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Question ... Whats more difficult then homeschooling with a refluxy newborn....

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homeschooling with a teething crawling red hed that gets into everything or screams! LOL... we're off to a great start!


by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:46 PM
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almondpigeon
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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ahh!  you're in my house!!  a crawling baby and a ninja todder makes it interesting and fun, lol  you have no idea how many times i have to say, "oh, crap...has anyone seen the baby.  hang on, i'll be right back!" 

Leissaintexas
by Bronze Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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 LOL I have been there too. I told my dh that I couldn't have planned that any worse if I had tried! Puberty, terrible twos and a newborn do not mix well. Of course, it passes, but you don't think you'll survive till it does.

Quoting JerrysMom2011:

Same boat here! Homeschooling a teen, i have a 7 week old, and a 2  year old!!! Awesome


 

Leissaintexas
by Bronze Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

I have a bit of hindsight now, so I can say that as hard as those early years were, it went so fast that it all seems like a fuzzy memory now. Now I'm waiting for the moodiness and defiance that comes with the early teen years to become a distant memory LOL. I'm trying to remember why I was so desperate for them to hurry up and grow! Give me a busy toddler any day!

lovelylady83
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:17 PM


Lily has really bad reflux she still doesn't sleep well but it is tempered by the fact that I cut all the foods that make it worse out of my diet .... (all things dairy).... Keeping her up right was the best I could do.. I wore her in the moby wrap until she hit 20lbs she loved it... would nap in it and everything... I just ordered stuff to make a ring sling because I gave up on the boba and moby since she tries to do back flips out of them... she grabs papers rips at books scretches etc... reflux is the least of my issues now... Lucky you with the nap time though... I am lucky if mine gets a cat nap in!  grrrr.... 

Quoting SMTCMMoore:

I don't know, the refluxy wailing newborn is pretty rough here. My son gets so frustrated that we can't hear each other well. As soon as baby is ACTUALLY asleep, we are both rushing to get stuff done because as soon as baby wakes its back to crying. He's 6 weeks old today, it will pass right?!



lovelylady83
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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playpen she only tolerates for about 15 minutes... there is not much she can get into on the floor... except the tile floor which is our major issue right now... she bonks her head on everything... I guess I would too if my head was that large in comparison to my body but oh my goodness...LOL... I have a few things I am waiting to order to help with the stuff she can get into .... we shall see how that goes!

Quoting debramommyof4:

Play pens and baby gates are your friend at that age.



debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM
Have you tried a backpack carrier when she is not in the playpen? That worked for us for a bit as well.

Quoting lovelylady83:


playpen she only tolerates for about 15 minutes... there is not much she can get into on the floor... except the tile floor which is our major issue right now... she bonks her head on everything... I guess I would too if my head was that large in comparison to my body but oh my goodness...LOL... I have a few things I am waiting to order to help with the stuff she can get into .... we shall see how that goes!


Quoting debramommyof4:

Play pens and baby gates are your friend at that age.




SMTCMMoore
by Melissa on Sep. 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM
Good luck with the ring sling, I may have to try it!

Quoting lovelylady83:


Lily has really bad reflux she still doesn't sleep well but it is tempered by the fact that I cut all the foods that make it worse out of my diet .... (all things dairy).... Keeping her up right was the best I could do.. I wore her in the moby wrap until she hit 20lbs she loved it... would nap in it and everything... I just ordered stuff to make a ring sling because I gave up on the boba and moby since she tries to do back flips out of them... she grabs papers rips at books scretches etc... reflux is the least of my issues now... Lucky you with the nap time though... I am lucky if mine gets a cat nap in!  grrrr.... 


Quoting SMTCMMoore:

I don't know, the refluxy wailing newborn is pretty rough here. My son gets so frustrated that we can't hear each other well. As soon as baby is ACTUALLY asleep, we are both rushing to get stuff done because as soon as baby wakes its back to crying. He's 6 weeks old today, it will pass right?!




kirbymom
by Sonja on Sep. 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM
Parenting a constantly irritable baby is one of the most stressful challenges a new parent can face. What are you supposed to do when your infant is crying inconsolably at 3 a.m. and nothing seems to soothe him or her for more than a few minutes? Friends may tell you your baby is "colicky." You don't care what it's called, as long as there's a way to fix it. Is there? Read on.

