October Infants and Toddlers

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    Haha Pugs, my husband said the same thing (about the laundry!)

    Question: DD is 26 months and over the last week she's developed the habit of telling us her tummy hurts - sometimes in the morning, but sometimes at night (bedtime). We feel her tummy and their doesn't seem to be bloating or gas, and she's a great eater - tons of healthy food so we know it's not hunger (except maybe in the morning?). We think she's just wanting some extra attention and cuddles. So how do I get her to break this habit and just ask for the extra cuddles, or maybe she just doesn't understand what she is saying?

     
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    Pugs - my DS is 19 weeks and we are right there with you.  He STTN for weeks and the past 4 nights has been up at 2:15 am on the dot.  I think it's a hunger/growth thing at the moment and hoping it works itself out.  As for the cry it out, we try to gauge DS's cries, I can tell his pain cry due to gas, I will go into him right away and burp him and then get him back down.  Sometimes he's just fussing in which case we wait it out for 5 minutes (well that's the plan, I think we've made it to 3 minutes) and if he doesn't quiet down on his own we rub his belly but dont pick him up.  So far that's working for us.  There are also some times when he just gets himself so worked up that I know he won't be able to get back to sleep on his own and so I cave and rock him back to sleep.  Good luck, especially with starting back to work.  I've been back for over a month now but the last 4 nights with at least one wake up have totally taken a toll on me!

     
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    Hi all--

    I don't have time to read through everyones posts, I will later tonight.

    It's been a little stressful around here. DD was put on Zantac last Friday because her spitting up got pretty frequent. Well, it didn't work out, she would literally throw up everytime we gave it to her. So now we are going to try Prilosec. She lost 2oz, and is down to the 9th percentile in weight. I am so stressed about this, it's actually become an obsession....ugh.

    Any advice, or empathetic stories about others LO's who have/had weight problems would be highly appreciated!!!!

     

    ETA: just to give an idea...she is 3 months old and only 10.5lbs.

     
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    Liz, sorry you're dealing with the reflux...obviously you've been over this with the pedi, but is it true reflux (painful) or just excessive spit up? Could it be something like pyloric stenosis? I only ask because spitting up a lot isn't necessarily reflux.....my DD was on Zantac for a short time but it didn't really change how much she spit up, it just made it less painful for her.


    Anyways, I hope you find something that works and keeps your DD happy and healthy!

     
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    In response to lizinboston's comment:
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    Hi all--

    I don't have time to read through everyones posts, I will later tonight.

    It's been a little stressful around here. DD was put on Zantac last Friday because her spitting up got pretty frequent. Well, it didn't work out, she would literally throw up everytime we gave it to her. So now we are going to try Prilosec. She lost 2oz, and is down to the 9th percentile in weight. I am so stressed about this, it's actually become an obsession....ugh.

    Any advice, or empathetic stories about others LO's who have/had weight problems would be highly appreciated!!!!

     

    ETA: just to give an idea...she is 3 months old and only 10.5lbs.

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    Liz, you've probably already gone through all this, but just in case-- have you tried different formulas with DD, particularly the hypoallergenic kinds?  One of my friends' kids has a milk AND a soy allergy.  When she was a baby (she's 5 now), my friend ended up getting a prescription from the pedi for some super-fancy formula that totally did the trick.  I guess the prescription makes it covered by insurance so you don't have to shell out the $$$$ at walgreen for the fancy formula.  I imagine you've already tried troubleshooting like that, though.  Good luck. 

     
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    Sorry Liz - Hope you figure something out soon!

    Pugs - It sounds like DS might like to sleep in a tighter space?  Maybe you could try swaddling if you don't already?  Sorry if you've already mentioned that, hard to keep track!

