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7 Month Old That Spits up All the Time

i have a 7 month old little boy..and he spits up all the time...he could drink a bottle...and spit for up to 2 hours after his feeding...i switched his formula to gentalease for gas and fussy babies when he was 2 weeks old...my mother told me to try soy fomula..but that didnt help...i have asked the dr. about acid reflux but he said as long as he is gaining weight not to worry...but this seem like a constant thing...i was just wondering if any one had any suggestions?..or helpful hints to help with the spit up?..

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Hi A.,

My son had the same problem when he was younger. Gentalease was a life send for me. That was the only forumla my son could handled. He had acid reflex when he was tiny, my peditrician had me give him gavascon, the liquid form. That seemed to work.

Good Luck

i think if it were my child i would look into a second opinion
something somewhere might not be right i have horible acid reflux and i still gain weight just fine i just know that when mine is really bad i feel like vomiting constantly. and let me tell you milk is one of the things that really iritates my acid reflux i hope this helps A.

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A....
I had a spitter too. It was the most annoying thing but the only thing I have to tell you about my experience is that my son (now 17 months old) just grew out of it. I think it was acid reflux too and it seemed to just go away around 6 or 7 months. Hope your does too!

Our 8 mo did the same thing from day 1 and we finally switched to a milk-based formula at about month two. He is on Enfamil's AR Lipil, an orange colored can. This is the only thing we have found works. Recently, we tried to see if he had finally outgrown it, and tried the regular enfamil, but he immediately began to throw up again. Back on the AR Lipil and nothing. Try it. It is expensive, but hey, you only have five months to go!

Good luck!

Hello I have a home daycare and I watch an 8month old that constantly spits up and I myself have a little one who would always spit up. The Dr gave the little one I watch a substance called Simply THick it is a nector thickener for their formula so that it doesnt just come right back up. Also it may be a lactose issue if you tried soy and it still happends try using a lactose free formula, but you have to try it for 5-10 days before you will notice a great difference. I give my little guy who is 6 months a lactos free soy and he barely if ever spits up anymore. Also try Vent air or Dr. Browns Bottles they are the best for gasy babies. I prefer the vent air but the Dr. Browns are also good. Good luck with your little guy.

Kristy

We had the same problem and we used carnation good start. It did help, more so than when we were giving him prilosec in his bottle. Luckily, the spitting up eased around 6-8 months.

A.,
My son has reflux but it is the sort where they do not spitt up all of the time but we were having a lot of trouble while feeding. I would push the doctor to help you find out more about reflux because that is what it sounds like. My best friends baby also has the spitting up relux and has been put on medication and things are a lot better.
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A.,

My 5 1/2 month old little girl is doing the same thing. TELL your dr. that you want a PB Probe done and you want it done as soon as possible. Tell them that if him taking Zantac doesn't work they need to do the probe. Keep on them about it.

If he has acid reflux, it doesn't matter that he's gaining weight..he's still probably miserable. Push for a PH test and try medication. Untreated reflux can lead to ear infections as the other poster mentioned, but can also lead to esophagitis, an inflamation of the esophagus. It can also cause asthma-like symptoms. This is because a small amount (too small to trigger coughing or spitting up) of what's coming up can settle at the mouth of the esophagus and trachea (windpipe) and then trickle down the trachea. This causes mild aspiration, where liquid is breathed in.

Some children diagnosed with asthma seem to be 'miraculously' cured when their reflux is finally diagnosed and treated. It's not a miracle, it's just common sense that the airway isn't being irritated anymore.

Sorry to hear you're going through this! Good luck with your doctor..

G.

My baby was doing the same thing. His dr said it was reflux, and put him on a medication and switched his formula. He is doing 100% better now.

I would insist that the doctor look further into acid reflux and put him on some sort of medication. I had a premmie and she had acid reflux and gained weight throughout infantcy. She is still on prevacid and she is 2 1/2. I would get a 2nd opinion or just insist.

Good luck,

J.

I had the same thing happen with my son. He was projectile vomiting so hard that it was hitting the wall next to his crib. We took him in for diagnostic testing and it turned out to be "normal" for him. If I were you, though, and I felt as if my doctor wasn't taking this issue seriously enough, I'd get a second opinion.

