I don’t remember Riley being a big spitter-upper. Sure, there were a few memorable occasions when he sprayed everything within twenty feet with his mighty milk-barf, and there was that time I had to scrape half-digested formula out of my shoelaces afterwards, but overall he mostly kept his meals to himself.

Dylan, on the other hand, is determined to drown this entire household in baby hork. I do ten thousand loads of laundry a day, thanks to this kid. Sometimes he just spits up a little, sometimes he spits up a lot, sometimes he projectile hurls across the entire room.

Frankly, it’s fucking gross. THERE I SAID IT. I love my kid but this is gross.

He doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort, his doctor wasn’t worried (“All kids spit up, some just do it more than others,” she said with a shrug), we burp him like we’re supposed to and I’ve even switched to “Sensitive Tummies” formula. What else can I do, other than look ahead to some wonderful date in the future when I can go a whole hour at a time without having someone throw up down my shirt?

Any suggestions from those of you who have also dealt with a bulimic baby more than welcome. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to dig dried barf out of my LAPTOP KEYBOARD.

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The only part of his body I can trust not to unpredictably hose me down with bodily fluids. Chomp chomp.

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Naomi
14 years ago

well… that sucks. i hope he stops throwing up so much.

Jem
Jem
14 years ago

He has such huge feet! Whenever I try to reply in your comments section my computer starts missing ou random letters for some reason,it dos it in finslippy’s as wel. So I won’t write muh more, but he is adorable, and I hope the spit-up lessens son! (soon!)

b.
b.
14 years ago

Could he be lactose intolerant? That caused my niece to hork up every bottle she was given during her first few weeks of life. The switch to lactose free formula was made, and our lives became (relatively) baby vomit free.

WCD
WCD
14 years ago

Hi Linda – When Nick was a newborn I ended up formula feeding him because I developed a blood clot and had to take rat poison to thin my blood (warfarin) — for real. When we switched him to formula he would power puke all over. I originally had him on Similac, and then switched him to Nutramigen. It’s spendy and smells not the best but it did the trick.

The other things I tried and they worked was to feed him sitting up, gravity is our friend here. Making sure the nipple is the right size. Too big and he got too much too fast and puked.

Frequent burps during and after each feeding can keep air from building up in his stomach.

And last but not least I fed him an ounce less than I normally would.

And then I watched for the normal crap:

Isn’t gaining weight
Spits up forcefully, so that stomach contents shoot out of his or her mouth
Spits up excessively — more than a tablespoon or two
Seems hungry between feedings
Has fewer wet diapers than normal or appears lethargic
Has other signs of illness, such as fever, diarrhea or difficulty breathing
Spits up green or brown fluid

Blah blah blah — You know all the stuff to watch for, you’re a veteran.

honeybecke
honeybecke
14 years ago

My eight month old T-man had this when he was a newborn. I found out the hard way that he was a glutton (yes, all down my shirt as you say) and just didn’t know when to stop. They say babies will stop when they are full, but this just doesn’t seem to be the case 100% of the time with my little snorker. So, I made sure the nipple was the slowest crawl this side of the ol’ Miss and also took breaks during the feeding to burp him (duh, right) and if he didn’t fussbucket for more then I’d figure he was done. It seemed to help with the spitts. When I didn’t stop the feeding, he would drink it all up and then IT would come all up. On me.

Good luck. Also helpful, just grow a spit up rag out your right arm.

laughing mommy
14 years ago

My first baby spit up 20 or more times a day. We couldn’t get dressed to go out until the very last second… and even then as we were walking out the door she would soak us. We aren’t talking a small amount of spit up… it would soak through my shirt, and sometimes even clear down to my pants. She was breastfed so I coudln’t change her formula, and changing my diet helped nothing.

Her doctor said the same thing yours did… kids spit up. Unless she lost weight (she hovered around the 5th percentile) they wouldn’t do anything to help her.

It sucked. It really did.

