|Originally posted by Island Mommy
My dd does wake up crying and yes, I've considered that it might be GERD. In fact, I have a filled prescription for Zantac.
However, the only tests to diagnosis GERD are invasive and uncomfortable for the baby.
But you can just tell by the symptoms can't you, without invasive tests?
pain, irritability, or constant or sudden crying (signs that may be mistaken for colic) after eating
frequent spitting up or vomiting after eating
vomiting more than 1 hour after eating
regular spitting up that continues after the first year, the age when most children grow out of it
inability to sleep soundly
"wet burp" or "wet hiccup" sounds
poor weight gain or weight loss
|Most peds do not recommend doing them. Instead, they prescribe Zantac and suggest that you try it for a week and see if it works.
Well that's what drs do, give out drugs.
|Zantac is a strong drug and no long term tests have been done of its effects on young children. I am very leary of giving drugs to DD. My dh is very opposed.
|So, my hope was that if it was GERD, dd would grow out of it.
She will most probably, eventually. But what can you do to make her more comfortable in the meantime? Giving drugs is not the only way.
Take a look at this site.http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/reflux.html
|My ped has also suggested that dd may be lactose intolerant, but again this was just a guess and the only option he had was to switch her to a soy-based formula.
Your dr is wrong. Lactose intolerance in infants is almost unheard of. Galactosemia is a serious disease. More likely she is sensitive to the cow's milk proteins in your diet. Or the soy, or wheat, corn, nuts, etc.
Also, ABM is more likely to irritate the esophagus than breastmilk, which is so natural.
The risks of artificially feeding an infant are so great, switching to soy formula (or Nutramigen for ex) would be a last resort. And then, she might be sensitive to it. Much better to take the untolerated food out of your diet, and keep giving her the kind of milk her body needs.
|As for WOHM, I believe that women who work out of the home and have to drive a vehicle every day and function could not manage long-term with serious sleep deprivation.
That is true, but as a mom of three young children, I also lived in my mini-van! I thought driving my precious cargo around sleep deprived was even scarier than if I was alone driving to work.
|DaryLLL, do you not believe that a child could be waking every hour due to sleep cycles and nursing back to sleep for comfort?
It could be possible, while unusual. Every 2-3 hours, yes. Every hour, no. And as you say she seems to be crying in pain, and staying awake for hours in the middle of the night as well, that does not sound right.
All 3 of mine were terrible teethers. Esp my middle dd. But the nightwaking would go in spurts, as the teeth moved. It was not every night since infancy of waking up and staying up. I just rec, don't just think this is a bad habit and you caused it and need to break her of it by using techniques. Perhaps change your diet first and see if she is more comfortable? some mothers say it is hard to do, but the child's personality is so improved, and the sleep so good, the diet change is worth it.
If it is teeth, some moms find the Hylands Teething tablets work. Myself I resorted to reg painkillers sometimes, b/c the baby would be so frantic and I would be falling over from walking the floors. 2 of mine are spirited and really let me know when they were miserable.
BTW, they are all teens now and sleep great. I would too, if it weren't for the hot flashes. Yeah, it's always something.