Would Similac Alimentum Be Good for a Baby Who Spits up a Lot and Is on Reflux M

Updated on August 31, 2019
D.G. asks from Fort Morgan, CO
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We have tried several different formulas from several enfamil formulas to Gerber to similac. She projectile spits up all the time and she is on zantac 3 times a day for reflux.

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answers from Washington DC on


Welcome to mamapedia.

I'm sorry you are going through this with your daughter. However, the best person to ask this is her pediatrician.

My children were both breast fed. I wouldn't know squat about formula. You really need to talk with the pediatrician about this.

Changing things all the time isn't going to help your baby. Has the baby in question been examined by a doctor for any of the following?

Pyloric stenosis - my brother had this - he actually had to have surgery to fix it.
Midgut volvulus - which is a a twisted intestine

Before you start switching things up? Ensure there isn't another problem that is causing the projectile vomiting (and this means that is spews out several feet - not just spit up)

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answers from Pittsburgh on

You should talk to your pediatrician about what formula to use. That said - some babies simply have to outgrow reflux. I had one. Nothing helped him - not meds, not forumula changes, not feeding him while he was in a vertical position and keeping him vertical after eating, nothing. I tried every single tip I heard from my ped, from this site, and from the internet. None of it mattered. He stopped spitting up when he outgrew it and we just had to wait.

It was terrible while we went through it (he also didn't sleep because of the pain of the reflux when he was anywhere close to horizonal). Then one day he didn't spit up and that night he slept through the night and it was over. You will get there too. You have my sincere sympathy in the meantime.

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answers from Miami on

This is something you should ask your pediatrician and/or gastroenterologist. My daughter still had colic from Alimentum, she was given Zantac and it helped quite a bit, as did having her sleep in a swing, so she would be in a somewhat seated position, but the problem did not go away entirely. Each case is different. She eventually outgrew it when she got older, but it was miserable.

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answers from New York on

What does the baby's Dr suggest?? Surely you have talked to them about this?

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answers from Atlanta on

Why would you trust an answer from a group of people you don't even know, who have never seen you or your child?? YOU MUST TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THIS.

What upset MY Kids stomach when they were infants may not be what upset YOUR child's stomach.

If your child is projectile vomiting, and this means that the vomit goes out over a foot or more and not just vomits out a bit. There MIGHT be something physically wrong with your child that is causing the projectile vomiting. Work with your pediatrician to get the right diet for your child.

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answers from Dallas on

This is a question for your Dr., not a parenting site of strangers.

Please talk to your Dr.

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answers from Norfolk on

Some babies just spit up a lot but it usually calms down quite a bit by their first birthday.
I'm not sure a particular brand of formula would make any difference unless there's a food sensitivity involved.
Try smaller more frequent meals so her stomach doesn't have as much to expel at one time.

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answers from Boston on

My youngest daughter use to spit up tons of formula. She didn't have any medical issues other than the sphincters that held food in her tummy weren't strong and allowed more formula to come up than usual. She wasn't really bothered by it and grew just fine so no treatment needed.

Here's the thing. I thought she was spitting up the entire bottle so one day I dumped an ounce of it on the floor just to see volume. Turned out she was actually spitting up around 1/2 to 1 oz so she was getting plenty through her system.

Grandson #2 had a lot of issues and was being treated for acid relux. Turned out her had a milk allergy so everything cleared up once his mom removed milk from his diet.

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answers from Washington DC on

mine started projectile vomiting when a pediatrician had me change to soy. but your problem doesn't sound like that.

if your pediatrician isn't giving you good advice (as in my case), switch doctors. but don't substitute the advice of strangers on the internet for that of a trained medical professional.

i hope you find a solution soon. it's miserable to watch your baby try to deal with this.


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answers from Pittsburgh on

I don't know. what does the child's pediatrician say?

I know that changing things frequently with an infant is NOT a good thing. She should probably be checked to ensure there isn't a physical problem FIRST. Can you not breast feed her?