The good news is that it seems to get drastically better as soon as baby starts to eat solid food. Hang in there.

clarabella
clarabella
14 years ago

I have nothing to add to the glowing advice here, since it is all so good, except that if it doesn’t clear up, and you’re feeling discouraged, go back to your doctor. I love my son’s pediatrician, but he blew me off when I worried over my son’s excessive spitting up. He said as long as there was weight gain, there was nothing to worry about. When he didn’t gain any weight in a month, he took me seriously and we monitored him for acid reflux. Turns out he didn’t have it, but I was still a little miffed with my doctor for not taking me seriously when I said he was spitting up A LOT. Sometimes I think the peds think we’re overreacting and send us away with back-pats. I hope you find some relief soon, like I did.
On this same note, I tried to feed my son some soft rice today and learned he doesn’t like any consistency other than pureed. I found this out the hard way when he gagged on ONE grain of rice and proceeded to throw up the babyfood he’d already eaten. Oops.

clarabella
clarabella
14 years ago

Oh, I forgot, if Liam was having a particularly pukey day, we would put a couple drops of mylicon in his bottle for the gas. It seemed to help, but it could’ve just been coincidence. Of course, ask your ped his/her opinion first, but that seemed to work for us sometimes.

Lesley
Lesley
14 years ago

I got nothin’ except Licorice Allsorts. Might Dylan like one?

Emily
14 years ago

Those feet sure do look delicious!

jane
14 years ago

Wrote about you here a little:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/girlsguide/2008/02/19/the-blog-entry-about-blogging/#comments

Just thought you might like to know… I’d wanna know :)

Penny
Penny
14 years ago

We had this problem but our son had acid reflux. He was about 3 weeks old when we had to put ceral (rice) in his bottle to add the weight to the formula thus keeping it down longer, absorbs more, = pukes less. The Dr’s all say don’t give them cereal now but my new granddaughter had the same problem, we solved it with the cereal, feeding her in more inclined position (so she was almost sitting, gravity is your friend at this point) and shes doing great. Her Dr kicked about it but he wasn’t the one getting thrown up on all the time either.

Super Sarah
14 years ago

No advice, sorry, my 19 month old just threw up for the FIRST time (I know – don’t you all HATE me!) but she had tummy flu so she was excused. I just wanted to comment on the gorgeousness that is Dylan’s feet, wowzer they sure are big!

Jessica
14 years ago

We didn’t start having problems with my little guy Dylan until he was around four weeks old. He started spitting up, and was miserable all around. Turns out, he had reflux, and we put him on Nestle Goodstart, and that helped a little. The doctor ended up starting him on Zantac which didn’t help at all, and ended up switching him to a daily dose of Prevacid which we had to dissolve in a syringe with water. It worked miracles. Hope he gets to feeling better.

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
14 years ago

That little foot is too cute. Chomp Chomp!

Eric was a puker big time, he was worse as he got older (sorry) he would choke on EVERYTHING! He loved yogurt but if there was the tiniest microscopic peice of fruit in it he would choke on it and vomit all over the place. He still won’t eat corn (he’s 5 and a half) becuase he remembers choking on it and throwing up.

Michael
14 years ago

Our son spit up a lot. One thing that really helped was to buy some cloth diapers and keep them all over the house and generally wear one over a shoulder or have one in a pocket at all times. Whenever we held the baby, we’d try to keep a cloth positioned so that any spit up would land on the cloth, instead of our clothes. Washing cloth diapers was a lot easier than washing a bajillion loads of laundry. It will pass in a few months (maybe sooner if it’s the formula). Good luck!

jenn
jenn
14 years ago

Those feet are definitely chomp-a-licious!

PS… my mom said I was the same way as a baby. She finally just settled on the formula that smelled the best coming back up. (‘Course, this was the early 70’s, and she was barely 20 when I was born… you may want to check with the pediatrician.) Nutramigen or Alimentum is ungodly expensive, but if his tummy’s that sensitive you might have to go that way.

Sarah
14 years ago

I hate that the baby is erupting. You can’t help but feel bad for them, even if they don’t seem to mind it. We’ve stuck with Nestle Natural Cultures, which contain a lot of the same active milk cultures you find in Activia yogurt and sweet acidolpholus milk.. cultures that help your tummy digest. We also tried soy, but that just made him lethargic. Another thing might be the nipple speed.. Avent newborn (size 1) worked best for us. Hope SOMETHING absolves itself!

warcrygirl
14 years ago

Babies spit up? I must have blocked those memories from my conscious mind because I have NO MEMORY of being barfed on. I am haunted, however, by the memories of potty training. Aside from suggesting you wear plastic clothing (like that Bissell pet-hair commerical) I can’t think of anything else.

Yeah I know. Sorry.

