Reflux or Allergy?

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Reflux or Allergy?

Ok I know a lot of you mamas have gone through this and I'm wondering if my LO is having some problems as well.
He has always been a spitty baby but sometimes it's worse than other times.
He's always hated laying flat - to sleep, on the playmat, etc.
It doesn't *seem* like he's in pain when he throws up; he fusses a bit probably just because it was a little annoying and he's still hungry.
Ever since this afternoon he has puked up almost everything he's eaten. When I just fed him, every time I sat him up to burp him, he projectiled it all over. Then I fed him a bottle of donor milk (she said she eats little dairy) and just sat him up in my lap and he puked ALL over the floor. I'm really at a loss right now.
My friend whose baby was on reflux meds that didn't really help her said in hind sight she wonders if it was a milk intolerance because her baby who is now 3 has issues with milk.
I called the doctor and am waiting for a call back.
In the meantime I might have to stop eating dairy which really kills me ugg.

Oh, also, the medicine I'm on for milk supply is for reflux and should be getting to him a little bit so that makes me think it's an allergy, not reflux.

Joined: 10/02/11
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Julie is sick..she has a cold. Shes had it since Thursday and since Friday, she projectile vomits at least one bottle a day. Shes been on meds for reflux for weeksand she hasn't had this problem. She also doesn't act like it bothers her.

So..I'd go with allergies if this is new. Julie spits up a little all the time, but I think the vomiting is from being congested.

I did talk to her pedi and she said as long as she's eating and peeing, its fine. Did you talk to yours yet?

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Doctor said he wasn't worried, that babies spit up sometimes haha. They said they could call in a script for Zantac but I said I would pass because I don't think it's reflux.

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I'm in the process of giving up dairy too, but doing a terrible job, lol. The signs seem more like reflux, but if you can tough out giving up dairy for two weeks, it's a good thing to try. Also, are you 100% sure he's throwing it all up? I know often it looks like it's all puked up when it's really just a half ounce or something.

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I think there are times when it's not as much, but yesterday he really did spit up a BUNCH.
I'm trying to give up dairy but it's HARD. I was like: breakfast - well, I can't have cereal so I can have eggs mm with cheese... oops no cheese dang it! I'm still drinking my iced coffee though. And last night I made chicken with a creamy soup which had milk... so I'm not doing to good but I'm going to see if cutting back helps. It may be that I just ate a ton of dairy all at once a couple days ago and he's reacting to it. So far today, no excessive spit up.

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Most of the cases I've known of dairy issues, puking happens more in the one year and up range, where at this age, it seems to more of a poop issue. This is just from the babies I've seen though ... anyone have any different experiences?

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You'd think I would be able to help after all the research I have done. But I feel every time I think I have solved it, some new behavior appears in Henry. Reflux meds don't help my guy from spitting up, but they seem to help him from screaming when he does spit up. The dairy thing, I am just not sure about. In the book I read they say the symptoms are very similar, but sometimes with a milk/soy protein allergy they can have bloody stools and diaper rash as well as a rash on other parts of their body. Henry was getting frequent diaper rash and has broken out on other parts of his body, so I am continuing the no dairy diet for now.

The book breaks down babies into 3 reflux categories, 1) the happy spitter, who just spits a lot and can be annoying for parents to change clothes, 2) the gray zone baby, a baby that screams from spitting up and being put on the back and is general a cranky baby, but loses no weight, and 3) the bundle of misery, babies that scream to no end and can't gain weight.

Sounds like you have a happy spitter, I wouldn't do zantac either. I really wish my lil guys wasn't on all these meds. It might be an allergy since its just now starting. I would keep an eye out for any rashes or unusual poops.

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