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Posted by: New Mom | 2007/02/20

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Newborn Vomiting

Please help - my baby girl was born on Friday morning a healthy weight of 3.9kgs and a 10/10 Apgar score. She drank well on Friday - 3 bottles of 25 mils but during her Friday night feeds she started vomiting up some of her feeds. This got worse on Saturday morning so they drew blood and did tests - a slight infection was detected CRP count of 4 and high white blood cell count. She was immediately admitted to the neo natal ward and put on an antibiotic drip and fed only 10mls every 3 hours the first day, 20 mls the second day and last night up to 40 mls without any vomiting (alternating between an IVF feed and a bottle feed). Today they put her volume up to 73 mls but she would only take 30mls from the bottle then stop sucking so they gave the rest via her nose IVF feed and she started vomiting again ...Now she is back on a normal glucose drip with oral antibiotics via her bottle and they have reduced her feed volume again. I feel like we have gone backwards instead of forwards in making progress and no idea what is causing her to still vomit after 3 days on antibiotics. They redid blood tests this morning and CRP remained at 4 and im not sure about the white cell count. Do you think I have reason to be concerned about the way the paediatrician is handling this case should he not be testing for a reflux problem or soemthing like that?? I feel so helpless and need a second opinion as it is so traumatic for us to go through this and still not have our baby home. thanks.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Vomiting in a newborn is always a cause for concern. You are correct it is essential to see if your baby has a problem with the anatomy of her bowel and this must be investigated.A very common cause of vomiting like you describe is intestinal atresia. Speak to your paediatrician if she has not settled down.

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Posted by: minnie | 2007/02/21

I had the same when our baby was born and she is now almost 8 months old and still vomiting as she was diagnosed with gastro reflux which is really irritating and in the next month or so can be quite sore for her. Now it is just irritating and I have to still keep wiping up puke - good luck

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