What Is Colic?
The definition of colic used by researchers is: "A healthy, well-fed infant who cries for more than three hours per day, for more than three days per week, for more than three weeks."

Unfortunately, colic is not a well-understood condition. Here's what is known:

Colic usually starts at about 2 weeks of age in a full-term infant (or later in a premature infant).
Colic almost always goes away by 3 or 4 months of age.
There is no difference in the prevalence of colic for boys and girls, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, and whether the baby is first born or not.
Scientific studies have shown that children who had colic are no different in terms of personality, mental health, intelligence, etc., than children who never had colic.

What Causes Colic?
Despite many scientific studies, no single common cause for colic has been found. The fussiness of colic has many different causes, and that's why there is no one way to help it.

Some theories of the cause of colic include:

Digestive woes, perhaps due to intolerance of cow's milk protein or lactose
Reflux (heartburn due to stomach acid and milk flowing back into the esophagus)
An immature digestive system in which the intestinal muscles are often in spasm
Air (gas) in the intestinal tract
Increased hormone levels that cause stomachaches or a fussy mood
Hypersensitivity to a stimulation in the environment (sound, light, etc.)
An intense temperament in the newborn period
An immature nervous system
Take note that all of these are only hypotheses, and keep in mind that you are not to blame for your baby's fussiness.

Treating Baby's Colic
Based on your baby's needs, your pediatrician can help you devise a strategy to try to help him or her calm down. This usually means trying one intervention at a time to see if it helps and, if it doesn't in a few days, moving on to another one.

Here, in no particular order, is a list of some of the interventions for colic:

Feeding/Nutrition

Change from one cow's milk formula to another.
Change from a cow's milk formula to a soy formula.
Change from a regular formula to a "predigested," hypoallergenic formula.
Add Lactase to the formula.
Avoid eating certain foods (such as caffeine, milk, certain vegetables) and taking herbal supplements if you are breastfeeding.
Change the type of nipples on your baby's bottle, use bottles with plastic liners, and burp your baby frequently to decrease air swallowing during feedings.
If bottle feeding, try to limit milk intake, and if that doesn't work, avoid limiting milk intake.
If your baby is spitting up, keep him or her upright after feeds.



Quoting SMTCMMoore:

I don't know, the refluxy wailing newborn is pretty rough here. My son gets so frustrated that we can't hear each other well. As soon as baby is ACTUALLY asleep, we are both rushing to get stuff done because as soon as baby wakes its back to crying. He's 6 weeks old today, it will pass right?!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Sep. 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM
Treating Baby's Colic continued...


Changing Sensory Stimulation

Swaddle your baby.
Try more time in a front baby carrier (the kind you wear over your chest).
Take your baby for a ride in the car (but not when you are sleepy!).
Put your baby in the car seat on or near the dishwasher or dryer (be careful the seat doesn't vibrate and fall off!).
Use "white noise" (such as static on the radio or the vacuum cleaner), classical music, or a "heartbeat tape" next to the crib.
Try infant massage.
Put a warm water bottle on your baby's belly.
Have him or her suck on a pacifier.
Soak baby in a warm bath.
Try an infant swing.
Increase or decrease the amount of stimulation in the environment.
Medications

Anti-reflux medicines, if reflux is suspected, may cut down on acid production and/or help to move the milk downstream.
Try giving the baby some herbal tea (e.g., chamomile, mint, fennel, verbena, but NOT star anise, which can be toxic).
Use anti-gas drops
Try giving the baby "gripe water," but check the ingredients first. Most contain only herbs, but some from Europe may have alcohol or even phenobarbital, which, of course, you should avoid.
Although there is limited scientific evidence to support the use of homeopathic drops for colic, some parents report they have helped their colicky baby.

Quoting SMTCMMoore:

I don't know, the refluxy wailing newborn is pretty rough here. My son gets so frustrated that we can't hear each other well. As soon as baby is ACTUALLY asleep, we are both rushing to get stuff done because as soon as baby wakes its back to crying. He's 6 weeks old today, it will pass right?!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Sep. 6, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Oh wow. I had a refluxy/colicky baby once. She lasted a year! I thought I was going to go insane, thank you very much! Lol. All her dr. could tell me was she was healthy and they didn't know what to make of her, she must be a colicky baby and she will grow out of it. Yeah, a whole year later.
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