Delivery was quite difficult for C and me. He was face-up and got stuck, resulting in an emergency c-section. After we got C home, we noticed that every time we lifted his legs to change his diaper, he screamed and cried. Something wasn’t right.
We Googled a pediatric chiropractor and found an awesome practice in our town. Our chiropractor is super nice and works with children all the time. He noticed that C’s pelvis was misaligned, as well as his neck, which could have been the cause of some of his acid reflux issues.
We’ve been going to the chiropractor for a couple of weeks now and C is definitely improving. You can tell his pelvis isn’t bothering him anymore. It’s hard to tell if his acid reflux has improved with the neck adjustments, since he still has issues with it. But on the bright side, he hasn’t vomited and he hasn’t been choking in quite some time (even since we stopped using the Zantac).
I’d definitely advocate getting an infant’s spine checked by a chiropractor after delivery!
I just ordered three books about baby sleep and parenting:
-”What to Expect: The First Year” by Heidi Murkoff, which I thought would be a good reference
-”The No-Cry Sleep Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley, recommended by my sister-in-law
-”The 90-Minute Baby Sleep Program” by Polly Moore, recommended by C’s chiropractor (a parent of 4)
SOMETHING has to help C. He often has a difficult time sleeping during the day, and prefers to sleep only while being held. He typically does well at night, but I know that he needs to be sleeping more during the day.
C’s chiropractor said that he doesn’t think it sounds like C has colic. It sounds more like C’s “pissed at the world,” like his daughter was for the first few months. With colic, babies cry for a period of 3 hours or so and typically are not crying ALL.DAY.LONG.
C even wakes up crying. And that’s when he’s already been fed and changed.
White noise helps sometimes. Going for drives helps occasionally…until we stop at a red light. Rocking him or jiggling his butt only helps sometimes. Swaddling only keeps him from hitting himself with his arms – not soothing. We took him off of Zantac and started trying symethicone gas drops to see if he was having side effects from the Zantac. Honestly, I think it’s worse without the Zantac so we might start that back up again.
So…the quest for finding a solution to C’s crying continues…
My poor little C has been crying A LOT in the past two days. I don’t know if it’s a reaction to his Zantac, an ear infection, or something else. It’s strange to us that he’s having a difficult time calming down when we hold him. That’s usually what he wanted when he cried. He loves being held.
He used to cry, but not for hours on end throughout the day. Hopefully the doctor can give us some insight into what’s going on.
Otherwise…woe is me. If it gets worse from here on that bell curve our pediatrician drew, then I am in for some LONG days.
C had his first checkup with his pediatrician this afternoon and he did great. At 8 pounds, 13 ounces, he successfully surpassed his birth weight! His doctor prescribed Zantac for his acid reflux. We will be able to start and stop that for him as we wish to experiment and see if it helps him. I’m relieved that we can have that to fall back on, since my own experimenting with avoiding certain foods for breastfeeding (spicy, citrus, chocolate, etc.) has yielded zero results.
I’m really excited that his pediatrician is very nice, thorough and didn’t make us feel rushed at all when we were asking questions. This doctor was recommended by Hubster’s supervisor, who has three boys, and I couldn’t be happier with his recommendation.
C is now in the 82nd percentile for weight. That just makes me laugh, because he looks so scrawny! His arms and legs are a bit too long for most of his newborn-size clothes, but all the 0-3 month clothes just hang on his little frame.
Hoping the Zantac will give our little man some relief!
It’s so difficult watching your 2-week-old baby look at you with a pained expression while he’s crying inconsolably.
I think C has acid reflux, and it seems to get worse every day. He has a desperate pain cry after eating and arches his back in pain. He cries for a long time and his pain often wakes him up. He’s most comfortable sleeping on our chests because he can be upright. He gags, vomits and gets the hiccups all the time. I want to cry when he’s crying. It’s so sad that I can’t make it better.
I’ve tried to stay away from foods that can cause reflux in babies. We’ve propped his changing table so that he’s on an incline. His sleeps on an incline. We keep him upright after feedings. We’ve tried different bottles.
Nothing seems to help and he keeps getting worse. I can’t wait for our appointment with his pediatrician tomorrow afternoon. I hope there is something that we can do to help our poor little boy.