Monday, October 09, 2006

beans + baby = unhappiness

Looooooong time to be MIA. I'm not sure if anyone is even checking in here these days. But here goes just the same.

So after a week (or so) of screaming/puking while eating, sleeping, and being awake, the butterfly was diagnoised with acid reflux. Dr. Google scared the pee out of R and me as we were reading things like, "it should subside by 12 to 18 months" and then I read that some babies with acid reflux were puking up to 30 times a day and I thought, thank god that's not me. I just can't imagine. Poor babies, poor mommies.

We got a script for baby zantac and DL did NOT like it. She did not like it here or there. She did not like it anywhere. Not in a box or with a fox. You get the idea.
So after a few doses I just stopped giving it to her. It didn't seem to work anyway.

...and the baby continued to scream and puke. Puke and scream. And then Daddy goes to La La land for THREE nights. "Help!" screamed mommy. To the rescue came L. Thank God for L. She came over and packed us up and whisked us both away to the city. At least if DL was going to scream there would be some help. L&M could help try to soothe the seemingly un-sooth-able.

L called a doula that does craniosacral work. She was available immediately and was there in a matter of hours. She asked for the background. Baby girl, 4.2 weeks early, sleepy in the beginning, lost too much weight, seems to be thriving now, BUT puking/screaming on the boob and off the boob, diagnosed with acid reflux, feeding her sitting up (HARD to do with a wobbly infant,) not boucing her or patting her to prevent things from jiggling up, etc. etc. Oh, and I had stopped eating dairy.

Well this woman in two seconds figured out what the doctor in two visits could not. She said, "I don't think this is acid reflux. I think this is gas. BAD gas." And then she went to work. Gently moving her hands up and down DL's spine. It was incredible. This baby that had been clenched up in a ball just relaxed. Her tiny fists opened up and her arms fell heavy by her sides. And then the doula starts telling me, "No broccoli, no colliflower, no spicy food and DEFINITELY no legumes/beans..." "WHAT! OMG! I have been eating bean burritos.
Ev-er-y. Day. Foraweek." I mean they were easy to pop in the microwave inbetween the screaming/puking festival we had going on over here. Duh. Mama. Duh. Poor DL. How could your mommy be so stupid?

No more beans = a much MUCH happier baby. She still screams and she still pukes. But it's so much more calm than before and just normal baby stuff.

Like I said, "Thank God for L. What would I do without her?"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are doing better...
Birth Story???

5:21 AM  
Blogger stockingup99 said...

A certain amount of screaming and spitting up are normal for a month old baby.

Did the doc con you into anything but breastmilk? The flouride or vitamin drops are known to cause trouble.

Also, are you taking the ARA, DHA crap that that formula comany is promoting. Those supplements for nursing moms are highly suspect. Very little research has been done, and it points to olestra like symptoms.

Have you heard of the crying hour? Most babies have a fussy time in the evening when not much will help. Hang in there is gets much better. has a great Lactivist forum for help. has lots of great BF advice.

Just my two cents, you've probably heard it all before.

Have your considered a rotation diet to track down food allergies?

11:35 AM  
Blogger davispigeon said...

oh wow. SO SO glad someone figured that out for you.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous figlet said...

Ok - two weeks later. How's Miss DL???? How are you? Surviving without bean burritos? I have a toddler who devours black beans like they're going out of style. And then I pray I don't need to pull out the Mylecon drops that night. It's 50/50 with her. But the beans. She loves them so.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Alison said...

I am a huge believer in craniosacral work for children (and adults). It is proven to be highly effective for colic, sleep, and behavioural issues. I understand it is hard to find good ones in the states, but I am so glad you found someone.

9:50 PM  

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