the 5 month old that i babysitt spits up every bottle i give him, what can i do?

Amy - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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everytime i give the 5 month old a bottle, he spits up. I do not have the gas relefe for infinats, is there anything i can give him untill i get the money to buy the gas relef?

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My pediatrician said that if the spit up is curdled then acid is mixing with the milk i.e. acid reflux. Otherwise could be lots of things - overfeeding, burping (try burping after half a bottle), or as Shantice below mentioned lactose intolerance or something more obscure.

Karen - posted on 02/08/2010

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Definately think it's something his mother should discuss w/his dr. though I was very lucky that none of my children ever spit up they all had to be put on soy formula. I do watch 2 infants and one has acid reflux and has to have drops prescribed by a doctor before he eats and the other had to have her formula changed too many times to count ultimately they determine she was lactose intolerant. I definately wouldn't give him any type of medicine OTC or not without discussing w/his mother & their doctor first. You should also try keeping him upright after feeding him because if he does have acid reflux laying him flat will make it worse.

Shelbi - posted on 02/08/2010

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His mother should be providing gas drops. Bring it up to her that he needs them but in the meantime, boil water (to get it clean) and cool it down a little in the fridge. Then, while its still warm, and 2 peppermints (green or red will do). Shake the bottle to mix it up and they should dissolve.



I had colic a lot as a baby and my mom said its the one thing that worked best. Try not to bounce him around after he eats and definitely try to keep him in an upright position for as long as possible after he eats. My baby has GERD and in my experience I've found that if I keep her upright and wait a little bit to burp her, she spits up less.

Shelbi - posted on 02/08/2010

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His mother should be providing gas drops. Bring it up to her that he needs them but in the meantime, boil water (to get it clean) and cool it down a little in the fridge. Then, while its still warm, and 2 peppermints (green or red will do). Shake the bottle to mix it up and they should dissolve.



I had colic a lot as a baby and my mom said its the one thing that worked best. Try not to bounce him around after he eats and definitely try to keep him in an upright position for as long as possible after he eats. My baby has GERD and in my experience I've found that if I keep her upright and wait a little bit to burp her, she spits up less.

Shantice - posted on 02/08/2010

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I think this is an issue that his/her mom needs to discuss with the pediatrician. It may be the type of milk that he/she is getting. He/she could possibbly be lactose intolerant. There are a lot of possibilities. My son had that problem around that age and my pediatrician went as far as to have a swallowing study and they found that his swallowing wasn't synchronized. To better put it, there's like more to swallowing than we know, ther's one thing that happens then the next then the next to successfully get the food/drink down, well they found that they weren't all on the same pattern which was causing him to vomit frequently.

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