Joshua doesn’t have colic. Our doctor thinks he has a milk allergy, so she’s advised that we immediately switch him to soy formula. That’s why he’s been so miserable. A milk allergy can cause gassiness/lots of spit-up/general pain and discomfort. Exactly what my poor little guy’s been dealing with.
In addition to all that, Joshua’s had eczema off and on for the past several weeks. I didn’t think too much of it as Emily had it too and it eventually went away on its own. Now Joshua’s eczema had puzzled me a little as I’ve had him on an excellent daily infant probiotic which boosts the immune system and helps with issues like eczema (which is an underlying immune system issue.) But again I mainly attributed it to the fact that maybe our family is more prone to it and it would go away with time.
I had wondered if he might need to be switched to soy formula and I had planned on asking the doctor about it today. The past couple days his eczema seemed to improve somewhat and I figured that a) it was finally improving or b) (the more likely scenerio) it was temporary and then it would flare up again the day after we saw the doctor. Right? Well thankfully it flared up quite badly today so the doctor was able to see it. Even before I had a chance to mention formula, she asked what formula we’re using (Nestle Good Start Supreme/aka Nourish) and recommended a change.
It makes sense. I had a milk allergy when I was a baby. My poor mom, who was nursing me, had to completely cut out all dairy, which was quite a sacrifice as she loves cheese. Thankfully I outgrew it, so hopefully Joshua will too.
The doctor thinks this should help with not only Joshua’s eczema, but also his fussiness and frequent spitting-up. We should hopefully start seeing an improvement within 2-3 weeks. My poor little guy is probably just in pain and very uncomfortable. I knew something was wrong with him! I knew he was in pain! So it’s not reflux, but it’s a milk allergy! It makes perfect sense!
Honestly I was very happy to hear this news. Once again, not that there was something wrong with my little guy, but that there obviously is something going on and we can do something about it!
There’s a little part of me that feels guilty for not bringing Joshua in sooner. I told the doctor this and how I figured they would probably just say we needed to take care of the hernia first and then we’d look at other possible issue and she agreed and said that’s exactly what they would have done. It’s not like I didn’t bring him in at all. At his 2 month checkup, he was fine and didn’t have any eczema or issues aside from the hernia. He was somewhat fussy but 2 months is still really young and we – doctor included – attributed it to the hernia, which we had just discovered.
(Just trying to ease that constant mommy guilt here – all you moms know how that is!)
In other “news”, Joshua looks great. The incision from his hernia surgery looks fantastic and the doctor was pleased with how he is doing. Now to just get this ol’ allergy thing cleared up and maybe, just maybe (trying not to get my hopes up too much, but oh I am praying very hard!) things will be smooth sailing from here on out?!
At 4.5 months, Joshua is:
19 pounds 2 ounces – “off the charts”
27″ long – 97th percentile
So in a nutshell:
Our little guy has a milk allergy and we’re switching him to soy formula, although he’s certainly not starving by any means! He’s huge!
Please keep our little Joshua in your prayers. I stopped at Target immediately after we left the doctor’s office and bought his new formula. I am really praying this will help our little boy and we’ll have our sweet happy baby back! I just want him to be happy & not in pain and discomfort.