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Vomiting caused by overfeeding in a 7 month old??

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Ceebee74 Mon 26-Feb-07 19:30:26

Does anyone know if it is possible to overfeed a baby and cause them to vomit?

I started weaning my DS at 6 months (showed no interest before that) and still didn't seem particulalry interested - more interested in playing with the spoon than the food!

Anyway, about 10 days ago, he suddenly seemed to get an appetite (it coincided with learning to crawl) and we went very quickly from 2 small meals a day to him suddenly wanting 3 meals a day plus pudding once a day - he lapped the food up, stopped playing with the spoon and opened his mouth for the food (he had not done that before) - he has consistently had between 25-30oz of milk since we started weaning.

He has pretty much vomited everyday since he has been on 3 meals a day - usually later on in the day and usually proper 'adult' vomit (as opposed to milky vomit) - his poos are normal so I don't think it is a tummy bug.

Decided to just give him milk today to let his stomach settle and so far, touchwood, no vomiting.

Can anyone help? Have we been overfeeding him (even though he seemed to want it and presumably has been burning loads of calories crawling)?

lulumama Mon 26-Feb-07 19:34:30

maybe cut back on the solids for a wee bit....milk is still the main source of nourishment for him, milk is more filling and satisfying, so maybe ease off a wee bit?

bless him ...and you ! all that sick is awful !

Ceebee74 Mon 26-Feb-07 19:37:15

Thanks Lulu - I thought the same but he seems to really want them and I assumed he would have more of an appetite with him crawling!

And, yes the sick is awful - seem to have washed everything in the house atm

PrisonerCellBlockAitch Mon 26-Feb-07 19:39:05

oh dear, poor wee thing. i don't suppose he could just be ill, could her?

lulumama Mon 26-Feb-07 19:40:53

new name aitch? political protest , or un hommage to an oft overlooked fabby prison drama !

i thought that , but then milk tends to still cause vomiting, if not more so, when LOs are poorly !

liquidclocks Mon 26-Feb-07 19:41:54

Have you started to feed him anything new? Or something he was having before but in larger amounts?

Ceebee74 Mon 26-Feb-07 19:41:55

Aitch - he could be but for a week?? Seems a long time for a tummy bug.....and is it coincidence that today he ha been fine on just milk?

I wish he could talk and tell me what was wrong - so much easier

PrisonerCellBlockAitch Mon 26-Feb-07 19:44:09

oh, it kinda fits with my MN mood at the moment.

and true about the milk. a bit trapped and fked-over. and camp.

PrisonerCellBlockAitch Mon 26-Feb-07 19:45:00

adjectives apply to mood, not milk.

lulumama Mon 26-Feb-07 19:46:15

clearly ! camp milk...that is just odd!!

PrisonerCellBlockAitch Mon 26-Feb-07 19:47:37

maybe he's greedy for the food but still hasn't quite got the hang of chewing and swallowing it yet, so he's bringing it back up out of shock, almost? can you try to really slow down so that you know he's swallowed things down well?

PrisonerCellBlockAitch Mon 26-Feb-07 19:49:03

i speak as someone who once spoon fed my friend's wee boy and he just about launched himself at the spoon but brought it all spectacularly about thirty seconds later.

Ceebee74 Mon 26-Feb-07 20:00:21

I do try and vary his diet so he has had different things everyday he has thrown up so don't think it is an allergy.

As for actually swallowing - he tends to throw up 1-2 hours after eating, not immediately - plus he threw up after his last bottle last night so it is not just connected to food.

JustSometimes Mon 26-Feb-07 20:13:46

My DS did the same, particularly at night before bed - then just would be sick, if he ate too much. Babies valve (can't think what the anme is for it) that stops us being sick, isn't fully developed / strong enough to hold back the quantity. Especially when they move around a lot.

I've probably made all the medically trained people whince at my description

I had to really be careful with DS and monitor how much he ate including how much he drank. It's was ok once I'd done that. It stopped.

Ceebee74 Mon 26-Feb-07 21:39:52

Just - that sounds like it might be what is wrong with DS - what did you do if he was hungry though?

BandofMothers Mon 26-Feb-07 21:46:11

Is probably like when you overeat as an adult. You know you shouldn't have any more but you do, then when it all hits your stomach you feel really full and sick. He just doesn't know he should stop.
I think I remember someone saying their stomachs aren't much bigger than their fists. Shouldn't need very much with each feed. Try giving 3 feeds, well spaced out, but smaller amounts.

liquidclocks Mon 26-Feb-07 22:09:07

Justsometimes - I'm wincing! (only joking )

Regularly being sick about 1-2 hrs after having a 'big' (big in terms of being 7 months old anyway) is indicative of a weak sphincter at the top of the stomach if you haven't introduced anything new that could be causing the reaction. The stomach is like a bag with two holes, one where the food comes in when you eat and the other where the food travels on into the rest of the digestive system. Each hole is controlled by a sphincter (circular muscle that contracts/expands as needed to let food in or out). It sounds like your LO is being sick at the time the stomach is trying to push the food through to the next stage but that the top sphincter isn't strong enough to stay closed during the process - hence the sick.

He might be overfull, and with what you've said about the milk it sounds likely - or it may be that his muscle asn't developed quite enough yet which is what you see in babies with reflux (usually present from birth or soon after). My main experience away from the textbook is with my own LOs who've had reflux and there tends to be a great improvement around 9-10 months. Hopefully if it is just a weaker muscle it should resolve by then and he'll be able to eat a bit more. However, I think it might be worth mentioning it to your HV next time you see her (or him!) just to get their opinion.

Also just a side note but while he's being sicky you should be extraa vigilant about cleaning his teeth as the acid from the stomach can erode the enamel if it happens a lot.

Ceebee74 Tue 27-Feb-07 07:40:15

Liquid - that is very useful - thanks very much.

It does sound like that might be what it is - I had come to the conclusion it could be reflux - he has always been a sicky baby (he also had pyloric stenosis so he was a VERY sicky baby for the first 8 weeks of his life) in terms of possetting a lot between feeds - although he has never been in pain etc as many reflux babies are - so I think his muscle is underdeveloped.

Plus he has had a persistent cough for about a month now (which usually precedes the vomiting) and I believe that is a symptom of reflux? (I think I read that somewhere)

Will try spacing out his bottles and meals and give him much smaller amounts of food.

Ceebee74 Tue 27-Feb-07 07:41:19

Liquid - sorry, meant to ask that as he doesn't have any teeth yet, do I need to brush his gums?

BandofMothers Tue 27-Feb-07 08:47:20

No, only if he has teeth.

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