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My son used to spit up alot too (gassy all of the time also) and it seemed that everything that went into him seemed to come out (he was not quite a month old). I took him to the doctor who checked him for dehydration and weighed him. I was a little concerned about his weight because he hadn't gained from the last time I had him there, which was about a week earlier for a check-up. The doctor told me to feed him less in between burps. He said to give him 1/2 an oz then burp him for 15min. I thought he was crazy as my son was already up to 4oz of formula and if I fed him like that it would take me two hours to feed him! The doctor also said that if he was still like that in a couple of weeks he would refer me to a pediatrition. The doctor wasn't too worried because, although I said he was throwing up the whole bottle, he wasn't projectile vomiting.

I took my son home, but became even more concerned when he threw up what seemed to be the entire bottle even though I was burping him more often. The next feeding only got worse as I usually fed him on demand every four hours and he never woke up for it. I got him up and tried to give him the bottle but he would not take it and he seemed lethargic. My husband and I decided to take him to the emergency room of a larger city hospitalat about 1 am. We were sent to an examination room where they took him for x-rays and admitted him on the hunch that he had pyloric stenosis, a narrowing of the part of the stomach that leads to the small intestine (apparently this happens quite frequently in the hospital and the surgery for it is considered minor and routine).

He was admitted to the hospital at around 5am. I don't think anyone took us seriously at first as a volunteer at the hospital was so proud to hand me over my son, who had just downed an entire bottle and kept it down, only to have him throw up the entire thing on her during the hand off!

An ultrasound was done to confirm the diagnoses and the next couple of days were spent getting him rehydrated enough to undergo surgery. He was so dehydrated that it took them SEVERAL tries to get an IV started. We could not leave him alone for fear of him throwing up and choking on it as he had done this several times on route to the hospital and while in the crib there.

When he was finally hydrated he was sent to surgery to open the blockage. The doctor told us that the opening from the stomach to the intestine had been almost completely blocked and that everything had gone well. During the next couple of days he was monitored to see how he was feeding and we ended up staying and extra day because they wanted him to be drinking a certain amount of formula before he went home.

He continued to spit up at almost every burp but it was very small amounts and he has continued to grow like a weed ever since! He is now 8 and has a 1&1/2" scar on his stomach that he asks about once in awhile and is perfectly healthy.

My daughter also threw up alot of formula when she was an infant and even up to about 18 months of age. I could not burp her without a blanket or bib under her chin and a box of kleenex because she would spit up at every burp and you would have to clean it off of the bib before you could continue feeding her! After she started eating solids (and crawling) she would spit up several times after a meal or drink (and I had the carpet to prove it)! I never took her to a doctor over it as she always gained weight and wasn't throwing up to the extent my son was. I had read that sometimes the opening from the stomach can narrow, but not enough to keep food from passing and that if not treated it could correct itself by about 18 mths of age. I really didn't want to risk the doctor wanting to do surgery, just to be on the safe side, when it really wasn't interfering with her health. She is now five and weighs about the same as her brother was at that age although she is a little taller.

I'm not saying that this is what your daughter has, and even if it is it may not be enough of a problem to require surgery, but it is something to look at.

Good luck to you and your daughter.

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