     
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    Regarding reflux- so sorry to hear you are dealing with this, I completely understand what you are going through Liz. My DD had terrible reflux the first 3 months. She couldn't eat with out screeching in pain. I supplemented with formula from the beginning due to supply issues, and we tried EVERY formula out there- GentleEase, Similac Sensitive, Nutramigen,  etc. We also got her  on zantac, then prilosec. Nothing worked! The only thing that helped was Maalox. A few minutes before I would give her the bottle, I would give 1.5 ML of maalox in a syringe. The NP at the pediatrician's office recommended it to us, and it was a life saver! We finally saw a GI specialist, but at that point (about 4 months) she had started to outgrow it. Best of luck to you, I know that feeling of obsession over it, its awful seeing them in so much pain. I hope it gets better ASAP.

     
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    Liz, I have spent quite a few whole days with my friends' triplets who are your DD's age, and I've coined those days Spit-Up-O-Ramas.  All three of them douse many bibs, shoulders, and blankets, every day many times a day. They were 4 lb preemies so weight gain has been a big concern since they were born, but as far as I know they are doing fine and I'd know if mom was worried about it; we're very close, and I'm there 9 - 10 hours at a time.  She's been through this before, though, and I can only imagine it's easier in some respects the second time around even if that means having your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th babies at once the second time.  If it weren't for the constant flow of spit up her washing machine might have gotten a break in these last few months, but as it is it's constantly running...like she is!

    I know this isn't terribly concrete, but hopefully you'll find it a little comforting.  I'm sure your lo will grow and thrive even if it's at a slower pace than average, and your pedi would have admitted her to the hospital for IV sustenance to remedy a life threatening problem, don't you believe?

     
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    Thanks for all your replies i.e. DD's reflux. I have no idea what it is, I think the pedi is just playing around with ideas right now. She doesn't want to switch formulas just yet, but maybe that will be the next step if Prilosec doesn't work.

    Yes Kar, if it were something very serious, they would have taken drastic measures, but right now it's just slow weight gain. They did say that they truly believe that she will catch up and one day I will look back and it will be a distant memory. She is right on track developmentally, so that is good news!

     
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    That's great, Liz.  I don't know how to say this without sounding dismissive of your fears, which I'm not, but I honestly think she'll continue to be perfectly fine from what you've told us and it's more an emotional battle on your part than a serious physical issue on dd's.  you're doing great and have successfully handled motherhood one day at a time for nearly 4 months.  And, like your dd, you'll continue to do great.  Many babies have things that need to be overcome that every parent would find stressful.  Try to rest assured in your pedi's knowledge and experience with these things...they've seen it many times before with all the other babies on that side of the growth curve with reflux and, therefore, know how these issues eventually work themselves out.  The more you can do this the less it will tax your emotional health reserves and you'll have more energy to enjoy or at least manage this time in her life effectively without being dragged too far down.

     
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    Liz: My kids are both skinny, DS has been as low as the 1st percentile for weight.  I didn't have the spit-up issue you have, but I can definitely understand the obsession over weight gain.  And now that both mine are over 1 year old I must say that I agree with your doctor that this will soon be a distant memory.  

    Does anyone have any tried and true recipes that will help me use some of the 20,000lbs of apples we picked over the weekend?  TIA!

     
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    ML- DD was in the habit of saying ouch all the time and it is hard to know if it is real or attention.  We figured it out to be attention because she would only do it when it was just me and my DH.  She never being around other people.  But, she does say ouch a lot in her sleep with concerned DS but I asked the doctor about it and she said it is probably in her dreams so a sign of night terros.

     

    Regarding skinny kids, Took DS yesterday for his 15 mon checkup.  Only weights 19 lbs.  Down from 5% to 2%.  Doctor not worried because now he is walking and burning a lot of calories.  He did go up to 31% in height and still has a big squash at 95%.   She also assured me he is in perfect health, and a typical second child, and a boy.  She was happy he could say a few words and said that he is absolutley normal.  He got 4 shots, holy moly.  Poor Kid.  DD also got the flu shot when she was there and was not a happy camper but after kept saying it was not so bad adn it was just a little pinch.  Doc gave me a heads up that the 4 and 5 year checksup  get a lot of shots.  Cant wait for that :-).  These poor kids. 

