15 May 2015

What's the matter, baby?

Little 3 didn't have the smoothest start in life what with his chest infection and extended hospital stay from inhaling meconium as he was born, the poor thing, but once we were home and settled things seemed to be going well.

Then when he was 2 weeks old he began being sick during and after feeds (we are breastfeeding). Not loads but every feed without fail and for an hour or so after too. He also began to scream randomly during feeds, and I mean scream, full on sweating, red face and white frightened eyes kind of crying, and sometimes for a time after the feed too, I could tell he was in pain, it was horrible to see him doing it and all I could do was try to console him until it passed, which thankfully was usually only around a minute each time. 



I didn't know what it was, maybe wind or colic, could it be reflux or something else? It didn't seem to be wind though as he always gave a hefty burp after a feed with relatively little effort on my part. I bought some Infacol as we had used it with the girls when they had trouble getting wind up but it didn't help him and just made Little 3 sicker so I didn't use it long. 

Little 1 had colic when she was a newborn and would cry relentlessly all evening drawing her knees up in pain and then fall asleep finally with exhaustion. Little 3's symptoms were different and didn't seem like colic, it happened every feed, day and night and only lasted a minute or so and he didn't cry excessively at night either so I didn't think it was that.

I took him to baby clinic and had a chat with the health visitor who suggested it could be reflux causing him the pain, although he wasn't being that sick she thought that stomach fluid was coming back up and causing him discomfort.

It took 3 weeks to get to see the gp after talking to the health visitor, first being fobbed off by a triage nurse on the phone despite me requesting to be seen and then we saw another so called senior nurse who declared he probably had reflux but it wasn't that bad so she wouldn't prescribe anything to help him. Eventually at 6 weeks old we saw a gp who listened to me explain what had been happening the past month, he thought it was a combination of reflux and  maybe colic and prescribed something to help with the reflux, as a starting point (I'm not sure he really knew how to help with the pain/screaming). It worked straight away and the following day we had a totally different happy baby, there was a bit less sick and surprisingly the screaming just stopped too. 



Unfortunately as a side effect of the medication Little 3 got constipated so we had to stop it after a few days. We expected that once the medication was out of his system the screaming would return but so far 3 weeks on it hasn't, something the gp found rather surprising when we chatted to him about it at our 8 week check this week. He now thinks that all the antibiotics Little 3 had when he was first born upset the balance of his digestive system and that he was getting some kind of stomach cramps when he fed. The calming nature of the medication he was given seemed just enough to settle not only his stomach but his gut too. 

Now at almost 9 weeks old feeds are much more pleasant and we are both happier. The sicking isn't as bad as it was, we have decided not to try other medication at the moment and although the sicking creates rather a lot of washing for me we are just glad that Little 3 is no longer in pain.


First smiles caught on camera

Have you had a similar experience, I'd love to hear if other children who had antibiotics at birth suffered anything similar to Little 3.

8 comments:

  1. Oh bless him, and you! LM had reflux but luckily we got to see a gp relatively easily and they diagnosed it, the medication made a huge difference, but made her constipated too so we stopped it and like little 3 the symptoms stopped... Until now when it has randomly come back, 4-5mths later :/ weaning and trying new foods means the reflux has returned and we are back on the medication, and again she is constipated so off to the Drs this morning to see what the next step is. Its so horrible seeing them in pain isn't it? :( I hope Little 3 doesn't get a return of the symptoms! Xx

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  2. I remember reading your blog posts about it Caroline. I hope LM isn’t suffering too much with a return of the reflux, hopefully it will settle quickly for her x

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  3. stacey-mums blind love18 May 2015 at 17:51

    Oh bless him, glad that he's a lot happier now.

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  4. Thank you, he seems much better but still has his off days!

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  5. Is so terrifying , frustrating, seeing our lo struggling and suffering... and so little that we can do! I am happy to read that everything is well now.x

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  6. Aaahhh look at his gorgeous happy smile. Because Daisy wasn't diagnosed till about 7 months and I was in a bit of a state we skipped the medicine I think little 3 was on and went straight on to the next one. The difference was amazing straight away and no constipation - if it continues would definitley go back xx

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  7. So far so good, we have a few sicky days then a few good ones, I’m writing down what I am eating to see if it makes a difference. I have been thinking of going back but he doesn’t seem too bothered and is putting on weight well so we’ll see. x

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