S.O. asks from Cheyenne, WY on May 25, 2008
6 Month Old Started Solids and Is Projectile Vomiting
Help! I just started my baby on solids. Just a bit twice a day. He LOVES it. Apples, sweet potatoes. He likes it and wants more. Last night and tonight, though, he has projectile vomited many times. Does this have to do with the solids? Is he eating too much? I don't force the food on him, as soon as he looks like he's not interested, I stop feeding. He vomits 4-6 times, so much stuff. He's not sick, because he acts happy and content. Not uncomfortable and sick. Any ideas?
Also, I only feed him homemade baby food and he is exclusively breastfed.
1 mom found this helpful
So What Happened?™
His 6 month checkup is next week, so we'll be talking to the doctor, but I do think its acid reflux. He's had problems with that since he was born, but I thought it would get better with the solids. Shows what I know!! Thanks for all your ideas and thoughts!
J.R. answers from Colorado Springs on May 28, 2008
Hi I am a mother of two a girl who is 6 and boy that is three, I have always started my children on solids very slowly.There digestive systems are very weak and new and has to get use to new food and to digest it propaly. My pediatrician tld me to start of with roots, like carrots swaeet potatoes and potatoes, and to feed one food example, carrots for a couple of days 2-3 days then try sweet potatoes for 2-3 days, and then alternate them for 2-3 days,and then move on.
This way if he is allergic to something you would easily be able to pin point it. If you just give him everything all at once his body is going to reject it because it is new and strange that is probably why he is vomiting, Protein always comes last at least wait until 10-11 months , because that is very hard to digest.
Good luck remember there is no need to rush food he has his whole life left to eat.
J.W. answers from Denver on May 27, 2008
Are apples and sweet potatoes the first solid foods that you have tried him on?? Have you tried just giving him the rice cereal? The apples and the sweet potatoes might be too heavy for his tummy since he is not used to having anything other than milk. I fed my kids the rice cereal for about a month then we started adding a teaspoon of fruit into the cereal to give it a different taste and so that their tummy could get used to the different foods.
M.O. answers from Denver on May 26, 2008
Ick! Has he started a new food? Are you feeding him regular store bought food? Try giving him 24 hours off of the food. And try some diluted ginger tea to sooth his tummy. Pick up some Earth's Best Organic baby food (gerber has an organic line too) and try that after he hasn't spewed in a 24 hours.
We do organic jarred on the go, and make some special ones at home (like mango peach, and veggie medly) When you start him back up, use the B.R.A.T diet, then slowly indroduce all of his favorites :)
Broth (He probaly doesn't eat this yet)
Toast (he probably doesn't eat this either)
S.L. answers from Denver on May 27, 2008
Just a suggestion I would try just giving your son one type of food. For example give him applesauce for a week and then see how it sits with him. If it goes well then change to a new fruit of vegetable. The reason I say this is because this will help you find out if this is an allergy to a food. Good Luck.
J.R. answers from Denver on May 27, 2008
S., Take your son to the doctor. My niece started projectile vomiting every time she ate and there was something wrong. She had surgery, it was fixed, and now she is a happy growing baby.
K.D. answers from Denver on May 26, 2008
It sounds more like it's something in the food. A different brand or homemade might work different. But, it also could be an allergy. It's worth running by your doctor if a change of brands doesn't solve it.
A.N. answers from Denver on May 27, 2008
Call your doctor. Your baby could be allergic to something you're giving him. When I started my daughter on solids, I tried only one kind of food for a week to make sure she didn't have any reactions. That way when I added another food we could narrow down what was causing any irritation.
But still, call your doctor.
A.P. answers from Pocatello on May 27, 2008
You've waited 6 months--hooray, and are beginning with good "first foods." Try changing the quanitity. When a baby starts solids, the amount is around 1/4 - 1 teaspoon--that's a "complete" feeding. He's still getting complete nutrition from your milk, and solids are just a learning opportunity, and it sounds like more than a small amount is shocking his system. See if this helps, and then in a week or two, work your way up to a tablespoon per feeding. Then in a week or two, it will probably be okay to let him eat until he turns his head away. Good luck!
J.A. answers from Salt Lake City on May 27, 2008
I would hold off on the apples. I read in a book called "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon that apples are hard for babies to digest because of the type of sugar in the apples. I believe it is called sorbitol. See if it makes a difference when you stop the apples.
A.B. answers from Salt Lake City on June 03, 2008
I wonder if your baby has an allergy to a food or ingredient there of... check for ANY rashing on face, neck &/or torso!