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Jun 28, 2008
Cooper was born 12/19/07. Birth weight: 7lbs10oz. Weight as of 2/11: 8lbs9oz. 6/23: 14lbs12oz! Struggling again 12mo: 18lbs. Breast Fed exclusively, on strict elimination diet until Dec 08. MSPI as well as other food intolerances Diagnosed w/ GER at 5 days following barium swallow. Choking with apnea spells. Ftt. dx w/ Laryngomalacia following brochoscopy 1/29. Aspiration. apnea monitor until 5mo. pH probe 1/29 showed severe reflux. Sandifers Syndrome. lbrady and tackycardia. echo and EKG 2/18: Came back normal! Swallow study 2/29: some NG reflux. Unexplained seizure 4/1. Negative CF sweat test 4/4! EGD 11/19: reflux damage in esophagus. pH probe 11/19, reflux improved. Safe foods: pears, apples, peas, rice, small amounts of chicken, potatoes, and carrots.
Currently drinking Elecare vanilla 30cal/oz and breastmilk.
Meds: Nexium 10mg 2x daily. Carafate as needed, miralaxx as needed, probiotics daily
Help! how to survive teething?
I don't know how I'm going to make it. thank God I've finally had a moment to get on the board and get some much needed support. Sorry again that I haven't been around. I do think of each and everyone of you often, but our lives have just been so crazy lately. I haven't even blogged much. Cooper's second tooth came in yesterday. He is very cranky and not sleeping well at all. He is nursing all the time. He is biting me frequently too, and with two teeth, it has brought me to tears. I just take him off and tell him not to bite mommy, but he's 6mo old, it's not like he really gets it. My nipples are so sore. At night, he starts in his crib, but has only been lasting a few hours tops. Then I bring him in our room in bed to nurse. He nurses so long until I fall asleep. He is pretty much nursing all night long, so my sleep has been anything but restful. Then at 6-7am, he's ready to get up. He usually fusses unless he's eating. I give him tylenol, but I don't know how much it really helps. He is also very worn out from trying so hard to crawl. It's just like everything happens at once. I'm sore, tired, and depressed. And Dh took an xtra shift at work all next week and won't get in until 3:30am. There goes my morning help! Any advice (other than cio) greatly appreciated. I'm so run down, I just don't know what to do!
Jun 28, 2008
Jakie and Sammy's Mommy. They were 32 week preemies- both with lots of issues. Jake has a TE Fistula and EA. Sam has a unilateral cleft lip and palate and a hypospadias. They have both had too many corrective surgeries than I'd like to mention. They are such brave little men!
One thing I have done with my boys that our ENT thought was a good idea was to wet the corner of a washcloth and put in fridge- after cooled, give it to them. Its cold so its soothing and its a washcloth, so it wont break or anything and you can just throw it in the washer when he's done with it. The other thing I have tried is using a piece of cooled fruit (cut up apple) for my boys to "gum". The only thing with that is at first I had to hold the pieces for them as they weren't too keen on holding it themselves. They liked that alot. Hope it helps!
Jun 28, 2008
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
We're doing the teething thing too. Maggie has been miserable this morning. she won't keep anything in her mouth...maybe he will. Have you tried the mesh bags? You could put frozen fruit in one of those. That might feel good on his gums. Maggie always liked frozen banana or mango in hers. You could really freeze anything he eats and put it in there.

As far as the sleeping/nursing issue. I bfed but I would have dh go in to her the times that I knew she didn't need to nurse. That way she didn't expect it from me. She woke a lot during the night and just needed to be readjusted in her crib or to have her paci back. Then when she decided she didn't want to be rocked any more, I did cio.

Jun 28, 2008
seamus' mama
Seamus was born 7/6/07, one month early with Silent Reflux. Zantac since 3 weeks old, currently taking herbs and probiotics.
Hi there Teething can really be no fun for the family. A few things that have worked for us are frozen washcloths to gnaw on, and a topical herbal compound with clove,spilanthes,white willow bark, cow parsnip, and chamomile. It really gives him relief. An herbalist makes it here locally..Maybe you can order some.The company is Alpine Meadow Botanicals and their phone number is (707)826-7762. Good luck !
Jun 28, 2008
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Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I agree with pp's. Have you asked about ibuprophen? It worked better than tylenol for mine.

They make "nipple shields" for breastfeeding. They are mainly to help get a good latch but they can protect you from biting too. You can't use them forever though b/c they can sometimes decrease supply if you use them too long. If there is a time that he is the worst about biting you might ask your lactation consultant if it might be a good idea. And Lansinoh, lansinoh lansinoh.

Do you have a swing? Mine loved to swing when they were crabby. hth. ((HUGS))
Jun 28, 2008
Jennifer - 1st time mom. Lauren (6/1/07) diagnosed 9/07 with GER at 3 1/2 months. Prevacid 7.5 mg in the am. Currently drinking whole milk and eating great!!
No longer aspirating! Yippee!
Picture: Why would Lauren play with the hundreds of dollars worth of toys scattered in my living room?!?! When she could play in a box! Estimated move date: Oct. 3rd!
I don't really have any advice for you about teething, Lauren only has two and I was about to lose my mind when she got those...BUT I just wanted to say that I love the new picture of Cooper! He is getting to be such a big boy! I also think he looks a lot like you!
Jun 28, 2008
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
Do I know about teething - we're in month 6 of teething and only have 2 so far. Some things I've found a bit helpful - the washcloth, both cold AND warm at different times, letting her chew on a toothbrush (either end seems to work!), letting her chew on sippy cups (I just toss them if they get raggedy, and we don't use these to drink with) and ibuprofen/motrin.

Is the reflux still under control? There can be pretty bad reflux flares with teething, and I found a dose of maalox seemed to help when my dd's extremely crabby...((HUGS))

Jun 28, 2008
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
hi there, glad to hear from you. first off, your son is so adorable. that is amazing that he is sitting up so well also. did you ever do any PT with him? We start next month for coy's tightness.. i remember @ the beginning everyone was concerned about his weight as well. guess what? he weighs only 1/2 pound less than coyle!! and he's 4 months older than your little man (adjusted of course). ... so, he must be a BF champ! way to go Cooper on the weight gain!! i'm so glad that he's doing better.

anyho. as far as teething-coyle has 4 and 2 more are currently breaking the surface. i've not slept in oh-forever. i tried tylenol but it doesn't do much and i've read that motrin can upset tummies-and well we have enough of that of course. wet washclothes, pacis to chew on, ice inside of a munchkin safe feeder ( i freeze pear is a sticky mess but he LOVES it), lots of walks, sleeping with mommy, and holding.

as far as the biting, @ that age they actually do get it. i never BF but coyle still bites me everywhere else. if you unlatch him and then tell him no biting he'll get it soon enough. ( ihope for your nipples sake)

as far as the nursing all the time, sounds like a growth spurt. at least for coy when he's growing he eats more.. teething=eating less.
Check with your
doctor first!