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Question: 5 week old with projectile vomiting

 newmom1128 - Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:12 pm

How normal is it for a 5 week old infant diagnosed with reflux to have projectile/forceful vomiting a couple of times per week despite tx with ranitidine/Zantac ??
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:58 pm

User avatar Hello,
I assume your baby is keeping down feedings well enough to be gaining weight. There is a concern about pyloric stenosis which can result in projectile vomiting and usually requires surgical intervention so you should report to your pediatrician or family doctor that this is occurring. The medications can help the acid which causes pain and can damage the esophagus with reflux but it won't solve the underlying problem if your baby has this defect. Even the sphincter at the top of the stomach can be quite weak with babies and they usually outgrow this so the medication won't cure it; just help reduce the damage while the baby's body matures.

Good luck. I know this is very frustrating for a new mom. Please monitor the baby's weight if you haven't already been doing this and see the doctor about your concerns.

Best wishes.

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