Mom to daughter (8/17/07) and mom to fraternal twin sons (1/5/10)
*Mom with chronic health issues, NICU babies, reflux sufferers, multiple food allergies (mom and kids)
*DD birthweight 5lb, 14oz, now 26lb, 4oz
*DS1 birthweight 4lb, 6oz, now 19lb
*DS2 birthweight 4lb, 2oz, now 18lb, 12oz
**An EXCELLENT speller, unless I have either a child on my lap or I'm using my cell phone!**
EP MOM FOR 14.5 MONTHS - NOW USING UP MY FROZEN BM SUPPLY!
I wish I could nurse on demand but if I did that, he never cries or does anything that signifies that he wants to eat. It freaks me out and I asked DH (because he takes care of DS when I'm gone) if he ever cries or signals for food and he said "actually, come to think of it, no he doesn't." It feels like I'm force feeding him. He is very quiet and only cries when he's pooping. (he mostly squeaks actually. it's cute) he can go 8 hours without a feed. (I set the alarm on my phone and my phone shut off due to being a low battery. therefore, i didn't wake up to feed him.) Don't worry... that was just a one time thing. I make sure to put the phone on the charger. So, should I maybe make a schedule to nurse instead of on-demand?
As for the eczema, I mentioned something to the new pediatrician they assigned me and she said to keep applying the hydrocortisone and the aquaphor. She didn't think an allergist was necessary. But... because I have social anxiety, am very shy, and afraid of pediatricians, I couldn't say what I wanted to say BUT I know in my heart that he is allergic to something. He was doing fine in the hospital. It subsided. Then when I got back home, within hours, it was back to being oozy. I think I should drag DH with me for this next ped visit but I don't think he can because of his wacky work schedule. The next visit is this Monday to check his weight gain and she is considering it a 4 month well-baby checkup. kinda nervous...
Proud 1st time mommy of Aiden Marcus 10/30/2010
What is your LOs current weight and height?
Nursing on demand is more like feeding a baby whenever it wants to nurse, even if its an hour after it last nursed. But if I had a sleepy baby or one who never cried to nurse, or could go endless hours without wanting to nurse, I would defenitly reccomend waking baby or just nursing every 2 hours even if he never asks for it.
Mommy of 4,
3 who I watch over, 1 who watches over all of us
J- 8/20/05 pumped breastmilk for 11 months due to his cleft lip and palate!
M- 10/17/07 my precious baby lives forever in her mommys heart
M- 3/31/09 my special gift, she helps heal her mommy and daddys heart. Nursed for 4 years and 10 days, self weaned the day her baby brother was born!
E-, new little miracle born 4/11/13, my BIG baby! Born 8.6 at 38 weeks. At 9 weeks nearly 17lbs, at 12 weeks nearly 20lbs, at 6 months nearly 23lbs, at 8 months nearly 25lbs and all from BREASTMILK
I absolutely agree that you need to see an allergist and I would add also a dermatologist. A child doesn't just have eczema so bad that it is oozing. SOMETHING is triggering that and an allergist can help you figure out what it is and a dermatologist can help you treat it. Is the eczema all over his body? If it's infected did they give you any antibiotic ointment? Did they suggest wet pajama treatments or emollient baths or anything to help clear it up? Steroids are a necessity in that kind of situation, but with skin problems that bad you probably need to be doing other treatments to help get the flare ups under control.
Did they ask you any questions about your environment? Is there a smoker in the house? Do you have pets? Do you use air fresheners? What kind of detergent do you use? Do you wear perfume? All these things can affect eczema (especially the smoke- even 3rd hand) and that is not even counting potential food allergies, which to me seems apparent if baby is not gaining well. Did they do any blood tests to determine whether he was malnourished or not properly digesting his food? A gut that's inflamed from allergic reaction will not be able to properly digest what is put in it and that can affect their weight gain. This happened with my son. In the end what helped him THE MOST with both his skin and his weight gain was getting on a zinc supplement (prescribed by the dermatologist). He told me the first indication of a zinc malabsorption for him was the oozing eczema. It wasn't a cure-all for us, but it made a huge difference esp with his weight gain. I'm not saying zinc is what your son needs, but if you can see a specialist they might have ideas like that that a pediatrician wouldn't really know about (mine didn't).
I'd also suggest a new pediatrician, but it sounds like you're working on that already.
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