My daughter had terrible acid reflux. She was put on a couple different medications. We tried all the different formulas and they didn't help. She did sleep in a reflux harness though. She was in the NICU for about 8 weeks so most of this was figured out by the time she came home. I would push for a test to determine whether or not your child has reflux. It's very frustrating to watch your child vomit all the time. Good luck!

i think if it were my child i would look into a second opinion
something somewhere might not be right i have horible acid reflux and i still gain weight just fine i just know that when mine is really bad i feel like vomiting constantly. and let me tell you milk is one of the things that really iritates my acid reflux i hope this helps A.

My daughter spit up all day everyday until she was a year old, and didn't have reflux. My doc told me that some kids just spit up and the thing it is is a laundry problem. She gained weight and had no health issues. Your child may just be the same way. I just went through a lot of bibs and changes of clothes. If your pediatrician isn't concerned then I wouldn't be. I would rather just do an extra load of laundry then put my child on medicine that they don't need. Just my opinion though.

Our 5 month old son spit up a lot since birth. Our doctor recommended having him sleep and nap with his head elevated by putting books under one end of his bassinette, then crib. He still spit up, sometimes out of his nose. At one month, the doctor said he likely has acid reflux. Our son has gained weight very well, so he is getting something from his bottles. At 6 weeks, however, our doctor advised us to add rice cereal to his bottles to help the spitting up. We used 2 teaspoons of rice cereal for every 4 ounces of formula and as he has grown, we now add about 2 tablespoons of cereal for every 6 ounce bottle. He stopped spitting up from his nose, but it still came out of his mouth regularly. So a month ago, our doctor prescribed Zantax liquid that we put in his bottles three times a day. Often, babies with acid reflux have multiple ear infections because even when sleeping the spit up goes up, but not necessarily out, so can cause infections in the ear. We tried the different formulas too, but the only thing that really helped was to elevate him for about 30 minutes after eating and then the medicine has really helped. I would push the issue with your doctor. I am also the mother of a 2 year old boy and a 5 month boy. We did not experience this with our first son.

My sister and friend have 3 month old with the exact same problem and both kept talking with the doctor and now have the Zantax, which has helped. Hope this helps. Good luck.

My first daughter spit up all the time. I hated having to wear a burp cloth on my shoulder all the time, and a bib on her and having to warn every person that held her. She finally stopped when she was @ 9-10 months old. She finally just outgrew it. We tried the zantac but it didn't help. She was formula fed. It's amazing how they diagnose almost every baby with "acid reflux" now. It's like an epidemic. A little spit up I would think is okay, even if it is all the time, but if it is projectile or large quantities, then I think it would require medical attention!! Good Luck.

Hi A.,

My son had the same problem when he was younger. Gentalease was a life send for me. That was the only forumla my son could handled. He had acid reflex when he was tiny, my peditrician had me give him gavascon, the liquid form. That seemed to work.

Good Luck

Hello A....I am new but I know quite a bit about Acid Reflux in babies...2 of my children have it and see a Ped GI to control it! Couple questions does your son act like he is in any pain when he spits up(ex. arching his back, screaming for hrs)? All babies have some amount of reflux, just like adults! It's great that he's doing well weight wise but other things you need to look out for are signs of pain...untreated reflux can cause erosions and irritation of the espogus(sp?)among other things! Has he ever had any tests for the reflux (UGI, PH Probe, Endoscopy)? Is he congested alot of the time or is he ok in this department?

Couple of things you can do at home is make sure he is at a 30 degree angle when he sleeps at night(prop the top end of the crib up with a pillow(under the matress) Try not to feed him right before bed! Have you tried Alimentum...it worked wonders for my youngest and he had been on so many(Prosobee, Nutramagin, Neocate-this one is rx only, and then finally Alimentum! Also have you started giving him cereal at all...it sometimes helps to thicken the formula, but it can also make your child constipated! Also if he is in any kind of pain see if the Ped would want to rx Zantac...there are several meds out there but this is usually the one they rx first! Also the meds will not stop the puking but if your little guy is in any pain something like Zantac, Prilosec, or Prevacid are something I would ask your DR about!

I am absolutely no kind of expert...but these are just some of the things I have learned and experienced with my own child!

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