Solids...again *Updated*

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Solids...again *Updated*

Ok. So I posted a week and half ago or so about Lainey not being interested in solids. We thought it might just be the sweet potatoes, so we waited a few days and switched to pears. She was slightly more interested in them. We give solids once a day, at dinner time. Usually she just eats a few bites, as she still isn't very interested (she shows every sign of actually being ready for solids, except for when she's "eating" them. She watches us, reaches for our food, etc but then if we give her something she usually just sits there and waits until it drools out of her mouth) but we're trying to give her some experience.

My question: When feeding your babies solids, have any of them ever vomited? In the week since we've been doing solids, this has happened twice. Once with sweet potatoes, and then tonight with pears (and OMG, the vomit. I had no idea she even had that much fluid in her little body). Obviously she's telling us she's not ready. But do you think overactive gag reflex, or allergy? We have a history of food allergy in our family (DD1) so we're cautious of this. But the only symptom she's presenting is vomiting.

*Updated*
So she's continued to vomit since the episode while eating pears. She vomited about 7 times in 24 hours and one time stopped breathing temporarily while choking on her vomit. We ended up calling the pedi on call who recommended taking her to the ER just to be checked out (because of course it happened at one in the morning). They gave her meds to stop the vomiting and we're supposed to follow up with the pedi. Scary!

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Teagan did that once in the beginning. I gave her a tiny piece of banana and she immediately projectile vomited all over the place. It scared the bejeezus outta me and I felt terrible. I'm certain that it's a sensitive gag reflex rather than an allergy because she's otherwise fine with bananas and she's also projectile vomited when she's snorted a little boogers and 3 times now when we're trying to give her her antibiotics. She also gags occasionally on her purees. It's not an allergy if it happens immediately (like when the food is still in her mouth).

Teagan has started refusing the spoon. Maybe she's turned off by the lack of control and subsequent gagging. We've started down the baby led weaning path today. I gave her some organic puffed Kamut. It's a grain related to wheat. So, it's not recommended to introduce it before 1 year in families with wheat allergies. I chose it because it's bigger than puffed rice (so easier for her to handle) and the only ingredient is puffed Kamut. I looked at those baby puffs and was disappointed to see a really long list of ingredients (including sweetening agents, why?!). I gave her a handful and she went to town. I'd say she ate maybe 5 but she had a blast. She kinda sucks/chews them until they melt in her mouth. I then gave her some banana spears and she nommed them. All in all, she did really well.

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Thank you, that makes me feel better. Smile I was leaning toward gag reflex as well, but the food allergies with DD1 have me hyper alert. I think we're just going back to BFing for another month and forget the purees for now. It seems to me she's going to be a good candidate for baby led weaning.

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That sounds like a great plan to me. I would definitely have put off solids and stuck with EBFing if she would take a darn bottle. Up until last week she was eating her purees at day care really well. It made everyone happier and she seemed to enjoy it. Out of no where, last Thursday, she refused her solids at day care (pears too, she loves pears!) and she took 2 ounces from a bottle! Now that she's 6 months and solids approved, she takes a bottle. What a little stinker, huh?

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Ronin hasn't vomited, though he has gagged, mainly because he lunges at the spoon with his mouth whilst grabbing my hand and shoving the spoon as far down his thraost as possible. Could it be the spoon just setting off a sensitive gag reflex? Maybe trying soft pieces of whatever food you are trying for her to self feed, it's much messier I know, but might help eliminate if it's a food issue or a spoon/gag reflex issue.

And because I didn't hit refresh I missed the whole conversation before this post, so feel free to ignore it because it's all been said prior Smile

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How scary, KUP on how she's doing. I hope you get some sleep and she starts feeling better. Poor baby!

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How scary! :grouphug:

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Thanks everyone. It was terrifying. She looked completely lifeless, like a frozen doll. Luckily DH deals with crisis every day for his job (counselor and case manager for severely mentally ill) so he stayed remarkably calm and did infant CPR back blows until she was able to clear it out and start breathing regularly again. After she started breathing again I broke down and was crying and shaking.

Today she's doing better and so far no more vomiting. Thankfully she has continued to nurse well. She's such a little trooper.

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Oh my goodness! How scary! Did they give you any insight as to what caused the vomiting? I wonder if the incidence with the pears was just a coincidence and she's really got a stomach bug. Poor little lady. I hope she feels better soon!

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I would have FREAKED out. I'm glad she is okay, incredibly glad, and way to go DH for being grounded during such a scary event. *hugs*

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Oh my goodness! How scary! Did they give you any insight as to what caused the vomiting? I wonder if the incidence with the pears was just a coincidence and she's really got a stomach bug. Poor little lady. I hope she feels better soon!

They think she choked on her vomit. They did an xray so we know she didn't aspirate any though.

That's what I'm wondering, too - if the pears/vomit episode was just a coincidence and it is actually a virus. Regardless, it's going to be a while before I feel confident enough to give her solids again!

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Oh no. I hope she's ok

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oh jeez i would have freaked. and out of the two of us, i am the calm one!

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OMG, how scary! I would have totally freaked out too! I'm glad she's okay!

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That is scary! I'm glad your Dh is a calm one. I hope she feels better soon and its just a bug that has nothing to do with the pears.

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How soon does she vomit after she eats?
Has she had rice cereal?

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I came back to this because I didn't have the time to properly reply before.
Please check out this link and see if it sounds like what you might be dealing with.
The excessive vomiting (possibly to the point of shock?) sounds way too familiar to me. Sad
http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=99

Also, I am part of an FPIES support group, and it seems relatively common for older siblings of FPIES kids to have IgE allergies.

Vomiting from gagging is one thing, but the continual vomiting, especially after presence of a common food each time seems a little more suspicious.

I guess I should add that my middle daughter, Ella, has FPIES. I don't want to be that paranoid person that thinks every kid that vomits after they eat has FPIES (AND I just wrote about FPIES in Kitty's post too!), but seriously, it took me 3 months and countless doctors to get a diagnosis, and I want to save others from suffering through that!

Please KUP!