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My daughter is 6 months old and she keeps spitting up her formula after she drinks it, mostly 1-2 hours after. It comes up like spit up but smells like vomit?

My daughter is 6 months old and she keeps spitting up her formula after she drinks it, mostly 1-2 hours after. It comes up like spit up but smells like vomit?

She may be having: Something called gastroesophageal reflux, which occurs when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus is a little floppy and allows some formula to come back up. Most babies outgrow this eventually and if she is thriving would not need treatment. If the formula is new to her, it could be a formula intolerance. You should discuss this further with her own pediatrician and have her examined there. ...Read more

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I have a 33wk preemie twin that just started spitting up thru her nose. It smells like vomit and she arches back cries& I suction her nose. Reflux?

I have a 33wk preemie twin that just started spitting up thru her nose. It smells like vomit and she arches back cries& I suction her nose. Reflux?

Call your: Pediatrician! Someone should be "on call" OR there are call back hours!
Don't wait until Monday!
Just cautious...that's all
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Runny bum feel like puking after I eat its worse. Throw up little in mouth when sleeping funny pee smell, very gassy tummy feels ill not flu or baby?

Runny bum feel like puking after I eat its worse. Throw up little in mouth when sleeping funny pee smell, very gassy tummy feels ill not flu or baby?

Possibly gall bladde: Problems with your gall bladder can lead to gas, feeling full right away, nausea, and turn your urine dark. However, they don't usually cause an odd smell unless you are having problems with the liver as well.... A bladder infection can also lead to the same symptoms. Get seen soon, and they will likely check your urine and blood after talking to you and examining you. ...Read more

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My son is 3.5 months old. For 2.5 months, he's been spitting up clear hot liquid that smells horrible! He gets very fussy before throwing up. Help?

My son is 3.5 months old. For 2.5 months, he's been spitting up clear hot liquid that smells horrible! He gets very fussy before throwing up. Help?

Reflux: It sounds as if he has reflux or another stomach problem. I suggest you see your friendly doctor. There is help for your child. Happy healing. Good luck. ...Read more

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My babies burp smell like rotten egg he is vomitting and has diarrhea but he has no fever and he is only 6 months old?

My babies burp smell like rotten egg he is vomitting and has diarrhea but he has no fever and he is only 6 months old?

GASTROENTERITIS...: Give him sips of pedialyte for each diarrhea and vomiting. Continue, if breast feeding, if on formula, make it 2/3rd diluted, extra fluid, rice cereal, some yogurt, don't force solid food. Make sure he pees at least 4-6 times/day. If any worsening, check with his pediatrician. ...Read more

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My baby's spit up milk smells bad, could it have been spoiled?

My baby's spit up milk smells bad, could it have been spoiled?

Spoiled milk: Once you mix powder formula it is good for about 2 hours at room temperature and 4 hours in the fridge. When the baby's milk mixes with the stomach enzymes and acid and then comes back up it may appear curdled or have a sour smell. This is normal. Sometimes it helps to keep the baby propped up for about 30 minutes after feeds so he/she will not spit up as much. ...Read more

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Why is my baby spitting up/ vomiting from the nutragimen formula? Just switched him from similac sensitive to this.

Why is my baby spitting up/ vomiting from the nutragimen formula? Just switched him from similac sensitive to this.

Feedingbtechnique: It is possible that she is drinking her formula too quickly. Itshould take 20-30 minutes for her to finish the bottle. You might have to bet another nipple to slow her down. And the other question is, are you burping her frequently? ...Read more

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If my baby seems to have the symptoms of ger- pain with spit up and/or vomit, arching back, should she take zantac (ranitidine)?

If my baby seems to have the symptoms of ger- pain with spit up and/or vomit, arching back, should she take zantac (ranitidine)?

All babies reflux: To get a burp out of a baby you are getting air to reflux from the stomach. All babies also spit up. When the baby seem to have constant irritability & spitting i often try some antacid medicine to see if it helps. Zantac (ranitidine) is one of several that can be used this way. ...Read more

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My 1 month old baby, ebf, has vomited around 6 times today and once spit up blood and once a brown vomit that looked clumpy, what could this be?

My 1 month old baby, ebf, has vomited around 6 times today and once spit up blood and once a brown vomit that looked clumpy, what could this be?

Baby vomiting: At one month of age your baby may have pyloric stenosis the blood you see may be due to his wrenching. The brwn residue maybe old blood. In any case this is an emergency situation and your baby should be seen and evaluated as soon as possible x-rays are definitely in order to rule out any othercausesof obstruction. ...Read more

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My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

My baby is 11 weeks old, acid reflux, similac spit up for 5 weeks now. She has been vomiting curdled milk for 2 weeks now. Help!

It's normal: As soon as milk hits the acid in the stomach it curdles and smells terrible, but if your baby is happy, growing and has soft poops she doesn't need any medicine or a change in formula. It is only when babies are in pain from spitting up that we give antacid medicine and unfortunately it does not stop them from spitting up. Sitting her up for a half hour after she eats and burping well does help. ...Read more

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My 12 day old baby just projectile vommitted. It definitely wasn't spit up, it was vomit. What could be the cause of this?

My 12 day old baby just projectile vommitted. It definitely wasn't spit up, it was vomit. What could be the cause of this?

Eating too much: Babies will vomit if they eat too much, as their stomachs fill, and then their esophagus, and then they vomit. If you are feeding the child more than 2 oz at a feeding decrease it to that level for a few days, then try increasing. If not better, have the child seen. ...Read more

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My 3wk baby pedi told me To put hydrocortisone on her acne. Can this be the cause of constant vomiting and spitting up? Can Colic Calm be too aggressive

No : No, topical hydrocortisone is definitely NOT thr cause of constant vomiting and spitting up. Colic Calm is not a contributor, there is something else going on with your baby. Given this is the weekend and you are concerned about persistent emesis, I would recommend an ER evaluation. We need to get a complete history and physical exam to learn more about the cause of this vomiting. ...Read more

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Why does baby spit up smell like sour milk?

Why does baby spit up smell like sour milk?

Gotta love babies.: Like so many other adorable things babies produce, that sour milk smell is just the normal smell of baby spitup. It's partially digested food/formula/milk mixed with your baby's stomach acid. It doesn't mean the food is going bad. ...Read more

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My baby has vomited/spit up around 5 times since she ate the last time, she also has been coughing after meals, what could this be?

My baby has vomited/spit up around 5 times since she ate the last time, she also has been coughing after meals, what could this be?

Reflux: Several things come to mind- ge reflux, formula intolerance or dairy intolerance if breastfeeding. Many questions would need to be asked before definitive answer- how old, did it just start, how frequently is she burped, etc. ...Read more

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My 10 month old son's stools smelled of vomit after I tried him with baby greek style yogurt. Does this mean he isn't ready for yogurt? I read that this smell in stools can be indicative of celiac disease so it's a little worrying. He is otherwise fine an

My 10 month old son's stools smelled of vomit after I tried him with baby greek style yogurt. Does this mean he isn't ready for yogurt? I read that this smell in stools can be indicative of celiac disease so it's a little worrying. He is otherwise fine an

Healthy?: If he is healthy otherwise, you need not be concerned. If you don't like the odor of the stool from the yogurt, then you should stop feeding this to him since this is not an essential food. Celiac is related to gluten which is not present in yogurt (unless certain cereal is added). ...Read more

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