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My breast shot milk straight up my babies nose when she pulled away during feeding. Could this introduce bacteria into her brain or harm her in anyway?

My breast shot milk straight up my babies nose when she pulled away during feeding. Could this introduce bacteria into her brain or harm her in anyway?

Not to worry!: Breast milk will not harm your baby when introduced to the nose. In fact, most babies have some degree of reflux in which milk or formula is frequently ejected up into the nose. Read more

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Is it common for the newly born babies to have milk coming out through the nose during their sleep?

Is it common for the newly born babies to have milk coming out through the nose during their sleep?

Yes: It is common for babies to spit up with feedings and/or with a change of position. Having it come out the nose is common. As long as baby is growing normally, is urinating frequently and having regular bowel movements, is content and is not having significant color change or any difficulty breathing, not to worry. Make sure to discuss it with your pediatrician at your next checkup. Read more

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I was feeding my baby and she started dripping milk from her nose. Is this normal?

I was feeding my baby and she started dripping milk from her nose. Is this normal?

Usually ok: As the mouth and nose share common areas in the back of the throat, milk given in the mouth can come out of the nose. This usually happens with spitting up, coughing, sneezing but may happen with more significant problems like reflux or a fistula. If this always occurs, baby is in pain or turns blue, then you should definitely have your baby seen asap. Read more

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My baby is 9 months old and has just started to drip milk from her nose as she feeds from my breast. Should I be concerned?

My baby is 9 months old and has just started to drip milk from her nose as she feeds from my breast. Should I be concerned?

Can be normal: Nasal regurgitation of milk can be a normal process, especially in infants. It is seen in forceful ejection of milk from stomach, like in reflux. Results in mostly some nasal congestion and noisy breathing.
Some conditions associated or predisposing to it are 1) overfeeding 2)Prematurity 3)GERD 4) Low tone in esophagus of hypotonic babies 5) Submucous / total cleft in palate or roof of mouth. Read more

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My baby is a week n a day old, n when i'ma done feeding in burping him milk come out though nose is this something I need to take him to doctor for?

My baby is a week n a day old, n when i'ma done feeding in burping him milk come out though nose is this something I need to take him to doctor for?

Wet burps: As gross as it is this can happen in infants & results more from the force of their wet burps than anything wrong. Babies have no sense of social awareness & are not aware that such a maneuver grosses us out. They are fully capable of doing this anytime. If the kid is willing to eat again within 10-15 min you can be assured they are not sickly. Read more

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My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down. It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down. It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

Acid reflux vs other: This could be acid reflux which is common in infants. Reflux usually causes vomiting through the mouth or nose after feedings, with abrupt position change, or when pressure is placed on the abdomen. The severity of reflux varies. Projectile vomiting, green vomit, weight loss and lethargy are concerning for more serious GI issues and should be evaluated immediately. Read more

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My 5 mos old son sometimes leak some fluid (milk) out of his nose after a feed. (mixed feeding). What should I do?

My 5 mos old son sometimes leak some fluid (milk) out of his nose after a feed. (mixed feeding). What should I do?

Spitting up?: If a baby is spitting up, it is common to have mild come out of the nose as well as the mouth. If there is a lot of spit up, your baby might have reflux. Make sure your baby is not over feeding and is burping well. There are also bottles that help with spitting up. A slower flow nipple for the bottle can sometimes help. Talk with your baby's doctor if it persists. Read more

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What would cause milk to come out my baby nose?

What would cause milk to come out my baby nose?

It's all connected: The mouth and nose are connected. When you choke or vomit, fluids can come up your throat into your mouth, or into your nose. Babies tend to be lying down so gravity does not keep the fluid in their mouth as it might with older children and adults. Also, babies may not have as much control of their oral muscles. It's not really unusual. Read more

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What does it mean when ur baby have milk coming out their nose (4wks old)?

What does it mean when ur baby have milk coming out their nose (4wks old)?

Wet burp: This means nothing more than baby brought material from the stomach up through their nose. It is the equivalent of a wet burp and exceedingly common in infants. Read more

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Hi, breastfeeding my 1 month old baby vomits large amount of curdled milk once in two days comes out by his nose too. Can I use domstal or benadon?

