I really enjoyed everyone’s responses from my last post about baby sleep. So many helpful tips from moms..I love that. I am kind of a lone ranger where I live when it comes to my little ones so I appreciate all the help and advice I get from my fellow bloggers! So a lot of people commented about dealing with reflux with their infants as well..OH LORDDDD. Reflux. Not fun.
Micah has particularly bad reflux..to the point where he screams in the middle of his feedings and is such a fussy baby. Can I be real? Most of the time he is miserable…which in turn makes me miserable. I was starting to wonder if he knew how to smile..but my mom was able to coax one out of him….
so I know it’s possible. It’s like he doesn’t know that he’s allowed to be awake and not cry. When he is awake..he cries most of the time. It can happen so quickly. One minute he’s hanging out, the next minute – total meltdown. Here’s a pic of the usual:
The only thing that really works to calm him is his bouncy..and as you can see, it doesn’t always work. This can mean screaming for hours. I feel so bad for him because I know it’s not a fun experience for him..and he always seems like he’s in so much pain. A trip to the GI left us with him taking Prilosec twice a day. The Prilosec helps him to complete his feedings succesfully but doesn’t take away the screaming that happens throughout the day. Josiah for the most part is a really happy baby. He’s always cooing and smiling. He loves to have conversations and “talk” back when you talk to him. It’s the sweetest.
Typical Josiah. Smiley to the max. He has reflux too but he only spits up a bit and isn’t on any meds..so it’s not too bad, and it obviously doesn’t affect his demeanor. I just want to be able to experience a happy Micah! But I tell myself..”This too shall pass..” everyone, including doctors, keep telling me that he will outgrow it..hopefully sooner than later.
My second subject is that of baby colds. Has your baby experienced a cold yet? For those who have kept up with my posts you know that Micah caught RSV and was hospitalized for three weeks and intubated for ten days..basically he fought for his life and came out on top, praise God..but it’s left me traumatized.
On top of it all, Mr. Josiah (11 weeks tomorrow) recently caught a cold and has developed a cough. Took him to the doctor and the doctor isn’t too concerned because he’s breathing normally, eating fine, and is otherwise okay besides having a runny nose and a sporadic cough. I just don’t want it to take a turn for the worse like Micah did..but I guess it’s a good sign that they didn’t send us to the ER..we’ve just been monitoring him closely. Micah has also been exposed to Josiah and has also been coughing very randomly. and is otherwise okay too..he goes to see his pulmonologist on Monday so I will feel better once we head over there and he gets checked out..but so far everyone is okay. The doctor thinks this could be just a normal baby cold. This just goes to show me that despite isolation, minimal visitors, and excellent handwashing…there are some things beyond my control. I did all that I could do and he still came down with a cold…I can’t control everything and need to stop blaming myself for these things..but still, it does suck…and yeah it does scare me a bit after all we’ve gone through.
Anyway, my two questions are
1 – what is your experience with reflux? If your infant has it, what have you been using to help it out or treat it? Theresa, a fellow mommy twin blogger, recommended this site which has some super cool wedge/pillow options that would be considered safe for babies. If your LO is on meds, what kind? Any advice for soothing the extreme fussiness?
2 – What has been your experience with your LO having a cold? I know that not all colds are RSV…so do share the good, the bad, and the ugly and what has helped as well. We havebeen suctioning and using VICKS dehumidifier.
Thanks Mom’s for all of your feedback. It’s helpful and I love to try things that have worked for others..because it just may work for us! For now, I leave you with one thing that has helped with calming Micah :
Babywearing. Thank you Baby K’tan.