Monday, July 13, 2009

My little screamer...

Thanks girls for the suggestions--nothing seems to be working, but we are still trying them...

We went to the pediatrician today and she thinks it might be reflux. So I am eliminating dairy from my diet (I guess lactose intolerance accompanies or aggravates reflux?) and we are switching to a hypoallergenic lactose-free formula. We are going to try an infant antacid later in the week if the formula changes haven't worked by then.

It doesn't seem to just be the witching hour, because it starts usually around 9 or 10 a.m. and continues until bedtime. And it doesn't necessarily follow feeds, although sometimes it does. She simply cries 90% of her waking hours. She has still been sleeping well at night, but I'm convinced that is because she has exhausted herself from all the screaming she does during the day. The bouncer or swing don't help, but she does like being bounced by us (physically). Which doesn't make much sense, because the swing mimics the same motion that we make when we bounce her, but she is only consoled if we are the ones doing it. She spits up, arches her back sometimes, and seems to do worse if she has had more formula then breastmilk. I think the sleeping-through-the night also might be happening because I don't supplement with formula at night time (I breastfeed solely from about 9 p.m. until 9 a.m. the next morning). Right now, I'm wondering if it is colic or reflux.

The one good thing is that she is growing wonderfully! Today she weighed 9 lbs 6 oz--almost up 3 lbs since birth, and she is only 3 1/2 weeks old!

Poor thing, it is so sad to hear this little angel scream. She has started losing her voice today! Here's hoping for a miracle this week...

2 comments:

Lea said...

Oh Jen, I'm so sorry that things are so rough right now! It's so hard when your little one is screaming nonstop. Asher had really bad reflux starting at about 5 weeks, so I understand what you are going through. I think it's a great step to eliminate dairy to see if it helps. Are you doing all dairy or just lactose? If just lactose doesn't help, try eliminating all dairy, even the proteins themselves (casein and whey). If there's anything I can do to help, feel free to email me leafoltz@yahoo.com. Good luck and I hope you see some changes soon!

Jen S. said...

Thank you Lea! I am just trying lactose for right now, although I am a total dairy eater, so it is so hard for me!!! I don't know how you did all of those diet eliminations! I am hoping this works...