Hi again, I've written like 5 threads trying to figure out what is wrong with my son. He screams and screams all day and sometimes evening. Unless he's nursing. It used to be grunting but now he's just full-out screaming. Today it was from 8:30am until 2:30pm almost nonstop with no sleep. I feel soooo bad for him, he seems so uncomfortable. He will calm down when I sing to him and walk around, sometimes. Sometimes not. But his screams are so hard and drastic like he's just in excrutiating pain.
He's just 4 weeks tomorrow- is it possible that it is colic? What is colic? How does one know if their baby has it? I mean, people keep telling me (friends who have breastfed) that it is probably my diet and I should keep a journal of what I eat, maybe that's what is causing his discomfort. That seems overwhelming to me, how could I know which thing is causing a problem?
I took him to the doctor on Thursday and they can't find anything wrong, but of course he wasn't screaming in there... and it's not like they could ask him questions. They prescribed Zantac in case it's silent reflux but we haven't dared to give it to him yet... scared to medicate for no reason.
So do I try tinkering with my diet or if it is colic, is there really nothing I can do but wait for him to grow? Can I be breastfeeding him too much? Is that possible? Is he too full and just making himself more miserable? He does take in some air when he's frantic and then going to nurse, I try to calm him down before he starts nursing, but it's almost impossible. Often he will burp for me after he drinks, though.
Also, if I do keep a journal, how long after I eat could I see a reaction in him positive or negative? Like 12 hours? 4-6 hours?
Sorry I keep asking so many questions, I'm desperate, I feel so bad for him and often end up crying along with him because I wish I could take his pain for him.
Also, I bought a Hotsling today, perhaps that will help him stop crying if he's next to me often?