A Journey of Hope

6 weeks update

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Baby, Life

Our little Aidan is 6 weeks today! They say you never stop worrying about your baby, and it’s definitely true.

We went to the pediatrician on Friday. He weighed over 10 pounds! We were there to check out some red rash that had broken out all over his body, torso, back and legs. We worried that it was a sign of something serious, like a virus-caused rash. The doctor said to keep an eye on it and to monitor his temperature, and to go to the hospital if it goes up above 100.4 F, especially since my husband has had a cold.

The rash has since gone away, and there has been no fever. We suspect now that it’s because I had wiped him with some diaper wipes. We gave him two baths, and his skin cleared up nicely.

The doctor also prescribed Prevacid, since Aidan’s reflux isn’t getting much better, and he still seems to be in pain during some of his spitting up episodes. The medication was rather expensive, but my husband just shrugged, “Nobody ever said babies were cheap.”

As far as sleep goes, Aidan had been waking up every 2-3 hours at night and crying to be fed every time. Until this week I had been acquiescing to his demands, but then one night I tracked how much he ate. He took almost 20 ounces between 8pm and 8am! That seemed a bit off to me, so the next night I tried to stretch out his night feedings a bit. He was not happy about it — nor was I, since he woke up almost every hour crying and needing to be comforted. But the next night he went 4 hours between feedings. It was nice to get a little more sleep, but I worry that he is unhappy about going hungry.

Maybe soon he will get on a better schedule, eat more during the day, and sleep 5-7 hours at night. That would be nice, but these things do take time. He is hitting some milestones like holding his head up for a few seconds and focusing on objects and faces. I also can’t wait to see a real social smile from him!

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  1. How fun that Aidan’s hitting those milestones!

    The doctor also prescribed Prevacid, since Aidan’s reflux isn’t getting much better, and he still seems to be in pain during some of his spitting up episodes. The medication was rather expensive, but my husband just shrugged, “Nobody ever said babies were cheap.”

    Prevacid? Are they calling this acid reflux? Or colic? Or what? I wonder if he isn’t just swallowing a lot of air and having painful gas bubbles as a result.

    Maybe soon he will get on a better schedule, eat more during the day, and sleep 5-7 hours at night.

    That should happen automatically as he grows. When he’s big enough to fill his tummy with enough to last him through the night, he’ll sleep. He eats a lot though!

  2. Our pediatrician said Aidan has the classic symptoms of reflux. Basically he recoils and pulls off the nipple during feedings in pain and screams, spits up liquid hours after feeding that has partially digested milk spots in it, has noisy breathing that sounds like he’s congested, and has a lot of trouble staying asleep. He also has gas, but that’s not causing the reflux.

    He does eat a lot, which is sometimes associated with reflux, because he might eat to comfort himself, and breastmilk has some antacid qualities naturally. I’ve heard that it usually goes away after the first few months of life, but there are babies with reflux that doesn’t completely go away for a good 9+ months. We’ll see what happens with him.

  3. Wow, I’ve never heard of acid reflux in a baby, but why not? Gassy stuff OTOH is very common. I could have given you some remedies for that.

    It sounds horrible for the little guy. I hope that he outgrows it soon and that he gets some relief from the Prevacid. Poor kid.

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