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colic, reflux, or just a fussy eater??

Posted by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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My son is now 4 months old.  From the beginning, he seemed kind of colicky, but he would always be happy eating.  Right after his 2 month check-up he started getting really fussy during feedings.  He would eat one or two ounces, then push the bottle out of his mouth and start arching his back and crying.  The whole feeding process would take forever because he would keep fighting...but keep wanting to eat at the same time. 
We changed 3 times.  We found one he would eat better, but would spit up more. Then, after a couple weeks, he started being fussy again at feedings.  I tried holding him differently, burping more, burping less, waiting longer between feedings, feeding as soon as he seemed hungry, gas drops, rocking....nothing makes a difference.  He also is not a very good sleeper.  He generally takes 20-30min naps and wakes up many times during the night.  Just within the past week he seems to be taking at least one hour-hour and a half nap per day.  He cries A LOT.  He cries during feedings, when you change his diaper, when you are trying to get him to go to sleep, and doesn't really want to be put down.  This is extremely exhausting considering I also have a 2yr old.  At his 4 month check-up I asked the doctor about reflux, since some of his symptoms seemed to match.  He said if I wanted we could try a prescription medication, but it is hard to actually diagnose a baby with reflux (everything was fine with his check-up, weight included).  We have been using the medicine with him for a week now and there is no difference really except he seems not to spit-up as much....still fights and cries during feedings. 
Has anyone else ever experienced this? I have never seen or heard of a baby having so much trouble eating before simple frown

by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

gripe water does is great for this..

by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I'm very sorry that you are experiencing this :(.   I have had babies with colic but they did not cry during feedings.  That makes me think something more serious is going on.  I would get a second opinion from another dr.  If no health issue is found, I would try yet another formula like one of those special ones...sorry I have only BF so I don't know all the names but I'm thinking nutramigen or another one...the name escapes me.

by Michelle on Jul. 12, 2012 at 1:22 PM

I was thinking reflux but if the meds aren't really working, I probably go back to the doctor. Hope they figure something out soon!

by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Another option is looking for donor breastmilk if you are unable to BF.  

by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM
I would honestly go back and get a referral to a specialist. With the fact you have changed formulas and he is taking meds and still nothing. It's time to make sure nothing else is going on.

His sleeping patterns. How do you lay him down? Back, side, or tummy?

Will he sleep on you or in your arms?
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by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

My baby is 3 wks old and in the hospital since birth, he was on a feeding tube and would only eat 1 or maybe 2 oz at a time, and they would force the rest down in a tube : ( He hatesd it and would scream . He was taking similac at the time, i fought with the drs and got him on enfamil geltlease which he would take but was extremeley and still is gassy, we tried the drops which only work once in a while, I was interested in the type of meds yhe dr prescribed you bcause they tell me there is nothing they can give my baby and he is in extrme pain when eating, but we are now trying soy, just started it today, did you ever give that a shot? Or maybe a hypo-allgenic formula? i am a st time mom so maybe I don't know much but I do know my baby has terrible stomach pains from gas and they ytell me there is nothing they can do!!!  They say they grow out of it but it is sooo heartbreaking and friustrating to watch your baby in pain or crying constantly, I would get a 2nd opinion because as a mom you just know when there is something wrong, I hope you get some answer , its verrry frustrating when you can't, and you have to watch them  and feel helpless : ( i am sorry I hope your lil ne feels better and you find somwhitng that works

by on Jul. 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

 My sister has a DD like this and the only formula that has helped her and caused her to improve is Similac Alimentum (sp?)

by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

My youngest, who is now 10 months old, was the very same way. I was so exhausted the first 7 months of his life and he would scream and I would scream right along with him. He was also put on meds around 4 months and it didn't help. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed by it, cuz I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. I just tried to comfort him as much as I could, and all I can say is with time it got better. I thought I would lose my mind before that time, but it eventually came. Suddenly at 7.5 months, he started taking better naps and sleeping longer at night. I was always very careful when we started solids that he didn't eat greens or sweet potatoes, anything that would trigger gas. I always used gas drops with each bottle. 

Now at 10 months he still has a few gas issues, but I keep him away from foods that trigger. Formula is fine now, but he gets easily constipated so he drinks a little prune juice each morning with his oatmeal. He now doesn't even get rocked before naps and bedtime, I can kiss him goodnight and lay him down and he puts himself to sleep. One thing that worked for us also is a pacifier, I was pretty much adamantly against them until I had a baby that didn't get much comfort from anything and cried so much. I don't regret giving him a pacifier though, because it has helped. 

Good luck, and know that it WILL get better. Just take one minute, one hour, one day at a time.

by on Jul. 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM
I would request a specialist to rule out anything else.
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