chubber) and happy. She just spat up after every feed. Like, half the feed. It was not reflux, she was just a spewy baby.

My 4mth old wasn't like that as a newborn, but has become like it in the last 2months. Its just because the valve on their tummy is immature.
If she is growing right and not in any pain, its quite normal. My daughter stopped spitting up when she was about 8mths old.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009

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My 2 boys both had the same problem, but my first was the worst.  When I went to the Dr and asked I found out that they had reflux, and it is not fun. It didnt matter how long or how often I burped them they still spit-up or threw-up. We ended up putting them on prevacid, and it helped some. I know what its like and its not fun at all. Also with my first one we put him on Enfamil A.R. because it has the rice in the formula to help them keep it down better, but it also has the effect of constipating them so either way its not fun!

Sarah - posted on 04/11/2009

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If its formula, my daughter was doing this too until I switched her to lactose free formula.

Cyndee - posted on 04/11/2009

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I talked to her doctor and they said that was normal for the first few months.. I just have to keep her upright for about 30mins after her feedings... I give her breastfeed and I pump it and give it to her in a bottle once a day.. And the nipple is a slow as they get.. I have to take her to the doctors on Tuesday.. so I will discuss it with her doctor again.. cause it has gotten a bit worst since her last visit...thank you for your respond.. Very appreciated...

Meaghan - posted on 04/11/2009

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there could be a few reasons for this, is it breast milk or formula? either way should could be having a reaction to the product, if she is on a bottle, you may need a slower flow nipple as she could be eating to fast and getting her stomach upset, it could also be reflux or a few other medical conditions, I would talk to your pedi. and get her checked out.

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