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She has started projectile vomiting mainly in the evenings after her last bottle

Hi Glenda
I have a 7 1/2 month old daughter, the last few days she has started projectile vomiting mainly in the evenings after her last bottle feed. She has been on the same formula since my milk dried up 6 weeks ago and has handled it fine up to now. I am not quite sure what could be causing it, her diet hasn`t changed at all, but she has had a cold for the last week or so and has also started waking up during the night. I was thinking it might be mucus making her vomit or formula. would really appreciate some advice.

Glend...
Answer: Hi, Thanks for your question. I think that it is always best for parents to talk to the doctor whenever they have concerns and so I would recommend you do that. You don’t mention whether your daughter suffers from reflux or not, so I’m not sure if that has ever been a factor. If your daughter does have reflux, or has been diagnosed with reflux in the past, then it is quite possible the cold she has is flaring it. Parents often report colds or other illnesses make their child’s reflux worse (as well as factors such as vaccinations, teething, crawling, constipation, being overtired or out of routine). Of course the cold itself (and all the mucous) could be causing the vomiting as well, so it’s not necessarily easy to determine what the problem is. Sometimes reflux can show signs similar to a cold – snuffling, runny nose etc, and so if she does have reflux, it’s possible this is another sign. Formula can sometimes cause problems as well, and I wouldn’t discount that possibility. Have you ever had any problems before you started formula feeding? Did you ever need to avoid particular foods or make any changes to your own diet? If you do suspect the formula could be responsible, your doctor may be able to advise you about changing formulas. Whatever the problem is, whether the vomiting (and night waking) is caused by a cold, reflux, formula, or something else entirely, I hope you can work out what is going on and your daughter feels better soon. Please trust your instincts, and always talk to your doctor if you ever have any concerns. Glenda For RISA Inc
Answered: 01 Jul 2009