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.

Page may be printed or reproduced for personal use of families, as long as copyright and Crying Over Spilt Milk‘s URL are included. It may not be copied to other websites or publications without permission and acknowledgement. This information (unedited) was also provided (by GRASP) to health professionals in New Zealand to use “to continue to support and inform families with babies/children with Gastro-oesophageal Reflux.”

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