My daughter was put on nutramigen and is spitting up worse, what should I do?

Brittany - posted on 12/20/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




My daughter has been on all the enfamil formulas. AR, Gentlease, Newborn, Soy and most recently she was put on Nutramigen. It's been a week and a half on the Nutramigen and I almost thinks it has been making her worse. She has acid reflux and is on Zantac. We were also told that she was a bit colicky. My question is, if she is spitting up worse on the Nutramigen, then what's the point of keeping her on it? I don't know what to do next? She screams like she is in so much pain and the only thing that is helping her are these herbal colic tabs we found. What formula should I go to? Should I try to go back to the gentlease and see if she is better on that. Now? Please please help........ I'm at a dead end :(


Iridescent - posted on 12/20/2011




Call and let your doctor know as soon as possible. Request a referral to a gastroenterologist. It sounds like she needs to go onto an elemental formula next. So far she has been on (in order of steps that are typical)

milk based (enfamil)
reflux milk based (enfamil AR)
broken down milk based (gentlease)
hydrolyzed milk (nutramigen)

This is standard for a child with both reflux and dairy and soy allergies. She is much too young for formal testing for allergies though, and may outgrow this as she gets older. Some options for the elemental formulas are Neocate Infant and Elecare. They are very expensive, so work with GI, get free samples, use WIC, and try to get it covered under insurance for medical need based on allergies.

Misty - posted on 01/24/2012




You can always try switching to Similac Alimentum. Its basicly the same formula. You could also try mixing the nutragimen with similac sensitive. Its for babies with a reaction to cows milk proteins but its not soy either. My 5 week old is both lactose intolerant and allergicd to soy. We tried the nutragimen but he starting spitting up all the time. Mixing the 2 worked for a while, we finally just started using Similac. Talk to your Dr. about it.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/30/2011




I can only speak from experience..but switching formula after formula seemed to put our oldest daughter in agony instead of helping...settle on one and stick to it ..that's my 2 cents anyway.

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Tracy - posted on 12/27/2011




We lived in a nightmare for the first three months of my son's life. Things are still interesting. He was on Similac Alimentum which is similar to the Nutragemin. He would spit up too and hated the taste. Had to work to get 4oz in him. We ended up switching him to Good Start which has only whey in hydrolyzed form. He drinks this without spitting up and no more hiccups and has finally put on weight. Maybe you can give this a try? For some background, I nursed and found out if I ate any dairy or eggs he was in hell. Had a RAST test done on him and he tested positive for a reaction to dogs. Not milk or eggs. We still can't give him any of these though. He had all the symptoms of colic and was so miserable. Docs said it was normal. I knew it wasn't. Hope you find something that works.


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User - posted on 01/26/2012




we were given that yesterday for our son (1 year old) and he was so sick refused all forms of liquid only having 8oz in 36 hours, we went online and found that SMA the milk he normally uses done an SMA LF one and that it tastes the same as normal SMA, we contacted our doctor and today they have given us a prescription for the SMA LF xx

Lise - posted on 12/20/2011





It sounds like she's allergic to soy and milk (the two often go together). It's not for every parent, but do you know anyone who could maybe donate some breast milk?

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