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4 month yr old constantly spitting up

Posted Oct 21 2009 10:02pm
Spitting up

Spitting up

I have a four month old little girl who is contantly spitting up; sometimes hours after she eats. I have already been told that she is gaining a sufficient amount of weight and it doesn' t seem to be reflux by her pedietrician.

I have also taken dairy out of my diet because it seems she may be allergic to milk protien for the time being. I also am taking acidophilus. Is there anything else that you could recommend. She seems to be hungrier when she spitts up leading to feeding her more often.

I am breast feeding her and sometimes she is hungry and I don' t have enough milk supply to feed her only an hour after she has already eaten..
Hopefully you can help!

Answer:

Hi Erin -

Sorry to hear about your little one spitting up so often.

A few things to consider:
- ensure that you are feeding her upright and not having her lay down when she eats.

- do not feed her anything besides breastmilk. She does not need any other foods until she is at least 6 months old. And then, only introduce foods one at a time and very simple foods like banana, cooked carrots, and other easy to digest fruits and vegetables. Avoid formulas if possible.

- ensure that you ' burp' her after each feeding. Slightly thump on her back between her shoulder blades.

- A highly important supplement for her which may significantly reduce her from spitting up is HLC Neonate.

HLC Neonate is designed to give her own digestive bacteria to support digesting your breastmilk. HLC Neonate is being extensively researched and so far results are very favorable.

To use HLC Neonate, wash your hands and then dip your small finger into the jar. What sticks to your finger and under your nail is the dosage. This trick comes directly from the formulator and physician of Pharmax. Provide HLC Neonate daily to her before each feeding.

- During times of significant stomach discomfort or incessant crying, she may be experiencing colic. Consider using Colic Tabs by Hylands along with Mag Phos 6x. Mag Phos 6x is excellent for reducing spasms of all types. If her stomach spasms in any way, it may lead to vomiting and spitting up.

I would use Mag Phos 6x for her alone on a daily basis to help reduce the spasms in her stomach. Only use the Colic Tablets when she experiences colic.

Simply put 2 tablets of Colic Tablets and 4 tablets of Mag Phos 6x in a teaspoon of filtered water. They dissolve quickly. Put into her mouth with a dropper - dispense slowly so she doesn' t choke.

You may also put the tablets into her mouth directly two at a time. They dissolve quickly so choking is not a hazard. What I do is after I place them in an infant' s mouth, I quickly put their pacifier in so their tongue doesn' t push the tablets out.

I highly recommend this pacifier as it contains no BPA and it has high air flow around the check. The high air flow prevents bacteria buildup and rashes.

- You are absolutely correct in avoiding suspected foods causing her to spit up. Dairy is huge. Other ones to consider are the cabbage family: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Basic rule is anything that gives you indigestion may likely give her indigestion.

- Do not give her water. Only breastmilk.

- If you ever use a bottle to feed her, consider an anti-gas/anti-colic spout.

In summary, I cannot emphasize enough:
- Feeding while upright only
- Burping after each meal
- HLC Neonate before each meal
- No other foods besides breastmilk
- Remove foods which cause you indigestion
- No other fluids besides breastmilk
- Mag Phos 6x cell salt daily until spitting up ceases
- Anti-colic bottle if you bottle-feed her at times

And one I forgot to mention which is huge:
- Many parents think they need to add rice to formulas or breastmilk and place in baby' s crib at night to keep them full. Do not do this. This causes ear infections, colic and spitting up.

And another:
- If you use a nipple shield, try to remove it and simply use mouth directly on nipple. The nipple shield dispenses a lot of milk at once at times.

Should you have further questions, please do ask.

Do update me on how she does with the above recommendations.

In health,
Dr Ben

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