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FondantFancy66 Fri 16-Oct-15 14:30:35

Hi,

DS2 (just over a month old) constantly vomits. Sometimes it's just the usual posseting, but several times a day it's full on projectile vomiting. He doesn't seem uncomfortable when feeding (he's mix fed) but sometimes afterwards seems to be straining and does seem unhappy. The health visitor seemed a bit rubbish and didn't suggest anything. Any ideas? He's got his six week check soon so I'll obviously bring it up with the doctor. Any experiences? HV said he'd probably grow out of it but couldn't offer any ideas as to when that may be. DS1 never had this, and DD (DS2's twin) doesn't seem to have these problems. I've been watching him this morning, and he doesn't go more than 20 minutes without some vomit coming up, poor little guy. He's gaining weight appropriately, but I'm sure this much sick can't be normal can it?

LindsayS79 Fri 16-Oct-15 21:23:41

Could he have trapped wind? My LO would strain a lot after a feed and when persevering with winding her and her bringing up a big burp, she would relax almost immediately! When I couldn't get a burp up I found the sick would be projectile! Often a big bit of wind pushed it up!

skankingpiglet Fri 16-Oct-15 21:30:41

Make him a doctors appointment, no need to wait another 2 weeks. They never mind seeing babies who are still so young if you're concerned, and our GP will see them the same day if they're newborn. It's probably something minor (I agree, it seems excessive) but if it isn't they can get the ball rolling. HVs are generally rubbish, circumvent for the GP smile

Onsera3 Fri 16-Oct-15 21:30:55

He doesn't have reflux? My nephew had that and it was like what you described. Is it fresh milk or sour?

Bolshybookworm Fri 16-Oct-15 21:31:17

My dd1 was like this, she was the pukiest baby I have ever met. A close relation is a dietician and she said that as long as she was happy and gaining weight then not to worry about it. Some babies just vomit a lot. Looking back I think she was a greedy bugger always took more milk than she needed, which didn't help. But she was a happy wee thing so we just got on with it. I got used to smelling of baby sick grin

I bought tonnes of muslins, a stack of second hand baby gros and covered all the furniture. It got much, much better when she weaned.

DearTeddyRobinson Fri 16-Oct-15 21:34:25

Sounds like reflux to me, DS had it as a baby. Gaviscon helped us a lot, also breast milk seemed to stay down better than formula (we also mix fed). Turned out he was also dairy intolerant, sigh.

FondantFancy66 Sat 17-Oct-15 07:13:27

Maybe it could be reflux. I'm not sure how to describe the milk, sometimes it looks fresh, others it seems a bit curdled and smells really badly of sick. My hunch is that it's not trapped wind as he often burps quite well after feeding. Maybe it's time for the GP.

Hope it doesn't last until he's weaned! It'll be the longest five months of my life!

politics31 Sat 17-Oct-15 07:39:18

This was my son when he was a baby. Exactly the same as for bolshy, I think he was just greedy! My very good gp wasn't concerned so we just had to grin and bear it and it got better when he could sit up and went totally at 10 months when he started to take more food. We just bought loads of muslins!

FondantFancy66 Sat 17-Oct-15 21:12:11

I might ask this in a separate post as well, but could changing the bottles help? I've been looking at the Tommee Tippee advanced comfort ones and the Dr Brown ones. DS1 would take any old bottle and was rarely sick after feeding, so this is completely new to me! When I hear other people talk about certain bottles not being suitable for their babies, I used to think that couldn't happen. But maybe they had a point!

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Sat 17-Oct-15 21:18:41

DS did this we were advised to buy the really cheap squishy brown ones as they went flat and didnt let the air in, as much.

Fishboneschokus Sat 17-Oct-15 21:19:34

Pyloric stenosis?

Georgethesecond Sat 17-Oct-15 21:21:16

Ds1 was like this. Happy, healthy, gaining weight, but really really sicky. Oddly he is now sixteen and had never been sick since he was a baby. But boy did he vomit all the time until he was one. Never went anywhere without a muslin. But there was nothing wrong.

