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Projectile vomiting at 16 weeks.

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Bodicea Sun 23-Feb-14 06:56:46

My little boy has started projectile vomiting after every feed. He is mixed fed and it makes no difference whether I give him breast milk or formula.
As he was never a rufluxy baby until now (I rarely even needed to use bibs) I don't really have any idea what I should be doing about it (if anything at all).
Is this normal for this age? I vaguely remember people that had sicky babies from the start talking about gastrografin etc. But is that neccesary now or do I just ride the wave?
He is currently being treated for bad eczema especially on his cheeks so the vomiting is not ideal. But I am loathe to give him any more drugs as he is already on a cocktail of stuff for that.

YourDaughterHasaTattoo Mon 24-Feb-14 07:00:20

Much sympathy, DD1 was very sicky; cue many outfit changes (me and her) and lots of scrubbing the carpets! We ended up putting towels down everywhere to try to catch it all so we didn't need to clean the floor so often!
Just a quick question; when you say suddenly sick, do you mean he was never sick at all before? And by projectile vomiting how far does it go? Does he seem to hurt before he does it and is it affecting his weight? If it's every feed watch him for dehydration and if take him to the gp tomorrow for a check over. Most likely nothing, but if the projectile is very powerful and getting worse it could be pyloric stenosis which does need dealing with quite quickly. However if he is still gaining weight, is generally happy and sleeping well he is probably fine and maybe just has a bit of a bug. I'd just get him checked over to make sure

LoveMyBoots Mon 24-Feb-14 07:17:06

I second getting checked for pyloric stenosis. Please don't self diagnose, just go to the GP asap. Hopefully it's nothing to worry about.

AmandinePoulain Mon 24-Feb-14 07:24:09

How projectile is projectile? Dd2 was a vomiter and could be sick about a metre away but proper projectile vomiting could be pyloric stenosis, particularly if he's never been a sicky baby before.

How are his nappies? You mentioned eczema would makes me wonder about cows milk protein allergy. Are his poos green, or foamy? How often does he poo? Is his stomach 'gurgly' at all?

Either way you do need to see the GP. Good luck smile

Bodicea Mon 24-Feb-14 09:03:31

Nappies fine. He had one bad nappy where milk looked a bit curdled but I had tried a new way of prepping bottle so think it might not have agreed with him.

His spitting up has graduAlly increased over time as opposed to suddenly starting. I guess it's not proper projectile - just enough to go on my lap/ bed. He is not vomiting the lot up. I know a bit about pyloric stenosis and it isn't as bad as that. I thought it just peaked at this age and wondered if there is something you can give them to help. I doubt it is cows milk issue as he is same on breast milk - I myself went through whole allergy test process once , went on dairy free diet once and it did nothing. Mentioned food intolerance to skin specialist who is highly skeptical as am I.

Bodicea Mon 24-Feb-14 09:23:30

Maybe projectile vomiting is wrong word to use ( just feels like it when you are covered in it an out and about with no Change of clothes)

Bodicea Mon 24-Feb-14 09:30:29

Actually seems a lot better this morning. Maybe he did have a dicky tummy.

YourDaughterHasaTattoo Mon 24-Feb-14 12:41:59

Pyloric stenosis comes on gradually. As the sphincter muscle ge

YourDaughterHasaTattoo Mon 24-Feb-14 19:46:40

Sorry, stupid phone died on me! Meant to say as the sphincter muscle gets thicker the vomiting becomes more forceful. If he has been gradually becoming more sick I'd get him checked. Hope he's been ok today and is fully better soon

naty1 Mon 24-Feb-14 21:41:04

I think maybe once they are sensitised to the allergen it can happen even from breast milk. But could be wrong.
My Lg has soya allergy and the sicking isnt necessarily right after that feed.
Any changes to brand of formula recently?

naty1 Mon 24-Feb-14 21:42:50

I think maybe once they are sensitised to the allergen it can happen even from breast milk. But could be wrong.
My Lg has soya allergy and the sicking isnt necessarily right after that feed.
Any changes to brand of formula recently?

Bodicea Tue 25-Feb-14 20:08:00

He is still more vomity than he used to be but it is not projectile and not as much as it was a few day ago. Think he might have had a bit of an upset stomach. I did change from aptimal to cow and gate after a friend had said they are made in same factory and have pretty much same ingredients - maybe the slight difference was enough to affect him.
Also made it up with cold sterilised water for the first time (normally make it up according to instructions) so won't try that again in a hurry. Seeing health visitor on fri so will mention to her.

naty1 Tue 25-Feb-14 20:59:26

Yes i think does need to be hot to kill germs in formula it isnt sterile

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