Ryan's Dr. Appt

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Ryan's Dr. Appt

Ryan had a checkup today. We have been having colic and gas issues with him and I discussed these with his pediatrician. She decided to check his poop to see if there were any trace amounts of blood in his stool. She said this would indicate a milk protein allergy which is what could be causing all his tummy troubles. He has gas ALL DAY LONG and he seriously poops like 15-20 times a day. This is no exaggeration. Everytime he would fart poop would come out and after he would eat then he would completely fill a diaper. So she tested the poop and sure enough there was blood in it Sad So we have to stop breastfeeding and he has been put on a special formula for babies with milk protein allergy. I cried of course because A) I feel guilty that me breastfeeding and doing what I thought was best is what was making him sick and Dirol I love breastfeeding and having that special bonding time with my boy and don't want that taken away. After two bottles of the formula I can already tell a difference in his gassiness and he didn't shoot poop all over the place after he ate. He has slept so soundly after both bottles. I still feel sad that breastfeeding was taken away from us but at the same time I am so relieved that he is going to start feeling better. Life threw us some lemons today so it's time to make some lemonade Smile

He is up to 9lbs 11ozs (8-5 at birth), his head was 37.5cm (35 at birth), and he was 21 1/4 inches long (20.5 at birth). So despite all the tummy issues with the milk you can see that he's a growing boy. He ate 5ozs with both bottles. He's going to be my little linebacker!

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Way to grow Ryan!! I'm sorry about the BF, but I'm glad that his tummy isn't upset anymore, and I know you are too! Congrats on a great check-up otherwise!

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Sorry to hear about BF issue. But way to grow Ryan!

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I'm sorry about the BF'ing - I think you can keep it up if you go dairy free. Which you may not want or be able to do for personal reasons but figured I'd toss it out there in case you didn't know. A good friend recently had to do it - and it wasn't easy especially b/c her daughter was REALLY sensitive (there wasn't trace amounts of blood she had large streaks of it all through diapers it was kind of scary until they figured it out). She had to be careful about butter etc. But she cut out dairy watched what she ate especially if she ate out and made it BF'ing a year. Regardless I'm glad he's feeling better!

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So sorry you can't BF anymore - I understand why you're so upset about it. But you're doing a great job figuring out what caused your little man grief and if he feels better now that's all that counts. :bigarmhug:

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I'm glad you found an answer to all of Ryan's fussiness....sorry that it has to mean no breastfeeding :(. Like a pp said, you can go dairy free and still breastfeed. I think it takes about 2 weeks for all of the dairy to get out of your system so you would be pumping and dumping until then Sad

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As much as I love to breastfeed I know that for me a no dairy diet would be impossible. My sister did it for my niece and she told me it was the hardest thing she's ever had to do. The list of things you can eat is very slim and with having two other kids and a household to take care of I seriously don't have the time to prepare myself a special diet. So I am just going to be happy that I got him the colostrum and we started him on formula. He is doing okay with the formula. His pooping has improved tremendously. He still has a colicky time every night starting around 10pm. He grunts, passes gas, and cries for a few hours. He gives us about a 20 minute break here and there. I am going to buy some gripe water today and hope that it gives him some relief. We do the Mylicon drops but they aren't very effective for him.

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I'm so sorry you have to give up BFing Sad that would break my heart, but I agree with you - going dairy free would be next to impossible. I hope he's feeling a lot better soon.

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If it makes you feel better I always said if Emily had a dairy allergy I couldn't go dairy free either. I'm glad you are seeing some improvement and I hope it gets better.

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Hey Jessicah, was Ryan resistant to feeding at all? My Ryan has started resenting feeding (bottle or breast) and starts screaming and squirming a few minutes into a feed. It's heartbreaking. He's hungry but doesn't want to eat. I noticed two more diapers with tiny specks of blood in them, and green poop. I am going to try and get him into the doctor tomorrow.

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Yes, sometimes he was resistant to feed. Ryan never had any visible blood in his diapers. He was seriously pooping like 20 times a day though and his little butt was raw from it. He was always grunting and sometimes after a feeding he would scream relentlessly for HOURS. And it wasn't the normal fussy cry. It was an "I am in pain" cry. It's definitely worth talking to the doctor about. I wish there was a test to actually check for the allergy. All they did was test his poop and she said if it had blood in it that it usually indicated a milk protein allergy. I worried that what if there was something else wrong and we're just assuming an allergy. But now that he's been on the formula (and he's on cereal because he has really bad reflux) he is a completely different baby. No more screaming fits, no more grunting, or constantly squirming. I am glad we got this figured out early. Sometimes babies go months before they figure out what's wrong with them.

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I am just now seeing this since I've been absent from the boards for a while. Mayleigh poops pretty much every diaper. Not necessarily a lot... sometimes she will have a regular bowel movement and other times there are just squirts in there. I never thought there could be a problem. She was really gassy at the beginning too. She still has gas and some spit up here and there but I assumed it was all normal and she is able to pass it. Do you think I should be concerned about a milk protein allergy with all the poop? There aren't blowouts, not much fussing or screaming or anything like that. Used to be but we seem to be past that.

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Jules, I would say Mayleigh is fine. It was just a gut feeling I had with Ryan and I knew something was wrong. I knew he shouldn't be screaming for hours on end. You could tell he was constantly in pain. BF babies poop alot because their bodies break down the breastmilk more quickly so I say that's why Mayleigh goes so much. Ryan is still a pooping machine. Just not as much as he was. He probably goes about 5 times a day. He still has gas and spits up sometimes but it's more like a normal baby should be. I really don't think you have anything to worry about.

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I agree as long as she seems content and is gaining properly I wouldn't worry about the frequent pooping. The doctor told me today to eliminate dairy as we saw some diapers with little specks of blood in them.

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Just so you know it takes two weeks for the dairy to leave your system. You wouldn't believe the things you eat that has milk in it either. It was crazy! I couldn't imagine eliminating dairy from my diet completely. But it can be done. It will also take awhile for it to leave his system as well.

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I'm sorry you had to go thru this, but soooo glad that Ryan is better!
Did u try the gripe water? We havent had to try it with Allyson yet but i remember using it with Austin and sometimes it worked quite well. The mylicon never helped him.

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I'm so sorry I'm late to responding to this Sad I wanted to say I'm sorry about the news about having to go on formula when you didn't want to. I know that would be hard, but I am so glad he is doing better now.

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Mylicon didn't help him at all either. The gripe water does work pretty well. She gave us a prescription for Zantac for his reflux but told us to try the cereal with his formula first. It worked for awhile but it seems his body adjusted to the cereal and his reflux picked back up again. The last two night have been rough. So I decided to breakdown and give him the Zantac even though I am not too thrilled with the thought of him taking medicine. But I figure it's better to give it to him than him constantly swallowing and crying in pain.

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Jessicah we have Ryan on zantac as well - I HATE giving it to him and almost cry every time, but it's worth a try as reflux can do serious damage. We've been on it for 5 days and I am not sure it has made a difference. He still sometimes cries during eating and won't finish a feed properly. We are trying to decide if we should take him off it to see what happens.

I am planning to see a lactation consultant soon to see if our issues are more behavioural than medical. Good luck!!

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I think the Zantac can take some time to get in their system and regulate the reflux. I don't think it's a quick fix but I could be wrong. I would at least give it a week or two before making any decisions. I've given Ryan 3 doses thus far. Well the third dose he puked about 30 seconds after I gave it to him so it didn't get down. And the damage it can do is the very reason I broke down and gave him the medicine.