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post #1 of 30
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My son is twelve days old. For the first ten days he was on the regular Enfamil Lipil with iron. On the seventh day he began spitting up his food at nearly every meal for three days. On day ten we went to the doctor and they put him on Enfamil Gentlease for babies with gas. I knew in my gut that was not going to fix a damn thing. Forty eight hours later, and he has still spit up his formula at every meal. Today I went and bought the Enfamil A.R. for babies that spit up; it is thickened with rice. I have yet to use it, but I am not optomistic. I think I am missing something here.

We have followed every rule imaginable for feeding him: burping at every ounce, not feeding as much, no tight diapers, feeding in the sitting up position, leaving him sitting up for thiry minutes after a meal.

Help.
post #2 of 30
I wish I had some advice for you...maybe call your ped and ask for suggestions?

When I switched from breastfeeding to formula feeding for my first child, he had a LOT of problems. We did get referred out to a pediatric gastroentrologist and in the end, we had to go with a hypoallergenic formula.
post #3 of 30
He could be just eating way to much. Take a breath a slow down a little and remember that a babys stomach takes a little while to get acoustomed to new formulas so switching brands every 2 days might not be long enough of a wait. My only helpfull hint is you might want to try something along the lines of carnation good start that seems to work reallly well with the babies or you might have to do what i did which was end up having to put dd on Alumentum it is 2nd highest formula out there but it really works wellllll. Good luck and remember new babies can be tricky
post #4 of 30
The same thng happened with my DD who is now 1. We switched formulas a lot, and ended up on Soy. She was still miserable and finally at 4 months she was diagnosed w/ gastric esophogial reflux disorder. She had to take pepcid twice a day for 6 months. This probably ISNT it, but I would just be aware... it was horrible waiting for months to finally find out!

Good luck
post #5 of 30
Same thing happened to me when my dd was a baby. The enfamil AR worked for me. The same thing also happened to my friend's baby at the time. She was on some program through the health dep. where a nurse came by to check on the baby. The nurse discovered that she was way overfeeding the baby. After she started feeding the proper amount, her baby stopped spitting/throwing up. I hope one of things helps for you. How much are you feeding at one time? If I remember right, at 12 days old, it should be around 2 to 4 ozs. at a time. I could be wrong though, my youngest is 4, so its been a while.
post #6 of 30
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We are feeding the right amount--about 2-3 ounces every 2-3 hours.
post #7 of 30
Since he is spitting up- my ? would be is he getting enough nutrition? Does he have about 8 wet diapers a day? If not I would call the Dr.
I would also say- what about giving him the gas relief medicine. My SIL had to do that with her son who was spitting up a lot. The Dr. told her to give him a little with each feeding- she would either give it to him before feeding or in the bottle.
Good luck- and let us know how he is doing.
post #8 of 30
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Originally Posted by lexikatiesmom View Post

The same thng happened with my DD who is now 1. We switched formulas a lot, and ended up on Soy. She was still miserable and finally at 4 months she was diagnosed w/ gastric esophogial reflux disorder. She had to take pepcid twice a day for 6 months.

Good luck


My best friend just had DD and also had the same problem she is also on pepcid and it is working great for her. I would try switching to Carnation also it is suppose to be most like breast milk and break down easier.
post #9 of 30
I had one son who just spit up all the time, no matter what. Dr wasn't worried because he was otherwise healthy and was gaining weight at an even pace. He was just a spitter!
post #10 of 30
My friend's baby was doing the same thing and it turned out to be a very serious problem of intestinal blockage. The poor little baby had to have surgery but he is fine today. I would definitely go to a different pediatrician or to the er and ask to see the pediatrician on call for emergencies. If I were you, I wouldn't put it off, I would do it now.
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