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5 months and sick?

My daughter is 5 months old and she is very congested. When she eats her formula all she does is throws up. Is it possible that the milk in the formula is making her produce more mucus? Should I try soy formula instead?


Asked by Anonymous at 3:21 PM on Aug. 26, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You may want to take her in.
    It could be the start of an infection.

    Answer by Princessofscots at 4:08 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • I wouldn't switch her formula. Get a humidifier to have in her room. Try sitting in the bathroom with the hot shower running, the steam will help to break some of that mucus up. And before you feed her use a bulb syringe and suck her nose out the best you can. This usually helps.

    Answer by ajw1980 at 3:27 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • Don't switch formulas, you don't want to take the chance of an upset stomach on top of her cold.

    It's an old wives tale that milk produces mucous. What happens is that in some kids, the molecules of the milk adhere to the mucous molecules and makes it seem like more.

    She's probably throwing up because she has so much mucous in her stomach it's full all ready. Cut back on how much you feed at once and feed her a little more often.

    Use saline nose drops at each diaper change and suction if you can see mucous.
    Keep her head elevated.
    Run a humidifier in her room.
    Steam her in the bathroom once a day and suction her out.
    Give her some Tylenol for discomfort.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 3:28 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • OP here-

    I have used the bulb syringe and saline nose drops it only helps for about an hour.
    I tried putting her in the bathroom with me it didnt help at all.
    I give her Tylenol every 4-6 hours she gets less fussy.
    I use baby vicks on her and she still very congested.

    She was eating 6 oz every 5 hours now shes only eating 2-3.


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:38 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

  • milk producing more mucus is a myth and has been proved...dont change the formula but it would be good to call the doctor and ask their opinion.

    Answer by abbys_mommy0320 at 7:31 PM on Aug. 26, 2009

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