Do any of you other mommies have any suggestions on dealing with tummy problems? I'm at my wit's end right now and I just want to make Brennan feel better, but nothing seems to help. It's killing me.
Bear with me while I try to explain... Brennan has always been an extremely gassy baby. He's also always had what seemed to be more reflux/spitting up than average, but he was such a happy baby that I didn't worry about it. He was happy & growing, and all was well. That has started to change, and it seems like it's mostly been since I went back to work & we started supplementing with formula. He spits up more (occasionally projectile vomiting, but not often) and spits up larger amounts. His gas is worse and nearly impossible to pass. Mylicon doesn't do much, and neither does gripe water. There are times that he cries constantly or off and on for hours at a time. He'll act like his tummy hurts - arching his back, refusing to feed, etc. He is only comfortable in the football hold, laying facedown on my lap or draped over my arm with pressure on his stomach - if he's comfortable at all. Many times he's pretty much inconsolable & just cries himself to sleep in our arms. He's also woken up in the middle of the night several times, screaming like his stomach hurt. A few days ago was one of his worst days ever. He cried off and on (way more on :() from noon until 9 pm. Nothing helped. He would breastfeed a little, then cry like his stomach hurt. He burped several times and spit up a fair amount, but getting the gas out didn't seem to relieve his pain. He still kept crying no matter what we did, and we tried everything. He would wear himself out crying and sleep for 15 minutes or so, then wake up crying. He'd act like he wanted to eat and then when he did, he acted like his stomach hurt.
The day after that episode, I called my doctor's office & got an immediate appointment. Brennan had lost 4 oz in 10 days, which concerned his dr. He did some xrays & ordered an u/s for him to be sure that he didn't have pyloric stenosis or some type of obstruction. Everything looked good. The only thing we learned from the imaging & from talking with his dr was that the images showed A LOT of gas in his digestive tract (much more than average is what the dr said) and that for some unknown reason, food is sitting in his stomach for long periods of time. He will often spit up 2 hours after a feeding, which is one reason the doctor was concerned about an obstruction or stenosis. On the day of the u/s, the techs kept commenting that his belly was really full and asking what time he'd last eaten, since they'd asked us to skip the last feeding before the appt. Our u/s was at 12 & when we asked the babysitter, she said she had finished feeding him at 8:45. Yet no one can tell me why 1 feeding is staying in his stomach for over 3 hours, because everything looked good in both the xrays and the u/s.
So for all intents and purposes, nothing is wrong with him. They are calling it colic, which (as much as I adore his dr) pi$$es me off. All that means is that they don't know what the heck is going on, IMO. I've never been a believer in colic. Babies don't cry for no reason. He's crying because something is wrong. Something hurts. I don't need a medical degree to tell me that there's something wrong. I just don't know what it is or how to fix it. Mylicon & gripe water do little for the gas. I thought maybe the formula was a problem, especially since he has a HUGE patch of eczema covering his left cheek (which I know sometimes goes hand in hand with sensitivities and allergies), but switching to soy didn't help and the gentle formula with reduced lactose didn't seem to, either. He also doesn't have some of the other allergy symptoms, like diarrhea or blood in the stools. Several people (including a couple of nurses I know) have mentioned GERD. I asked Bren's dr about that and he said that it is possible, but he really won't medicate for it unless the child isn't growing and thriving. I wanted to cry when he told me that. I don't want Brennan on unnecessary medication, but I also don't want him to suffer if I can fix it. I'm seriously at the point where if any of the reflux meds came in liquid or orally disintegrating forms OTC, I would freakin' medicate him myself. (Which is probably why they don't sell those forms OTC, I'm sure.) I'm just so frustrated, and so tired of seeing him hurt that I would try just about anything.
If you made it this far, thank you. If anyone has any ideas, thoughts or theories, I'd love to hear them. I'm so stressed that earlier during one of his crying jags, I sat down & cried with him for a few minutes. :help1: