Spilly/Vomiting Baby – Ideas from Parents

Have you tried…

  • Using loose clothing or removing waist elastic from clothing (e.g. over naps, crawlers) for less pressure on baby’s stomach? Braces, stretch’n’grows etc. can be used to keep clothing up.

  • Small, frequent feeds? Some breastfeeding mums find it beneficial to feed one side only each feed.

  • Avoiding ‘bouncing’?

  • Thickening feeds with Karicare Food Thickener?  (Only if pain from gastric reflux is controlled.  See “Managing GORD” document for details.) There are also a variety of pre-thickened formulas available for bottle-fed babies: – Karicare Aptamil AR, S-26 AR, (the ‘AR’ stands for ‘anti-reflux’).

  • Breastfeeding mums may like to try a ‘dairy free’ diet, bottle-feeding mums may like to try alternative formulas (e.g. Goat’s milk, Soya, hypoallergenic – see “Managing GORD” document for guidelines or phone Nutricia on 0800 258 268 to speak to a Dietician).

  • Raise the head of baby’s bassinet/cot and changing surface to 30 degrees. Raise the whole cot/bassinet rather than putting something under the mattress. Put feet at the end of the bed or use safe-t-sleep to keep face clear of covers.

  • Dressing baby behind a bib?

  • Pacifier/dummy like NUK brown rubber teat (this is only an option if LMC and Parents are comfortable with it). Sucking gives comfort but feeding continuously may exacerbate or encourage more GR episodes so this is where a dummy can be a helpful tool.

  • Using disposable nappies (may reduce pressure on stomach, but also means less washing for you!)?

  • Keeping an ice cream/margarine container handy to catch vomit? Some parents manage to do this quite well!

  • A cloth/sheet over the feeding chair?

  • Scotch guarding furniture? (Beware – some medications can stain if vomited up by the baby).

  • Baking soda for removing vomit stains from carpet, clothing etc? If the patch is still damp, simply sprinkle on a thick layer of baking soda, wait a couple of hours and vacuum it off. If it is an old stain, dampen the stain first and then proceed as above. The good thing about baking soda is that it is cheap, readily available, and it will also take the smell away!

  • Using a hard plastic bib with trough to catch the spills?

  • Feeding on a cleanable floor or perhaps on grass or in the bath for a change?

  • Sewing a piece of plastic between two old towels to place on your lap while feeding as personal protection? Also, a square of towelling lined with plastic is a good puddle mat to lie baby on at home or while visiting.

  • Putting a washable mat down in the playpen?

  • Highchairs with large removable plastic trays are handy to empty and clean if the baby has vomited?

  • Can you afford a cleaning person or nappy service?

© Gastric Reflux Association for the Support of Parents/babies (GRASP) and Crying Over Spilt Milk Gastric Reflux Support Network New Zealand for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust (GRSNNZ) 2004. Used and edited by GRSNNZ with permission.  Updated May 2014 by Roslyn Ballantyne (RN), National Coordinator, Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust.

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  • A question please -my daughter has twin girls aged 3 weeks.They were premature born at 35 weeks 3 days.One of them is fine breastfed and sleep.However the other one grunts and groans,pulls her legs up and sometimes cries after each feed.She does not settle well at all.Could this be reflux or what.I know it's early days but my daughter is exhausted!!Any suggestions would be great.Thanks

  • I have a question for mothers who have tried feed thickner. Can constipation occur when using this? I have checked the karicare website but does not state any side effects.

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  • My 10 week old son is in starship due to heart condition. His omeprizol has just been doubled to try and ease his discomfort with reflux. He is now on twice daily but a nurse said she had heard it was more effective given as a single dose? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a single dose? Sometimes the doctors listen to me and sometimes they dont so id need to have my facts straight if wanting them to change it. He has his omeproxol via ng and gaviscon mixed with pepti junior

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  • My baby is 10weeks (5weeks corrected) and can not sleep on her back at all since this has her coughing and spluttering when not just straight up projectile vomiting. It seems to be worse now she is on thickened formula (alongside omaprozole) esp at night it's like she can't actually spit up the feed anymore (or multiple hours later) as its thicker and therefore she stays choking on it. Does anyone have any nighttime tips it scares me

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  • Hi everyone. I have my second reflux baby (lucky me). She's nine weeks old, spills at least four times per feed, enough to warrant a full change of clothes! She's been on omeprazole (cot also raised) since 5 weeks of age and she's a lovely settled baby now. But, my question for you other parents is how do you handle night feeds? Keely will be lovely relaxed and settled, even asleep and then the spilling starts when she's back in bed. This keeps us up for an hour post feed including changing clothes, cloths under her head etc and of course re settling an over tired baby. I'm a bit rusty. What sort of night feed routine do you follow?

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  • Hi all! I surely hope that some one can help me... My firstborn had Reflux, but mildly, he grew up with Lactogen. He's 6 now and very healthly... My second child is now 14weeks, i started him with lactogen, but he vomits ALOT! Went for tests confirming he has severe acid reflux, doc put him on Novalac AR with Iberogast drops. It went ok, he gained weight..but stil vomits alot, and i've noticed that the milk he vomits, is not thickening.. At 10w injections he was 4.8kg.. Now at 14w he is 4.7kg... The sister sugested giving Infacare AR... Thus far he had 2 bottles, little milk coming up, but lots of acid... Anyone have any insight??

  • There are a couple of new posts to the page. Thank you to those who have already answered. Sorry, I seem to be only randomly getting notifications from Facebook at the moment. Also I apologise for the continued spamming of our page. GRSNNZ will personally share any groups/individuals adverts or posts that they are happy to have posted here - this will mean that we have checked the information on the Governance of the Organisation, Source of Information or relevant NZ Health or Nutrition Qualification etc. - or otherwise we will comment on the post to show we have approved it. I would also like to thank those who have approached us asking for permission to do this. Roslyn Ballantyne, National Coordinator, Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