Kate
14 years ago

My girl used to pass out nursing, easily transfer to her crib, then like clockwork wake herself up spitting up 20 minutes later. We took to holding her upright for 45 minutes after she fell asleep eating. I guess that’s not very fun as advice goes, but it did help. She outgrew it completely around 6-7 months.

Zannah
14 years ago

If I may make a request. Take a very tight shot of Dylan’s feet, black and white preferrably. I love baby feet photos. I have them of both my boys and all my nephews and nieces. Thanks!

Teej
14 years ago

I don’t know anything about baby puke except that it’s kind of gross. I don’t know anything about teeny, tiny, perfect baby feet except that they make me forget about baby puke entirely.

Christina
14 years ago

My son was power puker & he was breast fed so I do not THINK there is a correlation between bf and formula feeding but who knows…

Matthew’s barfing was epic and amazing and OMG I hope this 2nd baby is NOT like that. There are still two spots under the cushions on the couch that despite many attempts to clean are permanently stained (UMMM EWWWWWWWW…)

Now we were terrible (like never) at burping our son but mostly because every time we tried he would barf. But if we did not burp he barfed too. SO there as no winning with this one.

I can clearly remember the day I realized OMG he no longer barfs all of the house every time he eats and sighed with relief… (that was maybe around 6-7 months or so) only to find he was constipated – AGHHHHHHHHH!

AND the laundry AND the smell. Sigh – here’s hoping this stage passes quickly for you & Dylan!

alli
14 years ago

Fuller was a barfer. It was just his way. We kept a burp cloth near by at all times and zout stain spotter one all possible stains. We switched forumlas (several times- we settled on the WalMart brand that had no bubbles when you mixed it) and it just kept spewing. It eventually quit once he started solid food.

Swistle
14 years ago

Oh, that little FOOTIE! I won’t get too close, though. Just in case.

Sara Moon
14 years ago

My daugther did the same thing as Dylan. She was a huge puker-upper. There really is NOTHING you can do except ride it out. It goes on a loooooong time, too, but the good thing is there is nothing to worry about. It looks like a lot more puke than it really is, too.
I remember feeling so defeated in trying to dress up and take showers – like, WTF? Why even bother? Everything I owned was puked on.

Hang in there and enjoy the cuteness, puke and all.

Lisa
Lisa
14 years ago

My first born spit up a lot. I assumed it was because he was a preemie. We had a dry cleaning rule – if you were wearing something other than wash and wear, you did not hold him! My sister’s son had issues spitting up and it ended up being more serious. It was called pyloric stenosis. I doubt that’s what Dylan has, but you can look for more information on what to watch for on this site:

http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/medical/digestive/pyloric_stenosis.html

Good luck!

Annsy
Annsy
14 years ago

My kid is 13 months and still spits up daily. Nothing has fixed it. One thing that helped reduce the amount of spew coming out of him was switching him to Enfamil AR, but because it is thickened with rice, you may not be able to use it until 4 months. I echo the burp cloth plan. We still have them all over our house.

Good luck. I hope it goes away soon!

Maxine Dangerous
14 years ago

I have no child and therefore no story to share, but I hope things get better. And also, GAH I HAV BEEN RENDRD POWRLESS BY TEH CUTE FEETS! :)

justmouse
justmouse
14 years ago

my kid was a barfer pretty much from day one. he made the girl in the exorcist look like an amateur. turns out the sphincter muscle into his stomach was not quite finished growing when he was born. so basically, it was like filling a glass with milk, with nothing to keep it in. we learned not to jiggle him, or lay him down, or get him laughing/crying/coughing too soon after eating. give that milk some time to digest first. my son grew out of it eventually, but he’s always had a super sensitive gag reflex since then. so try no lying him down for about 20 or 30 minutes after eating. keep him upright so he doesn’t “spill”. hope the barfest 2008 ends soon for you.

Squeeky
14 years ago

I’m sure you’ve already thought of this or someone has mentioned it, but what type of bottle are you using? We used “Dr. Brown’s” with Charlie and he spit up a grand total of 3 times while he was on the bottle. They are a MF to assemble in the dead of night, so I would suggest having them pre-assembled, but other than that I swear by those things. I have two friends with boys the same age as my boy Charlie Beans who also used Brown’s and they too swear by them. Best of luck!

Oh and I love the name you picked and those adorable feet!!! ACK – the cuteness is killing me!

