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01/10/2013 at 08:23
I don't really know what I'm asking but I know something is not right. R is 2 weeks old, mix fed and has real trouble trying to go to the toilet or pass wind. He gets really red in the face so I know he is trying to go, his belly gets hard and his body goes rigid. His poos are yellow and sometimes runny, yesterday he had diarrhoea. He wakes up about an hour after he has fed in pain, pulls his legs up and into himself and I cant calm him. He isn't losing weight but he is really struggling and I can't stand to see him in agony.
I have googled lactose intolerance and I don't think it's that but I'm not sure. Could it be the formula? I'm giving him aptamil.
any help or advice would be appreciated.
01/10/2013 at 09:12
Have you tried massaging his tummy? Cycling his legs? Does being in the bath help?
01/10/2013 at 10:26
Hmm I would try some gentle massage, cycling legs, circles under the belly button clockwise. It does sound suspiciously like an intolerance/allergy but could also just be wind. Have you tried gripe water/infacol? Someone told me the gentlest formula on the tummy is hipp organic but I'd e wary of changing unless you're sure as thy itself can cause milk upset. I it carries on get to the gp or maybe worth a trip now so you're on the ball
01/10/2013 at 10:35
I've tried massaging. Cycling legs. Warm bath. He is too young for gripe water, I give infacol as well. Nothing seems to help. He just gets so distressed, I hope it is just wind and nothing else. I'm taking him to the Dr this morning as last night he was so unsettled.
01/10/2013 at 11:50
This sounds exactly like my little girl who is 3 weeks today. I've had 2 different diagnosis from the doctors - one said it was reflux, the other said it was colic. We're currently trying comfort milk although my HV has suggested we try the SMA lactose free. I'm thinking of getting some anti colic bottles to see if that helps. We too have tried massage, she has infacol with every feed but none of it seems to be having much of an effect. I really feel for you as I know how horrible it is to see your baby in pain and uncomfortable. Hope it helps to know you're not alone x
02/10/2013 at 04:25
UPDATE - Well I went to the Drs this afternoon as an emergency appointment. I told him that i thought R had a lactose intolerance. He didn't scoff at me like I thought he would but be did say that he thought it was nothing more than wind than anything suspicious. While he was talking to me R did a poo so I went to change his nappy ready to go home and maybe try some different formula to see if that helped. So I took his nappy off and in it there was blood. I showed the dr and he sent us straight to a&e.
After being seen by the dr they diagnosed a cows milk protein allergy.
We were admitted overnight for observations as R continued up have blood in his poo and had very bad diarrhoea, so we were admitted to make sure it was nothing serious. We were given nutramigen and he slept from 12-4 and was the contended I have ever seen him. No crying, screaming, or pain.
Now I have to go on a dairy free diet if I want to carry on breast feeding but I'm not sure I will tbh and will probably go straight onto this specialist formula just to make sure ok cows milk enters his system.
So thank you all for advice and especially Missus S who made me aware of this allergy/intolerance in the first place!!
Always trust your instincts when if comes to your children xx
02/10/2013 at 05:13
Oh P I am so glad they took you seriously so soon. It took me months for them to listen to me and get his milk. What fab drs. If he has some bad episodes in the net week or so don't be disheartened, it can take 2 weeks for all the cows milk to leave his system. Really hope that's the end of it now. If you have any questions please shout. There's a few of us seem to be going/gone through this x
02/10/2013 at 07:15
So pleased it's been diagnosed so early, I hope the nutramigen does it's job xx
02/10/2013 at 07:28
What a great response from your doctor and the doctors at a and e, so good to hear of an intolerance/ allergy being diagnosed so quickly. You very rarely here of that. I'm sorry your poor little man has been so poorly but what great timing to do a poo at the docs. Hope he perks up soon now he's on new milk xx
02/10/2013 at 08:27
Oh P, what a worry it must be for you. I'm so glad that you've been seen and are in the right place to get it sorted. Poor little R. Sending you both lots of vibes. How long are you going to have to stay in for? xx
02/10/2013 at 09:56
Missus s - I didn't know it took a few weeks for it to completely go, thanks. I think I'm going to stop breastfeeding which I'm gutted about as I couldn't do it last time :( but whatever is best for R at the moment. Also is the formula supposed to smell like this? It's nasty!!!
I am so pleased I went to the Drs yesterday. It was the same dr who sent me to a&e in January when my ovarian cyst was discovered!!
Sshh - I doth know how long they will keep us in. Hopefully not another night! This hospital has been amazing and the Drs and nurses are wonderful!
But so are all you girls. Without you I don't know what I would have done
02/10/2013 at 10:04
Didn't see this yesterday, but must have been very worrying for you, but quite fortunate that R did a poo when he did so the GP could see it. Great that you've now got a diagnosis though so things will hopefully get better for R - hope you manage to get home very soon. Don't feel bad if you do decide to stop BFing, it's hard enough to do anyway without having to go on a restricted diet yourself
02/10/2013 at 10:14
I decided to stop expressing too. There's no way I could follow a dairy free diet, especially being veggie already. No guilt though (even though I felt the same) you're doing the best for your baby. And yes these milks are vile! But they don't really know any different luckily
02/10/2013 at 10:36
I really want to keep bring but I feel guilty every one info cause I know it's going to cause him problems. I don't think I could restrict myself diet wise so strictly and I would be conscious all the time in case I accidentally ate something with dairy in it. The formula is settling him and as long as he is happy and content now I'm happy. I feel bad about bfing but I couldn't do it for his sister and it didn't do her any harm so I'm happy with it.
02/10/2013 at 10:54
You really have got to weigh up what's more important. Bf'ing and causing him pain (from the dairy) or formula and having him settled. That did it for me x
02/10/2013 at 11:13
That's what has done it for me too. Literally in the last hour it was like an epiphany to stop bfing.
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