Alright, so here’s update # countless on Joshua:
We are not going to try Elecare. We’re going to stay with the Nutramigen for another 2 weeks until Joshua has his 6 month checkup and we can consult in person with the doctor.
Something just didn’t feel right to me about switching to the Elecare. Joshua’s eczema has improved to the point where it’s almost gone again (and who knows? Maybe it won’t completely disappear until he’s a bit older and that’s ok.) He’s been happier this week, except for a few cranky “bouts” where I’ve had no doubt he’s in pain from the reflux. I think the Nutramigen is working. And the fact that he’s hungry more often? While I still do think it’s from the formula (proteins completely broken down = hungry more often), it is entirely possible he’s going through a growth spurt.
I have to say, I have never felt this incompetent before. With my other kids, I would have said “growth spurt” without hesitating and thought nothing more. But with Joshua, I feel like I’ve become that paranoid over-reactive mother who well – overreacts to everything. *sigh* But what else can I do? I am paranoid. We’ve dealt with a lot of issues. When he cries, I immediately run through a checklist – is he hungry, needs to be changed, or tired? (Normal baby stuff) Or is he in pain from reflux, tummy issues or is his eczema irritating him? Or something else? Or maybe he’s just plain ol’ bored.
I have so many more things I worry about with Joshua, where I never had to think about with the others. It’s such a helpless feeling sometimes.
Yesterday I called the nurse again and asked about Alimentum (formula.) After I got very frustrated with a nurse in training, I finally was able to talk to my favorite nurse. She listened to all my concerns, she didn’t blow me off and keep insisting I just make an appointment because she didn’t want to “keep going back and forth between the doctor and me” like the first nurse did. (Did you forget that’s your job, original nurse?!) You know, while I absolutely will come down if necessary, I’d prefer to not have to drag my 3 kids out (45 minute drive each way), pay another co-pay, expose my kids to all sorts of cold/flu germs in the office when my kids are HEALTHY! and hmm… maybe I’d actually like to keep them that way for Christmas, you know! When my question COULD be answered over the phone!
(Sorry, I had to get that out.)
So my favorite nurse listened to me – let me get all my concerns/reasoning/frustrations out. She said she would be happy to go talk to the doctor for me again and ask about the Alimentum, but that she was pretty sure Dr _ would want to see Joshua before we make any more decisions. If they try to put another formula through review with our insurance company, they (insurance) will want to see proof of why he needs it – weight checks, doctor notes that his skin hasn’t cleared, etc.
That I completely understand. Just tell me that though, don’t just act like I’m inconveniencing you (original nurse!)
So that’s the plan – wait and see. I’m okay with that. It will also give us time to see how the Prevacid is working.
We’re on Day 2/3 of Prevacid and Joshua is happy today. He was happy yesterday too until he had a bad reflux incident where he spit up so violently, it came out his nose. He cried for 45 minutes and was fussy the rest of the night. Poor baby. I would cry too if that happened to me!
At 6 months, Joshua is 19 pounds 7 ounces and 27.75″ long.
According to my baby scale, that means he’s only gained 1 ounce in the last 2 months and grown 3/4 of an inch. Thank goodness he’s so big to begin with – now instead of being in the 100th+ percentile, he’s dropped to 85-90th percentile. He’s still huge. 😉
I’m a little concerned, but we’ll see how he does staying on this formula for awhile and talk to the doctor in two weeks.
Oh and I should correct my last post – according to the nurse, Nutramigen is actually Joshua’s seventh formula, not sixth.
For now, I’m hoping & praying my precious little sweetheart keeps smiling like this: