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#1 of 7 Old 05-05-2013, 07:12 AM - Thread Starter
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My 3 week old DS is having screaming fits in the evening (2 hours almost nonstop).  He also has slimy poo, but we had a stomach virus go through the household 2 weeks ago and he got it, so might still be from that (?) No allergy ring yet and no bloody stool.

My older DS was allergic to dairy, soy, and eggs as an infant, and is still allergic to eggs (at 2.5yrs). With having a family history of allergies ( I also have 2 cousins with kids that have dairy allergies) I feel that he's more likely to have allergies, but I also feel that I'm more likely to jump to the allergy conclusion. Or I might be more likely to be in denial because giving up dairy, soy, and eggs was really hard for me last time.  He's showing symptoms very similar to DS1, but DS1 had bloody stool and an allergy ring too.

Could this just be a developing digestive system colic coupled with recovering from stomach virus or is it more likely food allergies? 

I already cut out eggs but it doesn't seem to be helping much and I don't really eat soy. (I chose egg because its the easiest and since DS1 is still allergic I thought it might be more likely)

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O he also has a slightly rashy face (bumpy). DS1 had a full body red pinprick type rash, but it took me longer to figure his allergy out.

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#3 of 7 Old 05-12-2013, 08:44 PM
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I would definitely wait until you can be sure it is not symptoms lingering from the virus.  I will lean towards non-allergy-related for now.  That time of day can have a lot going on for infants, and crying is often the way they deal with it.  I also would imagine after such a trauma to his digestion from the virus, his system could be still readjusting and I wonder if that couldn't make an infant fussier?


I know every infant is different, but my daughter would fuss more or less all day-- she certainly had a fussier time, but she was fussy, and especially at feeding times and during nursing itself.


Good luck!  It sounds like you are well in-tune with the allergy spiel.  Hopefully this isn't, and it doesn't sound to me like it is. 

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Since I'm of the mind that 99% of colic is probably allergy/intolerances, I'm voting for allergies/intolerances. My kids don't have the same sensitivities (well, they share some).

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I agree with kjbrown. I believe colic is caused by allergies. Whenever someone I know has a colic baby I suggest to cut out dairy first. The sreaming fits could be gas, caused by an allergy. The rash I would suspect is an allergy. Two of my three sons get rashes when they eat dairy.

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My son did exactly that around that age too - scream for one to two hours every evening. No other signs that i recognised then. He eventually stopped around two months old.

I have been given two explanations for it 1) dairy allergy (I did cut it out on advice of retired nurse living above me, and when I reintroduced it at 9 months, he broke out in a full body rash. Outgrew it after 3 years of age. )

2. More controversially, cranium crying. My son, by then 6, had frequent headaches and vision problems and someone recommended cranial osteopathy. I was desperate at that time having already seen various mainstream specialists. During the first session, the osteopath checked his skull and spine alignment and asked if he cried in that particular screaming high pitched way as a baby, and if it stopped after the second month. Apparently colic crying can be at anytime of the day, and as long as the child has colic. Cranium crying is at a particular time of the day, high pitched, sustained, and stops after the second month as the baby somehow adapts to the pressure in the skull. The screaming helps them equalized the pressure (I am just repeating what I was told, I have no idea and make no claims!!) and most babies succeed. My son did have a difficult birth and was finally delivered via vacuum after he was stuck for two hours. His skull does have a flat spot and most importantly, the sessions at the osteopath did provide clear,if temporary, relief for his headaches and vision issues. It was explained to me that as he grows, his skull will expand and he will be better or adjust.

BUT if I had brought him in as a baby, they could have done a lot more while his skull was still malleable. Sob! If I could turn back time, I would have definitely tried it, and also cut out milk.

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Around 3 weeks babies tend to have a normal fussy time. This link really helped me.


Also if you go to YouTube and search "purple crying period" there's a video that will explain it a little more! It's called Dr. Ronald Barr explains the P.u.r.p.l.e crying period.

I also have a 3 week old, and she has bumps on her face as well, I'm already dairy/gluten free. My son had the same thing when he was a baby and it went away without me having to change my diet. It sounds like you're pretty in tune with allergies and what not though, so you will probably know what's normal and what's not!
But look at that link and the video, they helped me a lot to know what was normal. smile.gif good luck and congrats on your new little one!

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