Joanne
14 years ago

My second one spits up too and one thing I read recently is to burp them *before* they eat. I have been trying it with some success, although it could be a coincidence. My ped said the same thing as yours, all kids spit up, but he prescribed Zantac because my girl is kind of fussy and he said it might be bothering her. I second the cloth diaper idea, we have them all over the house!

Erica
14 years ago

First of all: THOSE FEET! OMG!

Secondly: My daughter is 13 months old now, but for the first three or four months of her life, she was a horker. So much so that her pediatrician put her on Zantac for reflux. That didn’t help one bit. Maddie was just a puker. Once she started eating “real” food things slowed down… and got grosser. Real food puke smells so much worse than formula puke. Now, she hardly ever throws up. I think she just had to grow out of it.

Marie Green
14 years ago

No advise, but wanted to say that all three of my girls spit up SOOOO much. You would SWEAR that they were not keeping ANY of their meal down, it was so much/so frequent. They always had to wear bibs (which were ugly, IMO), and we ALWAYS had those super thick cloth diapers on hand, like literally, whenever we were holding the baby. If someone wanted to hold one of them, we’d warn- OK, but you’ll probably get puked on.

Physically there was nothing wrong with any of them. They just puked and puked and PUKED. A quart went in and a pint came back up, or something. And if it makes you feel any better, they were all breastfed, so it’s def. not caused by the milk you are feeding him…

Sadly, but also happily once we got to that point, it lasted exactly 6 months for all three. Then they started sitting better on their own, and POOF, barfing gone.

You DO get used to it after awhile, and you also get good at pointing him away from things like keyboards and nice upholstry etc!

Kayte
14 years ago

Matthew was doing the erupting type of spitting up the first few weeks. I changed nipples on the bottles to ones that had the smallest hole possible and that took care of it. Apparently when the baby is an aggressive type eater…fast and hard at it…the larger hole was causing a lot of air and too much liquid at a time. Every child is different…but that was what worked in our case with this child. Good luck. He is such a darling little baby…very cute.

Caroline Bingham
14 years ago

Ey-yi-yi. Been there, done that.

Request a pyloric ultrasound. He might have pyloric stenosis. (It doesn’t show up until a few weeks after your baby is born but it causes LOTS of spit-up!) The only sucky part is that your sweet baby will have to fast a little bit before the ultrasound…. But if it IS the cause, there’s a super simple surgery to fix it. :)

Anyways. Call your doctor and tell him you want a pyloric ultrasound, just to be safe. (Even if he doesn’t think Dylan needs it, it’ll ease your mind.)

Meredith
Meredith
14 years ago

My kid spit up MORE when we fed him the sensitive tummy formula. There medication you can mix with the formula, though it was expensive (by my standards). Eventually we started adding a drop of the Mylecon to each bottle. My dietician said it shouldn’t hurt since its just silicon but it might ease the tension in his stomach.

gabby
gabby
14 years ago

My baby was the same. No allergies, no intolerances, nothing wrong. He just…threw up. Everyday of his life until he was on solids. And then it lessened. Until he was a year and then he stopped completely. Drinks milk and eats like a champ and HUGE for his age.

Sorry to say, sometimes babies just…throw up. I hope it passes soon, but if not you have nothing by sympathy from me!

Dawn
Dawn
14 years ago

My daughter was a spitter upper, projectile vomitter and a fuss bucket of a baby. We tried a lot of different formulas and ended up sticking with Nutramigin. It didn’t cure her but there was a definate improvement. Her doctor never seemed concerned because her weight gain was fine. I on the other hand, was not fine. I just wanted her to get some restful sleep, feel good, be happy and quit soiling everything in a ten mile radius. I was almost afraid to take her anywhere – It was that bad. Her doctor finally prescribed levsin and the improvement was almost immediate. She started sleeping through the night and her stomach ailments practically vanished. We eventually weened her of the medication. For the past few years (she’s now ten)she’s had issues with reflux and takes Prevacid to keep it under control. Of course, I now wonder it that wasn’t the problem all along. Anyway, good luck with Dylan and his adorable and ginormous feet. I bet it was uncomfortable getting kicked with those bad boys!!!

Allison
Allison
14 years ago

ugh. My 7 month old does this too. There is nothing much that really helps him. But everything I wear has a telltale puke spot on it. If you don’t Shout that spot quickly, your screwed.