You do realize there is a HUGE difference between "projectile" vomiting and "spitting up", right? Projectile vomiting is typically a vomit that comes out and goes at least 3 feet.


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answers from Boston on

My first had this and it sucked. Our dr said I think Similac with rice. Rice was the key but it only helped so much. What I did learn with my second is to burp every single time. With my first I’d try but not make it mandatory. With the second, no matter how long it took, I got a burp. It may help. A baby nurse told me to do this so she certainly had experience.

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answers from Tampa on

Omg I remember with my 1st! It was hell! Every time he laid down for night time I would fear that 2 or 3 times I need to go and change bedding! And get that formula and later milk smell and little chunks..out of the groves of the bed. oh yak.. and the poor kid himself!

Now 14 years a go was not the same as it is now with formulas. So what the dr told me just feed smaller meals more often. If that did not work he would put him on meds. It never came to that.. once I started adding a bit of rice to thicken the formula at around 7-8 months it slowed down a lot! (I know I know it’s controversial but I have raised 4 healthy kids and it worked for me. And my pediatrician knew about it, approved it , he is also my husbands cousin)
keep the baby up right for 15 or 20 minutes after feedings-I am sure you know all of this.

So based on her being on meds you need to speak to her dr. Make sure all is recorded in her chart. I used similac -what ever they started in the hospital.

You also needs to slow down on changing formula, it seems like you tried a lot.. speak to the dr! Changing constantly is not good either. It doesn’t give the baby a chance to get used to it. Maybe baby has allergies, or not tolerating something.. if the dr put her on meds they should know what’s best.
Lots of luck!

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answers from Portland on

My granddaughter had reflux. That was 19 years ago. She also had food allergies and asthma. As I remember the doctor suggested alimentum because of allergies. She was allergic to milk protein. This is different than lactose intolerance. I don't remember if the alimentum helped. She also had and still has eczema and asthma. She outgrew most of the food allergies. By the time she was 7 she could drink milk. Peanuts still cause her asthma to flare up.

I do remember that what helped the reflux was to give her the bottle holding her upright. She slept fastened into her car seat because that was enough of an incline to reduce the reflux. My daughter first tried raising the head of her mattress. Didn't help because when the angle was enough to help, she slid to the bottom of her crib.

My daughter was desperate to remove the reflux and the accompanying miserable cries and lack of sleep for both of them. I've read that some think a child is in danger of SIDS sleeping in car seat. The articles said baby would fall out of it. Baby can't fall out when buckled in. The seat rested on the bare mattress. At first on the floor next to Mom's bed. My granddaughter was a couple of months old. I could see it possible for a more active child to tip it over. But that could be prevented by tying seat to crib. My granddaughter spent time in a bouncy chair and a swing both of which kept her at a helpful position. I know those are not recommended for use now. I believe that they can be used safely. There was always an adult near by who could see her when she was in them.

My daughter tried various ways to reduce spit up and reflux. Finding the right combination took time. Her pediatrician did a blood analysis for allergies. He sent her to an allergist who did skin pricks. After that my daughter eliminated some foods as she became older and was eating solid food. I think the Alumimentum helped but I don't remember to what extent.

The allergist was the most helpful. The tests showed she was allergic to milk protein, peanuts as well as other foods.
She outgrew most allergies. She drinks milk but can't eat peanuts.

If your daughter doesn't also have eczema and or asthma, what worked for my granddaughter may not be helpful. I know how difficult it is to find relief.

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answers from Greensboro on

It’s not the formula, it’s the baby. Her throat is not developed/ working properly. Tons of babies have this. Make sure to help your baby by feeding her in an upright position, burp her every ounce, and keep her in an upright position after eating. That should help. Other than that you have to wait.

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answers from Washington DC on

Thanks for your question D. G.

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answers from Los Angeles on

My son had lots of tummy issues as an infant and it seemed to help (he was also on Zantac).

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answers from New London on

I did VERY small feedings and burped the baby soon afterwards.
I used the swing for sleeping/napping...
I added rice after 6 months.

Was not an easy period of time!!!

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