January 25, 2010,
S.C. asks from Riverbank, CA on January 20, 2010
4 Week Old Throwing Up
My son's doctor changed his formula yesterday because he had been throwing up after every 3rd bottle or so and unresolved constipation issues. We are now giving him Similac with iron...now his throwing up is worse...after almost every feeding! He's eating less and is fussy now, too! His stomach is bloated and is extremly gassy!
Any idea of how to resolve the throwing up or help ease his pain? I feel awful for my baby boy!
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for your advice and kind words..it's nice to know I'm not the only one! We have found the right formula and with the help of Mylicon we have (at this point) resolved my sons issues. Thanks again!
T.G. answers from San Francisco on January 21, 2010
T.D. answers from San Francisco on January 21, 2010
My daughter had problems adjusting to similac & enfamil. We used Good Start formula. It is gentle on their tummys. My daughter was often gassy & constipated but Good Start really was easier on her stomach. Don't feel like you have to stay on Similac, find out what works best for him! Good luck!
A.G. answers from Austin on January 20, 2010
Is it really vomit or spitup? Vomit would be projectile, like forceful throwing up. Spitup can seem like vomit when it isn't. For the gassy/bloating, I would use Mylicon. You can use it after every feeding, up to every 2 hours. We used it with my son for months, he was sooo gassy. I agree with the others about changing formula regardless. What about a soy base formula? I wouldn't even wait for doctor's approval. Hope it gets better, poor thing!
E.M. answers from San Francisco on January 22, 2010
My grand daughter was having lots of similar problems up until three months old. At first, her doctor said it was the stomach flu but the symptoms didn't get any better with time. I did some research and found she possibly had an allergy or sensitivity to regular formula so I purchased, as indicated in the articles, Similac Alimentum which was expensive but worth seeing her symptoms alleviated. She loved the formula and never had anymore problems with vomiting, skin rash, gassiness, etc. When she turned one years old, we tried to place her on whole milk. She loved the taste but after three days experienced stomach pain and bloating so we attempted other products (Lactaid which she didn't like and Good Start). With Good Start, she did okay initially because we mixed it with her Similac Alimentum. But as we decreased the Alimentum and increased the Good Start, she drank less and less and said she didn't like it so we went back to Similac Alimentum for another year (yes, very expensive but worth every penny as far as I'm concerned) until she turned two years old. Hope this helps.
A.T. answers from San Francisco on January 21, 2010
My daughter would projectile vomit when she was your sons age. She was very fussy and would not sleep. Finally, at 2 months I told our Pediatrician somewthing was wrong. I went over all our daughters symptoms again and she was diagnosed with reflux (very common in babies)
Here is what she had us do and it worked:)
she was put in axid (rx) you may not need that
keep baby upright for 30 min after feeding
add 2tbs of Beechnut rice to every ounce of formula(only Beechnut)
and switched formula to Nutramigen( I would try everything else first, this is very $$$)try Gentlease
make sure you get good burps
and let your baby sleep in a carseat to keep him upright
Hope this helps
K.P. answers from Killeen on January 20, 2010
same here...i put prune juice in with formula and use mylcon crops they work great! he poops great and no gassy stomach and burp in between the bottle feeds...like my son is 4 6 weeks he drinks 4 oz...at 2 oz we burp then cont.
S.X. answers from Chicago on January 20, 2010
allergy allergy allergy
K.L. answers from San Francisco on January 21, 2010
R.K. answers from San Francisco on January 22, 2010
you may still be able to breastfeed. call la leche league and ask about relactating.
K.H. answers from Washington DC on January 20, 2010
If he has constipation then a formula with iron will make it worse. My daughter suffered like this as a newborn , her stomach was huge , she was full of really bad smelling gas , we switched her to Similac sensitive (lactose free) and she was a different baby within 48 hrs. I would switch the formula again to a lactose free and to help initially with the constipation add 1oz of prune juice to 3oz of cooled boiled water , he will go in no time at all.