     
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    Really quick and easy, apple pie sauce:  Zest a whole lemon, set aside in small bowl.  Peel, core, and slice 8 apples into 8 slices each, tossing them in a large bowl with the juice of the zested lemon at room temp (to get all the juice) as you go. Add to the small bowl with the zest 3 tablespoons flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp salt, whisk together.  Add to apples and coat evenly.  Bake in a covered dish (or two) at 400 for 40 minutes or until apples are soft and mixture is bubbly.  It will totally ruin you for plain apple sauce, lol, so beware!

    Actually, I put the apples in ramekins and top them with pie crust, but that's far more of a time consuming pita. If you want my crust recipe let me know.  Appe pie, tarts, turnovers...I always use the same filling and cook the leftovers in a covered baking dish as above alongside whatever else.

     
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    Liz - do you know what her weight for height is?   Also , she lost 2 ounces in what period of time?  If she is 2 ounces down in a month I would be concerned but if it is just days between visits I would be less so.  I am a pediatrician.  I pull the trigger and refer to Gi when there is weight loss.  I think it is very reasonable to ask to see GI if her weight doesn't increase . Pyloric stenosis usually presents earlier than 4 months but always is a consideration.  I have seen kiddos with milk allergy present this way.  Do me a favor, at your next visit bring in a stool and ask that it be tested for blood if this has not already been done .If there is no blood in the stool, it makes milk protein allergy less likely.

    Hope that helps.

     
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    ML-is it perhaps DD's way of sayign she has to go to the bathroom? DS started saying that around that time. So I sad him down on the toilet and encouraged him to try, he might feel better. And he would have a BM then be happy as a could be. I never checked to see if his tummy was hard. From that point on he was trained for BM with us at home-he wouldn't tell his teachers at school. So if you haven't already gotten the little toilet, grab one and see how it goes. Even if it's some attention while she tries it may lead to some potty training.

    Liz-no imput on the reflux/spitting up. But I do have a good friend whose son has a significant milk allergy resulting in bad reflux. They found a plan that worked for him, it did take some playing around with different things. but now he's a happy healthy 4 year old. As for the skinny kids, DS was average as a baby, but as a toddler dipped as low as the 1% for weight, while at the 95% for height. This got him a gasp and "my, you are skinny" from an ER doctor once. But he's always been perfectly fine! His doctor has never shown any concern about his weight gain. Once you get the reflux/spitting up under control she will gain like a champ.

    AFM: DD is officially a walker! She really started walking all over the place this past weekend. Prob is she's so much quieter than when crawling, so she'll sneak up on ya and get into trouble! It's sad to see my baby growing out of being a baby. Sniffle. Bed times have been more interesting since she just runs around in her crib and won't settle down. She is also proving to be quite the climber-sooo not ready for that!

     

     
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    ML - if you can rule out potential causes of sore tummy (gas, needing to go to the bathroom) and she's eating well, I would not be surprised if it's attention, especially if she does it at bedtime a lot.

    My DD does a similar thing where she says her teeth hurt and she needs medicine.  We definitely gave it to her too much, but then when we saw her 2 yo molars were pretty much in, we told her we didn't need it any more because her teeth were all strong.  Long story short, she still asks for medicine at bedtime or if she wakes up in the night, and if I ask her why, she'll say her teeth hurt.  I think it's a combination of stalling/attention, and possibly sometimes that something else is bothering her (tummy, say), and she thinks medicine will make her feel better, but she doesn't know how to express it fully.