Hi, breastfeeding my 1 month old baby vomits large amount of curdled milk once in two days comes out by his nose too. Can I use domstal or benadon?

No, would not use.: Those medications would not be recommended for a 1 month old baby. You should see your baby's doctor to make sure there is not a structural intestinal problem. You should also make sure that your baby is gaining weight well when you go. If your nipples are cracked and If your baby is swallowing blood from that, that could make him vomit. Read more

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Am I lactose intolerant? If I drink milk eat ice cream or something like that I can't breathe through my nose and get sick. Why is this? Cheese is ok

Possible allergy: Nasal congestion is not a typical symptom for lactose intolerance. Rather, it fits better with an allergic reaction to milk protein. Lactose intolerance is the result of an inability to digest the sugar lactose. The consequence is excess gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort or pain. Read more

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Is it safe to drop mother milk after a child stops running nose instead of using saline drops as saline drops make the nose dry.

Is it safe to drop mother milk after a child stops running nose instead of using saline drops as saline drops make the nose dry.

Sure: Sure this is safe, breast milk will not harm your child in any way. If you were putting this just around the outside of the nose where it is irritated, then this might not be a bad idea, since breastmilk has such healing properties. I would not squirt the stuff up his nose. Can you remember the last time you laughed really hard while drinking milk and had milk come out your nose? Not helpful Read more

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My 9-month baby starts to cough with some phlegm for an hour after her 1st bottle of milk. Also a bit of stuffy nose. No other sympton of flu. What2d?

My 9-month baby starts to cough with some phlegm for an hour after her 1st bottle of milk. Also a bit of stuffy nose. No other sympton of flu. What2d?

Happy baby or not?: If a baby always coughs after eating or drinking, he may have some reflux problem. If a baby is normally fine, with no cough, then a little stuffy or runny nose is usually a cold. Sometimes it can be allergies, and it can also be a strep throat. A happy baby with slight symptoms can be watched a couple of days, and then see the doctor if not all well. The doctor might then do a strep throat test. Read more

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Why can't we feed babies anything except milk until they are 6-months-old?

Why can't we feed babies anything except milk until they are 6-months-old?

? can't?: The best advise in the 40's to 60's included early infant solids to make up for deficiencies in home made bovine milk formula. (great for cows) This changed when moms went back to breast feeding and formulas were better designed for human use. No-one will jail you for early feeds, but it doesn't improve babies diet, sleep, or growth. Waiting until they sit is better for their developmental needs. Read more

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If infant pukes up breast milk should you feed them again?

If infant pukes up breast milk should you feed them again?

Most of the time yes: Infants often normally reflux small amounts of milk after feeding, while burping, with motion or for no reason at all. They then can be hungry again very soon, and you can go ahead and feed them. But if the amount is unusually large or frequent, or their urine is dark, see your doctor asap. Read more

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Why would an infant start vomiting after feeding on the mother's milk?

Why would an infant start vomiting after feeding on the mother's milk?

Infant vomiting: Causes include: a. Overfeeding - Breast milk production is based upon demand and if the breast is used as pacifier it can produce so much milk a baby will overfeed and vomit. B. GERD - if the baby is fussy and wanting to be fed a lot and vomits more, acid reflux can be the cause. C. Obstruction - yellow vomiting if present requires a doctor visit soon, as something is wrong. D. Normal Read more

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Is it alright for small babies to feed on goat milk, if they are not being breast fed?

Is it alright for small babies to feed on goat milk, if they are not being breast fed?

Not necessarily: Goat milk is deficient in many of the nutrients that human infants need for proper growth and development. Folate (folic acid) is one of the items it lacks & some commercial goat milks have added this to their product to improve if for human consumption. There are at least a dozen formulas available that provide balanced nutrition for infants. Certainly one will be adequate for any infant. Read more

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What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

What are the stool's characteristics of a 3month old infant who is on a 100% milk formula feeding?

Varies some: Most develop regular stooling at a frequency of 1 or more daily. Color varies through shades of green to yellow to brown. Read more