Trying to catch up...
Sarah, congrats on your adoption of Gabriel!
I hope your Gabriel will bring as much light to your days as mine!
My Gabriel is now 2.5 and a great big brother himself. Michael must be thrilled! I look forward to getting to know you better!
Originally Posted by JenInMpls
Heather thanks for your reply. I have a super DC who is an ICPA member, so I'll be giving her a call on Monday. I've wondered if it is something she can help with since it seems to be getting progressively worse. I'm just worried that she will get on me about my decision to vaccinate him against DTaP and Polio, they are very anti-vax in that clinic. I am a bit fragile, still, about my decision. btw I know how obnoxious it can be waiting for baby to be added to insurance, T just got added to mine after a LONG line of snafus with the finance chair at our school, the insurance broker we use, etc.
Did you get to call your DC? I hope it will be helpful to Tristan! We noticed a change right away, but were warned it might not be drastic and immediate. As for insurance, Iain will be on our plan as of January 1.
We missed the 30 day cut off to enroll him, and they would NOT be flexible. Ugh. Guess that's what happens when you're dealing with big
corporations. (DH works for Nokia.) Let us know how T is doing!
Originally Posted by lynchmom
HeatherB - I didn't know spitting up an hour or more after eating was a sign of reflux. DS does that quite frequently. We had a tough time of it last week. What are some other symptoms? That chiro thing is very interesting!
Does your DS get upset when he's spitting up like that? I knew we were in trouble when my DS#1 was spitting up repeatedly, well over an hour after eating, and went from totally calm to completely inconsolable during that time. His pedi back then was really only concerned if he was uncomfortable with the spitting, indicating acid coming up which can also cause damage to the esophagus. There's also "silent reflux," which is mostly what DS#1 had, where he'd have stuff come up in his throat (we could hear it), and then he'd swallow it back, rather than having it come out. So he didn't projectile vomit as much as Iain (DS#2) has been, but he was actually much more miserable.
Originally Posted by almama
My neighbor's son had serious reflux and she told me that the difference between just "spitting up" and reflux is the force behind it. Reflux goes across the room every time. We have our share of projectile spitting, but it is mainly the burp/slurp thing.
Yep, normal spit up kind of dribbles out, down the side of the mouth or cheek. That's totally normal. Anything with force is a bit more concerning (though can be perfectly normal, too). I'm told that as a baby I would projectile vomit three feet across a room. Iain hasn't ever quite made that mark (:LOL) but when he throws up there's a lot of force, a lot of content, and it's the "change the clothes, change the sheets, change EVERYTHING" kind of mess. He also had what I called "forcible spits" where it wasn't so much coming up, but it would actually leave a splatter on the wall (when he was on the changing table)! And, like I said, there's also silent reflux, where you won't see all the spitting, but baby will still be in a lot of pain.
I think I had something on the order of overactive letdown with Iain (not so much now for whatever reason), which can definitely contribute to being spitty. Thankfully those spits tend to be fairly small and innocuous.
(Is there a spell-check around here? :LOL)
Guilt, guilt, yes... lots of guilt, for both of them at this point. Iain is also much "easier" than Gabriel was, so that's a factor for us, too. I can put him down and he'll sleep (at least some of the time!), whereas you couldn't put Gabriel down almost EVER. I often feel as though both of them are being neglected for some chunk of every day.
Speaking of neglecting, my big boy is on my lap begging to go outside - and now the little one is awake, so I need to take them out.
Oh, and Iain's getting fussy... Agh. Did I mention I'm starving, too? :LOL
Oh, we just got a packge from my Grandma with gifts for all of us. Gabriel was throwing a fit because I wouldn't let him see his Christmas presents! (They're from Amazon and came unwrapped.) Anyhow, it'll be interesting to see how he reacts this year to having to wait for gifts.
Hope everyone's having a better day...