    I think we're getting ready to potty train soon.  On daycare days, DD does not p00p all day long and then does it as soon as we get home.  I'm 99% sure she's withholding (possibly not on purpose), since on days at home she usually does it either right before or right after nap.  Lately at home, too, she'll often go to another room or a corner to get it done.  :)

     
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    Hi ladies, do you mind if I join you? I announced our DS on the September pregnancy boards but haven't made it over here yet. Sorry, I haven't had a chance to read through this thread yet to see how everyone is doing.
    I have a question about rolling over. When did your LO's roll over from tummy to back for the first time? At our 5 week appointment, DS's pediatrician commented on how strong he was when she put him on his tummy. Today during tummy time he actually rolled over! He'll be 6 weeks tomorrow - I thought this normally doesn't happen until at least 3 months?

     
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    trouble- I made this recipe a while back and remember it being really good.

    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/articles/2010/11/24/caramel_apple_pie/?camp=pm


    If you want a different twist on caramel apples, try these:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/winning-recipe-caramel-apple-cupcakes-with-vanilla-bean-cream-cheese-frosting-recipe/index.html

     

    And welcome, cici! My DD rolled tummy to back around the same time, and did it for a couple weeks, then suddenly stopped and hasn't done it since (she's now 16 weeks). Now she sometimes tries to go back to belly, but hasn't managed it yet.

     
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    LIL, we did have her stool tested and it came back negative. We have an appointment on Tuesday, so I am going to ask her about the GI issue. Thank you!

    Oh, and she lost 2 ounces in about 1.5 weeks, so it was a short time span.

     
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    Great Liz.  Glad you have those answers. The 2 ounces in 1 1/2 weeks is much less worrisome than losing over a longer period of time when she should have gained weight.  Good luck!

     

    Cici - Welcome!  I think it happens early for some babies but usually it does not persists like summer said . I certainly wouldn't worry about it.

     
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    Liz - have your tried having your DD sit up right?  While I do not have any experince with reflux but I have heard if babies are sleeping with an incline it seems to help.  Just an idea...

    Cici - DS, who is 15 weeks, rolled over about that time.  And same as luck and summer wrote, DS  rolled over a couple of time and then stopped.  And when he turns over it is from his stomach to his back. 

    I am thinking about holding off on trying rice ceral until DS is 6 months.  From what I have been reading BM feed babies can wait until 6 months.  And babies digestive track is not fully developed and allergies can become a concern.  Ofcaorse I am going to talk to the pedi about at his 4 month appt.

    When did you start feeding solids to your LO? 

     
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    Hello ladies, I need some pumping advice.  I EP (have since 3 weeks) and DS is 20 weeks now.  I've decided to stop pumping at work but would still like to pump in the morning and at night for another month or two.  How do I go about cutting out the pumping at work?  I was pumping twice a day - 10 or 11 am and 3 or 4 pm but I've cut back the past two weeks to just one session around 12 or 1 pm.  Should I just cut out that session all together? Also, will my supply stay up for my morning and evening pumping?  Thanks for any advice!

     
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    CLC, I found BFing was all over once I stopped pumping at work, my supply just dwindled. If you are ready/comfortable to wean I say go for it, but if you do want to continue BFing, I'd keep the noon session at least.  Other's may have different experiences but that was mine. I'd say time between not pumping at work and weaning was about 3 weeks.

    Cici, so glad to see you here!

    KAM and Med - Geniuses, both of you. I'm definitely going to try having her sit on the potty. She will ask to sit on the potty to pass gas so maybe BMs will come first! :)

    Liz - I am sorry to hear of your worries and wish I had advice for you. Please know you will be in my thoughts.

     
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    CLC - I just saw a similar question to a LLL support group I belong to and they also said that the long gap (9+ hours) without pumping or nursing could impact your supply... So that is a real risk you do face and really consider the pros and cons especially at the age your LO is... I know you have been pumping for a while and hard to keep up - I pumped for over a year and was so tired of it. But that gap during the day especially if you don't pump at night - you will need to be aware that this is a real risk. Breast milk is really a supply and demand system - so stopping that noon session will make your body think you do not need as much and it will adjust accordingly. 

     
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