Christina
14 years ago

Gah, I hear you! We call the kid Nathan-eruptious. I double up on the clothes, two t-shirts under his outfit and a bib on top. Its faster/easier to remove layers and replace the top one or two than do full on wardrobe changes. Plus, if Dylan freaks with the shirt over his head this helps that, too.
Probably a no brainer but its what we do.

I would pay you to nibble on those feet, and his neck. Love the necks, the way they scrunch up like it tickles. *swoon*

Chelle
14 years ago

My son puked from day one. The doctor blamed it on an immature esophagus and assured me that he would grow out of it. He did at about six months or so.

In the meantime, we kept cloth diaper on hand and resigned ourselves to the idea that we would be swabbing the decks for the duration.

As an aside, the day we had the child babtised, he managed to hurl on our priest in the most impressive way.

Exorcism, anyone?

samantha jo campen
14 years ago

Oh no I’m so sorry. I have no advice for you, but I have sympathy!

Also, I’m adding about 50 bajillion gallons of Dreft to our baby registry because, well, you never know!

kristylynne
kristylynne
14 years ago

Maybe try feeding him a bit less each time, doing smaller feedings a little more often? My newborn would throw up what seemed like his entire feeding until I realized that he had no idea when he was full and would just keep sucking and sucking until he could suck no more, and then he’d barf up whatever wouldn’t fit in his tiny tummy.

Jenn D
14 years ago

Hi there!

I didn’t read through all the comments, cause I’m lazy, so it’s entirely possible someone has already suggested this.

My second baby was/is a puker, though at 8 months it seems to have slowed down quite a bit. We found that just switching her from powdered formula to the concentrate helped immensely. I don’t know if we were shaking the bottles a little too vigorously and getting lots of air bubbles in there or what. It also helped with her colic, which was an immense relief.

My mother in law told me that she had to follow my husband around with a burp cloth until he was about 14 months old. Ick.

andrea
14 years ago

My son was like a volcano, I could never understand where all that liquid came from as it easily seemed to be twice the amount of any feeding that would come back up. It turned out he was lactose intolerant and so we had to switch him to Alimentium (ungodly expensive) and I had to cut dairy out of my diet since I was also breastfeeding (pain in my ass). It seemed to help quite a bit, but we still got puked on daily until he was about 6 months old.

Jamie
14 years ago

Ugh, my son was a puker. Still is at two and a half. He was breast fed and I cut out dairy in my diet and it seemed to help. Maybe a soy formula would help Dylan? My son was the worst burper in that he wouldn’t burp at all, which was probably contributing to the problem as well.

Sleepynita
14 years ago

My son puked up until he started solid foods – he was breastfed and supplemented with formula. It made me wish I was one of those moms who fed their kid cereal at a month old, he would have kept much more food down. :)

I also found moving from the Nestle Good Start with the AHA Acids to regular Good Start (with no fancy shit added in) really stopped the puking up. His pediatrician recommend the switch, she said sometimes all those extras you pay a ton for just add to stomach discomfort. The puking went down to once a day (from like eleventy-jillion).

Heather
Heather
14 years ago

My kids weren’t spitters, but my son cried from 6 am to 11 pm every single day until he was 9 months old. Didn’t sleep through the night til he was 2 1/2 YEARS. (The Dr. officially labeled him a Mother Killer. He wasn’t far off.) Anyhoo, we tried some of the more spendy formulas on him (I had eliminated so many foods from my diet that my milk was horrible and he quit nursing cold turkey. OW!) and that reminded me of this: ask your Doctor for samples of the different formulas. Our pediatrician used to give it to us by the caseload because people didn’t usually ask for it (and in Utah, the baby capital of the country!) Might save you some bucks as you try the different varieties. (Sorry for the parenthesis-heavy entry.)

Alyson
Alyson
14 years ago

My mom says she could time my sister down to the minute when she would puke it all back up. This lasted YEARS for my sister (or is that my mother?). Not lactose intolerant, just a very nervous child. They would probably have a proper medical diagnosis for this now, but this was 50 years ago (HA HA Bev, you will ALWAYS be older than me!) Hubby and a couple of the boys have sensitive stomachs. But if Doctor doesn’t worry, I wouldn’t. Have you considered getting your entire house covered in Rhino-lining?