High Needs Baby

Ever since C’s colic started, I’ve been following The Fussy Baby Site‘s blog.  Today, they posted a list of the Top Websites for Colic.  I visited the Ask Dr. Sears website that was listed and stumbled upon information on high needs babies.  I had an “aha” moment – FINALLY, C’s personality is explained.

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Formula Was Our Answer!

Last week, I blogged about the formula experiment we were trying.  We first opened one of the Enfamil samples that we had received in a childbirth preparation class, but the next day I purchased a can of Nestle Good Start Gentle (orange can).  It had good reviews online for being gentle on a baby’s stomach and I remembered that my sister-in-law had used it for her girls.  Enfamil Gentlease seemed to have good reviews, but I was slightly alarmed to see that the first ingredient in that formula is corn syrup solids.  I have an allergy to corn syrup and, regardless, I didn’t feel that corn syrup should have that much prominence in the ingredients of a formula.

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The Formula Test

I couldn’t take it anymore.  Watching my son have stomachaches every day.  A smile quickly turning to a frown.  Fuss and fuss and fuss.

We’ve tried everything.  Chiropractic care (which definitely did make an improvement), baby Zantac, propping him, burping him often, tracking what I eat, avoiding certain food triggers, various gas drops…the list goes on and on.  Nothing has made a difference.  Tonight, he seemed to refuse his bottle of breastmilk.

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Get Me Outta Here!

Ever have one of those days that make you want to run far, far away?

Yup, it’s one of those days.  And it’s only 12:48pm.

C has been crying constantly for hours.  He’s been fed twice, changed multiple times, rocked, put in his bouncy seat, etc. etc. etc….

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Buying Parenting Books

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)

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C Has Colic…

…but at least he’s healthy.  The pediatrician did a head-to-toe check of C today and told us that we have a normal, healthy, fussy baby.  It will only get worse before it improves.  Apparently, research shows that babies peak in fussiness at about 2 months of age.

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Off to the Pediatrician Tomorrow…

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.

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Infant Acid Reflux?

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.

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