FondantFancy66 Sat 17-Oct-15 21:28:23

There probably is nothing major wrong, but today he's looked really uncomfortable in between feeds. It probably looks worse than it is because he's a twin, we've got another baby to compare him to, and his sister doesn't have any of these problems so it looks more obvious. If that makes sense.

Georgethesecond Sat 17-Oct-15 21:30:33

Poor wee thing. Maybe he needs a different winding technique from his sister. With DS I had to hold him up under his arms and kind of stretch him out to get him to burp.

Georgethesecond Sat 17-Oct-15 21:31:53

He wore a bib constantly until he was one, he was so messy. But he slept twelve hours from eight weeks old, so I figured I could do lots of washing since I wasn't tired.

FreeButtonBee Sat 17-Oct-15 21:36:56

I had one pukey twin as well. Was god awful - he put on weight well just had a dodgy valve at the top of his stomach I reckon and it all came up if you so much as looked at him funny. Improved once he was walking. Sorry. Better after weaning but only a gradual improvement really.

Fishboneschokus Sat 17-Oct-15 21:47:51

From memory, PS affects boys more than girls.
DS1 had the operation at 6 weeks one day, one week in hospital, recovered quickly.

I second the poster who advised you to make an appointment with the doctor rather than wait for the six week check. To put your mind at rest.

smile

Fizrim Sat 17-Oct-15 21:53:00

Politics31 - that sounds just like my friend's baby. Constantly sick, but never seemed distressed and put weight on well. The GP thought that it would improve when the baby could sit up more (obviously this takes some months to achieve which is a heck of a long time when you have to carry a million muslins and spare clothes everywhere) and it did, tbh.

I hope it's something simple like this for you, although I hope it resolves a bit sooner! I would speak to the GP just to put your mind at rest.

Sallyhasleftthebuilding Sat 17-Oct-15 22:46:29

If you lie him flat the wind bubbles will gather in his bell.with no escape. Try having him raised, head above belly, so the wind can escape in small bubbles. Towel under mattress, baby seat, pillow for nappy change. All.adds up.

Boredofthinkingofnewnames Sat 17-Oct-15 22:56:44

Sounds like reflux, they can have reflux and be 'happy spitters' go to the gp.

FondantFancy66 Sun 18-Oct-15 07:30:12

I think I'll get him to the docs in the next couple of days. If it's something, at least we'll know. If it's nothing, at least I'll know to buy more bibs and muslins and just ride it out.

sianihedgehog Mon 19-Oct-15 00:50:33

My 9 week old is like this. The doctor diagnosed reflux and gave us gaviscon, which frankly just makes it worse because he gets constipated and then strains so hard he's sick. We're going to go back and ask for something else - apparently they can give ranitidine.

Want2bSupermum Mon 19-Oct-15 01:06:00

Sounds like reflux or an allergy. Def get him in to see the doctor asap.

DS had horrible reflux and using his sisters size 4 diaper as a bib (one 'leg' goes around the neck) helped cut down on the oodles of laundry.

VikingLady Mon 19-Oct-15 20:55:53

I had this with DS. Three to five projectile vomits per day plus posseting. All the HCPs said he was just a vomity baby, but there's no way nature intended a baby to waste that much milk!

Another mum suggested trying going dairy and soy free for a couple of weeks, as it had worked for the same symptoms in her DD. 2 days and the vomiting stopped, as did a lot of the crying!

It's well worth a try, honestly. Can you ask your GP or do you have an infant feeding coordinator or similar in your area? Or a feeding group? Google CMPA and see if it looks familiar. It's becoming pretty common.

politics31 Mon 19-Oct-15 22:34:12

Absolutely Fizrim. It was a total pain but he's fine now. The only thing that settled him was keeping him upright and walking for ages. My Dh and dad wore out lots of carpet!

I'd definitely get it checked out though, even if only for peace of mind.

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