My 3-week old baby vomits then passes out and becomes limp immediately for about 1-2 minutes, he has done this 5 times.
We took him to the hospital, but got different answers from different student doctors there, I wanted an experienced one, but my pediatrician was not affiliated with the hospital, so I didn’t have a choice.
When he was released one doc said it was reflux. He also has eosinophilia and docs don’t know why he has it either. Has anyone had this happen or anyone know what it could possibly be, I’m at my wit’s end. Thank you for any help.
Baby Vomiting And Passing Out – Possible Reasons
I would keep persisting with getting good medical advice since your baby is so young. All babies vomit from time to time, and it can look like a lot when it is only a couple of teaspoonful. You didn’t say how much and how frequently your little boy vomits.
Here are some possible reasons why a baby vomits more than what would be considered normal:
Reflux (or GERD) is something babies grow out of, and is basically forceful regurgitation of excess milk, due to the muscle or valve at the entry to the esophagus still being undeveloped.
More frequent burping can help but don’t put the baby over your shoulder as this puts pressure on the tummy and he is more likely to bring up milk rather than air. Usually, your baby’s development is not affected unless your baby has very severe reflux.
You can try small feeds every two hours rather than a big feed all at once and you can also elevate the head of his crib.
Although the loss of consciousness and muscle tone may result from GERD, the situation is quite serious and should be handled professionally.
I do not know what was done for your baby in the hospital and whether the approach was correct or not, but in this case it is better to get a second opinion of an experienced and trusted doctor.
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
EoE is a relatively “new” diagnosis. Babies and children that experience nausea, regurgitation, vomiting, abdominal pain, and a burning feeling similar to acid reflux (heartburn) might have EoE. They may have difficulty swallowing and gag frequently.
Infants with EoE often don’t want to breastfeed or take a bottle, and may frequently spit up and arch the back — a sign of pain.
EoE has many symptoms that are similar to acid reflux, so a doctor will first prescribe medicine for that. These medicines do not help you, so if symptoms persist despite medication, reflux isn’t the cause. It’s estimated that up to 10 percent of children diagnosed with reflux have EoE.
Quite often, the underlying cause of EoE is a food allergy. Milk, eggs, wheat, soy, beef, chicken, potato, and corn are common underlying allergies.
I don’t know if you are breastfeeding or not, but if you are, you could start with eliminating dairy from your diet (but you will need calcium supplements).
If you are bottle-feeding, then you need to get a special formula that is non-dairy and non-soy – babies with this kind of allergy also rarely tolerate soy formulas.
I find nothing about EoE and passing out, though…But since one of the doctors mentioned eosinophilia, adjusting your diet (or your son’s formula) could be worth a try.
Another possibility, though rare is Eosinophilic gastroenteritis. This is a rare disease with similar symptoms as a food allergy – nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain – but without specific foods that can be eliminated.
It is diagnosed with a blood test and an intestinal biopsy and then medicated with steroids.
Good luck getting medical support, it is important you persist to get help and advice as to what is best for your baby. Try not to get too distressed with it all as your little boy will be picking up on your anxiety.
You can check out these two threads with babies that gasp or vomit:
Hope this helps,
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