Originally Posted by mamanurse
Sorry to all y'all with cranky and fussy babes. I especially feel bad for those with babes who are like that 24-7.
My first dd had "colic" which I found out is just a label for a baby who cries A LOT. Dd1 cried for 4-5 hours inconsolably every night from about 5-12 weeks. She would only not be crying when she was eating. It was so very sad. Then she was the happiest baby ever at 3 months.
If you'd asked me 3 days ago, I would have said dd2 was not fussy or cranky yet
. But...for the last 2 nights she has been crying inconsolably. It's terrible. The good news is that dh and I have BTDT and take it pretty well knowing it will all be over in 7 short weeks. Yeah right... short.
My back and shoulders are killing me, though, from hours of swaying and pacing the floor with her in my arms. Luckily, she appears to be happy during the day and the fussiness doesn't set in until between 5 or 6 at night. Of course, this is only her pattern after 2 days of this behaviorEveryone says to cut out this or cut out that, but I pretty much refuse. She went 5 weeks as a happy baby with me eating and drinking what I pleased. I pretty much guarantee that she will be that happy baby again around 3 months without me torturing myself with elimination diets.
My dh is convinced that there are far too many moms not eating dairy, wheat, etc... because their babes are "sensitive" to it. He thinks that they cut something out and the baby seems better, but it's a placebo effect. I told him that can't possibly be true all the time, but I do feel there is some truth to what he's saying.
I'm kinda on the same line of thought, although if it gets too bad, I'll cut out some stuff. I had to cut out dairy with my first kid because he was screaming, and when he got older, I'd try a little dairy again, (lactose free milk) and it made his intestines bleed a bit, in his stool. He has a severe milk allergy like his dad.
for this kid, he's not quite as miserable as my first one, but sometimes he seemed a little bit cranky and uncomfortable. I have to be honest here. This was my "surprise" baby, and I wasn't very thrilled at the idea of having to go through spendings years avoiding certain foods to keep nursing, all over again.
I started to give my kid probiotics because we were dealing with a bit of thrush.
I have to say, in terms of his tummy, it's almost liked dealing with a different baby. It doesn't make his gas go away, it just seems to make it easier to pass. (I seem to notice a similar affect in myself.
) It seems to keep everything "moving" instead of painfully stuck. when he has lots of gas, it seems to pass effortlessly and painlessly through his gut without much effort. Instead of grunting and crying, we have coos and intent stares, with maybe a slight wince and whimper seconds before some gas passes...it's no longer such a huge deal. He seems MUCH more comfortable.
Then I thought to myself
I used to drink sweet acidiphilos milk when i was a kid because my mom is lactose intolerant and it's the only kind she could drink, .
and therefore the only milk she ever kept in the house. Probiotics help mild lactose intolerant...it says so right on the bottle, duh! Where is my brain? So I"m keeping up the probiotics up so I can keep my diet pretty open.