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My baby is 5 months old. He had colic at 2 weeks until about 6 weeks. He has always slept great at night, but only if I am right next to him. If I try to get up for a few minutes, he will wake and cry.<br><br>
Just wondering what other's experiences are. I am all in favor of co-sleeping. My first DS is still co-sleeping (3 years old), but every time I nursed him to sleep when he was a baby, I could get up and get a few things done and he would sleep for usually 2 hours....sometimes only 30 minutes, but he would always sleep for a stretch. This baby will only sleep for about 2 minutes before waking and wanting me next to him. He doesn't nurse for comfort as much as DS #1.<br><br>
I even have to lay down with him for naps during the day. Will he outgrow this, or do I need to do something to help him sleep better? I'm not in favor of CIO. It just doesn't seem right that he doesn't sleep soundly. I'm wondering if there may be a medical issue that keeps waking him. He's had several issues like- arching his back, not getting comfortable, allergy-like symptoms with runny nose, etc......the list goes on. He's had lots of tests for different things, but the Dr. says he's fine. I'm thinking allergies or asthma or something. He used to turn his head to one side, and he's had problems with gas/green stools. Oh, he also has reflux and is taking Zantac. He also can't take temperatures over about 77. He gets very sweaty. We keep the house cool and dress him in only an undershirt. Any ideas would be appreciated. Gotta go...he's waking up...........
 

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complex.<br><br>
needs unraveling.<br><br>
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do you nurse both sides at a feeding? i know you say he is past his colic, but colic symptoms may be reduced by nursing on one side for a longer period of time so that the baby is getting both the fore and hind milk. some people have what they call overactive letdown and can devote even 8 to 12 hours to one breast before switching. not non stop nursing, of course, but keep latching to that side. if you're doing a lot of switching now, you might try devoting 2 hours to a side and experiment from there. consult LLL or a good lactation consultant.<br><br>
is he still food free? try to keep it that way for a good long while . once he starts on food, it becomes more complex. besides, if he's having trouble digesting, food is worse.<br><br>
have you experimented with your diet? start a good acidopholus supplement right away. nothing to lose, only to gain. there is a baby bifidactyl you can get at wild oats. try reducing/eliminating refined foods. that means no meals based on flour. this isn't hard, make salad and veggies and beans a bigger part of your life. avoid meats that you find hard to digest. for me, that's beef and pork.<br><br>
read labels to avoid dye, artificial flavors, msg, etc. choose fresh stuff with no label--or canned beans or frozen veggies without additives.<br><br>
it seemed like the more milk and cereal i ate, the worse my son was. a good quality yogurt with fruit and wheat germ had better result.<br><br>
lots you cd. try.<br><br>
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1.Your baby is normal, smart and has a strong survival instinct that will serve him well in life.<br><br>
2. This is temporary (even if being in the middle of it means you can't believe me!)<br><br>
3.for food allergies see <a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t041800.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t041800.asp</a><br>
or do a search at <a href="http://www.kellymom.com" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com</a><br>
You can also do a search for green stools at kellymom.<br>
Nightwaking can be a sign of food allergies, but it can also be quite normal.<br><br><br>
I had one baby who slept happily in a crib. I had another who would absolutely freak if I ever left during the night. Ever. Would not nap unless I was holding/nursing her. She did outgrow this, I promise! One night she just rolled away after nursing to sleep and my chin was on the floor. And ALL the other babies I have met with this personality trait have also outgrown it! It is very hard while you are living it, but this too shall pass.<br><br>
What helped me was to think about in terms of human biology. For a large percentage of human history, predators at night were a real danger to little babies. It is the strong willed babies who demand Mom's constant protection who were more likely to survive. If God forbid something happened to Mom in the night, the screaming baby would be HEARD by others in the community and picked up and kept safe.<br><br>
LOL, my post is a lot like lilirose's above. Great minds think alike!
 

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yeah, i agree. your baby will outgrow it. maybe not as soon as you'd like, but eventually <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> . my dd (2.5) is _very attached still, but does let me leave now during the night or at nap time. for the longest time (a year? 18mo?) i had to be with her while she slept. if i wasn't sleepy myself, i'd bring the laptop to bed and surf or read or do some quiet project.<br><br>
i don't think she had any physical issues that caused her to need me, she just needed me near. she's just a little snuggler when she's awake, too, but now she understands that if she can't see mew i'm just in the other room. when she's asleep she sleeps more soundly, too.<br><br>
read about allergies and rule them out if you can, but i think it's perfectly normal for some kids to want mama there while they're sleeping, too.<br><br>
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Here's more info rrr,<br><br>
I did have issues with overactive letdown. I nursed on one side for 4-5 hours, and that seemed to help. About a month ago he seemed to want more, so I started switching sides almost every feeding when he was hungry, but I pretty much just nurse on one side for every feeding. His green stools lately seem to be related to things I've eaten, such as peanutbutter (I'm not eating that anymore), etc. I've tried staying away from dairy and other problem foods, but it's hard. I'm now on a no sugar/no dough diet to try to loose weight, so that might help avoid the flour/wheat. I did try to start him on solids about 3 weeks ago, but that didn't seem to work too well, so he is now off all solids. Just a couple of days ago I tried the rice cereal again after a couple of weeks of being off everything, and he had "frothy" stools (lots of bubbles), so I'm back to just breastfeeding. He just gets so upset when he doesn't get to eat, but I'm going to wait awhile anyway. I'll have to try the acidopholus.<br><br>
I do think this may be a physical problem, but either way I guess I'll just ride it out and let him grow out of it. In the meantime, I might look for a new pediatrician for a second opinion. Thanks everyone for your replies!!
 

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I totally agree with momtwice's post. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jammin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jammin"><br><br>
I'm pressed for time, but just want to add that both my dds were the same way.
 

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it is my experience that pediatricians are just not as specific as you can be in the detective work necessary to figuring out allergy. it takes patient observation.<br><br>
if my grandmother does this, you can, too. she takes a reg. pc. paper and keeps a logue of everything she puts in her mouth. if she has banana on monday, she won't eat it again till friday or saturday. she does this 5 day program with most foods and grains. (she keeps a variety of breads in her freezer so she can take out a pc. at a time), this accomplishes 2 things:<br><br>
1. she reduces the components of banana in her system so that she does not have banana in her system on an ongoing basis. so when she eats it she doesn't get banana overload and have a big reaction. or if she is allergic to banana, constant banana isn't making her reactive to other foods that she might normally tolerate.<br><br>
2.when she introduces banana into her banana-free body, it's very easy to pinpoint a banana reaction.<br><br>
EVEN if you only did the charting and not the elimination diet, it would change your whole awareness. you would really start to notice foods that were bothering either of you. your whole family wd. benefit.<br><br>
packaged and processed foods and sauces will confuse and complicate this. so much hidden gluten and dye and chemical flavor and msg.<br><br>
vanillin is highly allergenic, both as a flavoring and a perfume.<br><br>
i'm glad you'll try the acidopholus. that's an easy improvement. get a refrigerated one.<br><br>
let me know what you think. hope it's not too much.<br><br>
rrr
 
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