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Babies spitting up and vomiting

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My son will be 3 months on the 11th and the doctors have him on whole milk because they say his small intestine is thickened on one side. He is constantly spitting and throwing up and seems to have an upset belly quite a bit. Should I try soy milk, or find a different doctor that may be able to help me a little better?


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replied January 11th, 2010
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There are many possible causes for baby spitting and throwing up often. They include the normal milk ejection reflux. The baby simply spits up the excess of the milk. This happens shortly after breastfeeding.
Certain babies may experience Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This condition is family related and is more often seen in premature born babies.

A rare condition that might cause vomiting in babies is stenosis pylori. This is a condition in which the end part of the stomach is somewhat narrower and the passage of the food is reduced. It might need a surgical procedure to treat it. However, this is found from the very birth and the baby does not gain weight properly and vomits from the very beginning.

If your baby is a ‘Happy Spitter’ --gaining weight well, spitting up without discomfort and content most of the time, then it is quite all right. Most babies stop spitting and vomiting completely after 12 months.

You might want to ask for a second opinion and try the use of soy milk. Please, be aware that food sensitivity might cause vomiting. Cow milk is often found as a cause for food sensitivity-related vomiting in babies.


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