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November 1st, 2009, 07:50 PM
Super Mommy
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hi...im new here but am only here because my SO's sons brother who is 5months old is at our house and I am looking after him for week . My question is when i feed him he spits up most of what i fed him. His mom says this is normal(not too reliable here) and told me to mix rice cereal into his formula...i havent done this but she does it at home and the last time we were there he ate and spit it all back up on me again anyways... could he be lactose intolerant?
he is pretty small for a 5month old... maybe 13Ibs...he wears sz 1 diapers and fits 0-3 month stuff still. His mom isnt concerned(long story) but we are . He looks sick and you can feel most of his bone and spine.. any ideas?

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November 1st, 2009, 08:29 PM
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Sounds like reflux to me. Usually lactose sensitivity consists of very bad gas that not even mylicon can get rid of. DD has both problems, so we use a lactose free formula and put rice cereal in her bottle per her doc instructions. But if it's severe reflux usually a medication is needed like prevacid or zantac.

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November 1st, 2009, 11:48 PM
~*~Tracy~*~'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hmmm doesn't sound great...it could be reflux or a lactose intolerance. Not sure if changing the formula would work if you just have him for a week. I wouldn't know what to suggest with the rice cereal in the bottle, whether that advice came from a doctor or the mom's own way of dealing with it. If it's that severe it seems that the doctor would put him on some medication to help with the reflux though...

Tracy, Mom to 4 amazing boys!!

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November 2nd, 2009, 11:04 AM
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i dont think he's been ... they would have found many problems right now with him....its just how she is

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November 8th, 2009, 09:06 PM
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Sounds very similar to what my daughter experienced.

When is the last time he saw the pediatrician? If there was genuine concern for his size, the pediatrician would hopefully be doing something about it.

My daughter used to spit up nearly ALL of her bottles. She had severe acid reflux, and there wasn't much we could do about it at all. Medications did not work, rice didn't work.... the only thing that helped was time. Once she sat up consistently, she slowed down.

Now she eats Enfamil AR, and takes Zantac twice a day.

I suggest sitting him in a Bumbo or highchair to feed him. Or at least sit him upright in your lap.
Give him plenty of time to eat. Give him breaks ever two or three ounces, letting him burp.

Here's some more great info on spitting up:
Spitting Up in Babies -- familydoctor.org
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