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Projectile vomiting(9 Posts)
My 7 week old baby has been sick after every feed he has had since birth. He was gaining weight so no one other than OH and I was concerned as he was gaining close to 1lb a week. He was 6 weeks prem and weight 5lb 14 at birth.
Since Tuesday last week he developed a cold, sneezing and a bad cough. On Thursday his 'usual' sickness became more extreme and he started to projectile vomit. Not every feed but at least a few times a day. I was concerned on Sunday as he kept doing it and on Monday morning he was very sick all over my partner and the nursery. I rang my dr but they were no help and ended up ringing 111 who told me to get him to a primary care centre asap. They sent us home being very dismissive saying that it's just reflux. We have tried everything for reflux and nothing has helped including gaviscon, carabel, sitting upright after each feed, elevating the crib etc.
On Tuesday my health visitor came round and weighed him and he had lost 5oz in 6 days. She made me ring the dr who saw me within an hour and referred me to hospital thinking it was pyloric stenosis. We were examined by a dr then left for hours. Left in a room for 7 hours before being sent to a ward for observation (never once checked on him over night) and we were eventually sent home saying it was just a bit of reflux and told to keep going with the gavascon or carabel. Oh but they think he has bronchiolosis but they don't treat that I'm told.
Needless to say, home now and baby is so unsettled, clearly in pain, very scrunched up, constantly feeding and vomiting and has projectiled all over the bed so we've had to come and sleep on the sofa as that's now all our bedding waiting to be washed or drying.
Can anyone help? Has anyone been through this and has some advice or any ideas what it may be? We've also tried infacol, gripe water and colief but nothing has helped. He's vommed so much now he's fallen asleep but he expelled an entire feed so has just exhausted himself.
I'm scared that he isn't going to gain weight and may lose more, what will this mean for us?
My LO was the same and we never got to the bottom of it. Infant Gaviscon did seem to ease it but it took time to be effective - I think I saw a change after a couple of weeks and it had to be in every feed. It was hard as we couldn't just let her lie and play on her mat as she would puke all over herself and I was terrified she would choke. She did end up being readmitted when she was a few days old as she lost so much weight. They showed me how to let her sleep safely on her side which reduced the risk of choking and allowed me to be a bit more relaxed when she was sleeping. They spoke to us about thickened feeds too (which is basically what the Gaviscon does) but I was worried that if it was thicker there was a greater chance of her choking. We ended up holding her a lot of the time because it was the best way to ensure she wouldn't be sick - but it could be an hour or more after a feed and she would still be sick. It's exhausting and worrying but keep talking to your HV and other professionals as I am sure there will be something to ease the symptoms and make it bearable.
Sorry I should have said she grew out of it by the time she was about 5 months old. She's now 2 and I can't even remember the last time she was sick! She does still like to fall asleep in our arms though which I think is due to being held all the time as an infant. I hope you get something that helps soon.
Dd was like this and it was an over active gag reflex . She was literally like the girl from the exorcist, milk would be in a fountain out of her mouth.
However if you aren't happy go back and ask for more tests for PS.
If it's reflux then you may need some medication such as gaviscon or ranitidine (which is brilliant, I had it for both my children).
No bronchiolitis isn't treated, unless babies struggle with their breathing in which case they need a bit of oxygen and monitoring in hospital. It's a very common winter virus.
Personally I would get your little one seen again, he's only little and struggling.
I would go back, my DD was like this we tried everything for reflux and it wasn't until she was a few months old they put her on Lactose free formula and she was never sick again ! (Apart from when she did actually have a sickness bug ! )
She was like a different baby, fussiness and swollen tummy disappeared.
As she was gaining weight and wasn't dehydrated they weren't concerned but with the amount of weight your DS has dropped I would be asking for a second opinion.
My DD1 was a bit like this. As soon as she would get a sniffle her feeds would come up. The doctor put it down to a sensitive gag reflex.
It was the only time she was really ever sick, and would last for about 3/4 days with every cold. Unfortunately it took nearly two years until it stopped.
A friend of mine her daughter is the exact same again.
See I'm breastfeeding which makes it much harder to give him the gaviscon or carabel as they both need to me mixed with water so I've had to be expressing into a bottle with the medicine and feeding which just isn't doable.
I am hoping it'll stop once the bronchiolosis is gone. I'd happily just have the 'normal' vomming compared to this. The fact he's losing weight makes me worry as he's only tiny anyways!
He was feeding every 3 hours like clockwork but recently he either can't take a full feed and comes off but wants back on 15 mins later or he will just sleep through. We're all over the place and my flat is a state and urgh!
Dd projectile vomited loads, several times a day. It started to reduce when she was around 3 months and she's now 4.5 months and she just does dribbly sick like normal babies now. She was worse with a cold and bronchiolitis because the mucus builds up in their tummies.
I did get used to the signs she was going to be sick and got a thick towel ready or held her over something easily wipeable!
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