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Well, my baby had a very long first week of life. When we brought him home from the hospital Sunday, he weighed 8lb 7oz & over the next 2 days he nursed nonstop, but was crying all the time (when he wasn't eating) & he had no wet or dirty diapers. Weds I took him to the doctor & he was down to 7 lb 5 oz & he was dehydrated so they immediately sent him to the hospital where he went through so many tests & I feel so guilty for putting him through all of it. His main problem turns out, he had some meconium blocked up in him & once they got that all out, he was a much happier baby. Don't know why he was dehydrated since he ate all the time, but they put him on IV fluids & he has been gaining weight. They had thought he had a UTI also & took some cultures & put him on antibiotics. They also did a spinal tap to test for meningitis & put him on antibiotics for that also. With a 5 day old baby they did not want to miss anything, but I think he was put through a lot of unnecessary tests & I feel really guilty. They never were sure about the UTi since they could not get a clean urine sample so they gave him the meds just in case. On Sun, he was up to 8lbs & well hydrated & a much happier baby so we finally got to go home. It was hard spending the first week in the hospital with him & I am so gald to be home. He is nursing constantly. They don't want him to go more than 2 hrs without feedings so sometimes I need to wake him up until we get the hang of this nursing thing so I won't be on here for a while, but hope to be back soon so I can read up on how everyone else is doing. He still doesn't have a name. His baby naming ceremony/circ. (religious) had to be pushed off since he was in the hospital, but on Sunday he will finally have a name!!
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I'm so sorry he had to go through that. But I am so glad he is home and healthy now!
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What an ordeal! I'm glad everything is okay now. You might want to start pounding some probiotics to ward off thrush from the antibiotics and also give some to ds on your finger tip....
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Poor little guy... spinal tap is not so comfortable Glad to hear everyone is ok now!
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I'm so sorry he (and you!) went through that. So glad to hear all is well.

Originally Posted by ice_chick
I feel so guilty for putting him through all of it.
Don't beat yourself up, mama. Something was clearly up and you addressed it as best as you could. Wouldn't it have been much more guilt-inducing if it had been something much more serious and you missed it?

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I'm so sorry you've been going through such a rough and scary time. I'm glad to hear that your boy is doing better now!
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