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    Default I am so worried and frustrated!

    I apologize in advance if this tuns out to be long and I thank anyone who can offer insight or just support.

    I guess I should start at the beginning. Since the day my son was born, he's been extremely gassy. He would scream for hours and thrash around while passing gas. The ped advised us to give him mylicon drops with every feeding, and that helped a lot. My little guy became a much happier baby.

    Around 6 weeks old, he started sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night. Two weeks ago, around 9 weeks, we decided to move him to his crib because he was outgrowing the bassinet (I have a very long baby!) It worked well. For almost 2 weeks, he'd fuss for 30 min- an hour (we'd go in every 5 minutes or so) but would fall asleep. He was sleeping anywhere from 7-9 hours a night.

    Two weeks ago, he started having green stools that were either mucousy or watery. After this went on for a few days, I took him to the doctor. He suspected a virus, but his white blood cell count was normal. He said to watch it for a few days. Last week, he had a reddish spot in his diaper. I took him back to the doctor. He basically said that he still suspected a virus and that the red spot was brickdust due to dehydration which was being caused by the loose stools. He said to watch it and if the loose stools continued through the end of next week (which is this week) to bring him back in. All in all, his doctor said he is not too concerned.

    I really think something is wrong with my baby. My usually happy baby is very fussy lately. During bowel movements he cries and jerks around. His skin is extremely dry. This morning he threw up a yellowish stuff (which he has done once before). I swear, he threw up twice and it was a lot...I mean a very lot. It went everywhere. His first stool this morning was very mucousy and his second was like water.

    To add to all of this, he is not sleeping. He won't nap more than 15 minutes maybe three times a day and he is so tired he'll scream most of the night. If I hold him, he'll nap a little longer. He ended up sleeping on my chest last night because he wouldn't sleep otherwise. He's napping on me right now and he sounds congested. He will be 12 weeks on Thursday.

    And if all of this isn't enough, I go back to work on Wednesday. I'd delay it if I could, but I teach school and I have to be there.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who made it through my frustrated ramblings!

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    Default Re: I am so worried and frustrated!

    I am not an expert on this subject, but it sounds like it could be a food allergy. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, it may be a dairy allergy (not to your breastmilk but the cow's milk in your diet).

    Here's a link with some more information: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/allergies.html
    Last edited by jentut; July 31st, 2006 at 10:16 AM.

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    Default Re: I am so worried and frustrated!

    I would get back to the pediatrician tomorrow (and try to see his/her partner for a 2nd opinion). Though it could be an allergy, I would also be concerned. I have been an RN for 26 yrs (as is my dh) and, even so, it took 1 1/2 wks to diagnose my daughter's ruptured appendix last year (and this is with me really pushing/insisting on tests). Because appendicitis is "rare under age 3", I feel the lack of aggressive action by my usually excellent pediatrician, and my dh and I, led to unnecessary suffering for my dd.
    I don't think it's normal for your baby's symptoms to last as long as they have.

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    Default Re: I am so worried and frustrated!

    Hi-
    after reading your story, I wanted to reply. I have no idea what could be wrong with your little one but I wanted to support you in advocating for him with the pediatrician. I am a medical social worker and from my experience with the medical community I know that people really sometimes have to push outside of their comfort zone to get a more thorough workup done- and I want to say- sadly- that some providers are a bit apathetic and or lazy. If you think there is something wrong there probably is. I do agree with the pp that a food allergy is possible. Also- and I mean this in a kind way- if your baby is missing you (from when he used to sleep closer to you) he may be more fussy in the daytime- just my two cents worth.
    I would encourage you to call for an appointment. Good luck.
    Suzie

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    Default Re: I am so worried and frustrated!

    It sounds like a food allergy. I would definately get into the pedi office tommorow to have further studies done.
    I hope things get better.

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    Default Re: I am so worried and frustrated!

    Hi there

    I was reading this article yesterday and some of the symptoms you are describing I recognised in this article. It could possibly be that your baby is getting too much sugary foremilk and not enough fatty hindmilk. My dd is starting to stir so will make this quick. Basically you need to let you baby empty one breast at a time. Even if baby is still hungry within 2 hours put baby back on to the same breast until 2 hours and then switch to the other breast. This will allow them to get more hindmilk which is fattier and takes longer to digest and satisfies them more. Also, take a look at your diet. Make sure you're not eating too much sugar, cakes lollies etc. Make sure you have plenty of carbohydrates,protein and especially fat in your diet. If you are eating alot of sugary things then this means that your baby might be getting to much sugar. Hope this helps, and good luck with breastfeeding and going back to work.

    http://www.health-e-learning.com/articles/Lactose.pdf

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    Default Re: I am so worried and frustrated!

    A few questions:

    Prior to this change, how often was your baby feeding? Who ended the feeding?

    Now, how often does your baby feed? Who ends the feeding? Is he having enough wet diapers?

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    Default Re: I am so worried and frustrated!

    If your pediatrician finds that your baby does indeed have a food allergy, this resource is one that really helped us out with our little one's food sensitivities:

    Dairy and other Food Sensitivities in Breastfed Babies.

    The source also explains:

    "Some babies with allergies or food sensitivities exhibit fussy nursing behavior. Often when there is a sensitivity to something in mom's diet, baby will come to the breast hungry but when she tastes/smells something in the milk that will cause her GI distress, she pulls off, bats her head back and forth, etc. Sensitivities to foods in mom's diet are rare. If this is the problem, you will most likely notice other symptoms, such as excessive spitting up or vomiting, colic, diarrhea, rash, persistent congestion or runny nose, or excessive gas."

    I know how frustrating and heartbreaking it is to watch your little one suffer ... especially when you don't know how to help them. And it makes everything so much worse when the "professionals," don't take your concerns seriously. I've always believed that a mother's instincts should be trusted. After months of watching my little girl suffer, and having the many specialists we saw all just shrug and refer us to the next "expert," we finally found that she had reflux (made worse by allergies) and I had a massive oversupply/OALD. I told all of those specialists that I *knew* something was wrong with my baby ... but even when she went on a nursing strike they all told me she was just being fussy (one lactation consultant even said, at 3 months old, that my baby was just a "brat").

    Anyway ... stick to your guns! You are doing a beautiful job, mama!

    Mama to Adeline Brett, breastfed for 4.5 years (12/14/05) and little Eliza June, new tiny sprite in my arms and still learning the ropes (7/18/10)

    Family Blog • If I'm here I'm nursing and typing one handed ... forgive the typos!
    And I'm not a newbie at all ... I'm trying to get my old user ID working from back in the day ... paint-the-moon

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