Weeks 4 & 5 Summary

Max is now 5 weeks old, so it is time for his 4 week summary from last week.

Sleep has been about the same; a 2.5-3 hour routine, waking between 2:30-6:00am for a snack, then back to sleep until 7:00 to start our day.

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Well, I was trying to write the 4 week summary during week 5.  But week 5 was so rough, I didn’t get it done.

When Max went to his newborn checkup, we knew he had some reflux.  This is really normal, and as long as it doesn’t bother baby, there is nothing to really worry about.  Most babies outgrow it; Lexie had a mild case of reflux, we even had an upper GI test done on her, but we never prescribed meds.  She was diagnosed around 2 months and at 3 months I started cereal to help keep it down; she was already sleeping through the night it was just her days were so horrible with crying for hours.

Well …. Mister has decided to follow in her footsteps a bit early.  At 5 weeks old, which was October 8, Max stopped sleeping during the day (but still slept 8-10 hours at night…)  
His symptoms were choking and coughing after feedings; even 3 hours after a feeding.  He would pull off when we nursed, arch his back and cry .. but then over eat from the bottle to comfort himself, which in turn caused the reflux and gas pains to be worse.  He wasn’t really spitting up that much, it was more silent reflux, with occasional spitting up.  The spit up would be clear with white in it; come to find out that is the stomach acid with milk in it.  Normal baby spit up is just mostly milk.  So the poor little guy was miserable and during the day so were Mommy and Lexie.  

The doctor gave us some Zantac to try.  It seems to help, but I ordered some ColicCalm, because I’d like to get him off the Zantac if I can.  It messes up the natural bacteria in baby’s tummy (because it nuetralizes the acid) and can cause constipation and even worse gas than he already has.  The poor kid doesn’t need anymore issues!  We are also trying a tiny bit of oatmeal in his bottles; I really didn’t want to do this, but after 4 days on the Zantac, which is helping with the burning sensation, he is still choking during naps from the reflux coming up.  So we are hoping the oatmeal will keep it down.  If it doesn’t work we will not keep doing it; he already sleeps so well at night I don’t want to risk anything hurting his tummy more or causing issues that interrupt the only rest he gets.

I really, really thought we were in the clear because he was so happy, so sleepy, so hungry … then the reflux flared.  So, I am trying to go as natural as possible, but we may have to stay on the (very expensive) Zantac.  Maybe this week will be better…

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