Joshua is now 5 months old! At the doctor on Monday, he weighed 19 lb 5 oz, so he’s only gained 3 ounces this past month. He’s still huge! =)
He is sitting up and has been for the past 2 weeks. He’ll sit up for several minutes – even 10-15 minutes at a time without falling over! He’s getting so big!
Oh yes, we bought a new camera. Our old one quit working – the flash refused to work most of the time, which is kind of important! So that’s why you haven’t seen many pictures lately and also why I will (hopefully – there’s just that little time factor!) be posting more photos more often!
We switched Joshua to soy formula about a month ago. His eczema briefly cleared and he seemed happier. For 2 or 3 days. Then it was back to the usual fussiness, outright screaming at times as if he were in pain, lots of spitting up, and eczema outbreaks. Doctor said to give it 2-3 weeks. I did. No improvement.
We tried Goat’s Milk powder (doctor approved) when we were in North Carolina. Joshua’s skin cleared up, he seemed much happier & peaceful, and the spitting up almost ceased for a couple days. Then he started spitting up more frequently again, he became more fussy, and lastly the eczema came back full force on Saturday.
Last Thursday, I noticed a funny bump on his chest while he was screaming. I freaked out. I had my sister in law (who is a nurse) look it over and we weren’t sure what it was. It reminded me of a hernia because of the way it popped out more when he was screaming, but it went back when he calmed down. But it was way up high, right below his sternum. I didn’t think hernias went up that high.
I had a meltdown that night. I cried and cried. All I could think was that my poor baby was going to need another surgery. Combine that with the fussiness/spitting up (sometimes projectile) and eczema and I was at my wit’s end.
I just want my poor little baby to be happy & healthy. To not be in pain! Is that too much to ask?
I called the doctor and made an appointment for Monday (yesterday.)
The doctor relieved my fears about the bump on Joshua’s chest. She said it was part of his sternum and nothing to worry about. The sternum is actually derived of three parts and in babies, the bottom smaller part is attached by ligaments. In some babies, it may not be attached as tightly and can be seen from time to time as a bump. It’s completely harmless, completely normal (although it’s more normal for it not to be seen, it’s ok if it is), and the bump will disappear as Joshua gets bigger and the bones grow together. The bump isn’t visable all the time, and when it is, it’s pretty small and goes away soon afterwards.
That was a huge relief.
Now onto our main issue – the eczema, fussiness, and spitting up.
Clearly, dairy does not set well with Joshua.
Neither does soy.
And now we add goat’s milk to that list.
The next step is the “hypo-allergenic” formula – Nutramigen.
The doctor said to try it for 2 weeks and if Joshua’s eczema isn’t better, we’ll try one more formula. If that doesn’t work, we have to see a specialist.
Also, Joshua has acid reflux. I kind of figured that by this point.
That explains why he’s so fussy and inconsolable at times. He’s in pain. I knew that and I had really started wondering if he had reflux, so it was good to hear the doctor agree.
The doctor is pretty certain it’s because of his allergies. If we can find something that he’s not allergic to, his reflux should clear up too. If not, then we’ll treat the reflux separately.
I spent all day yesterday at the doctor’s and then dealing with this whole “nutramigen” formula. It’s very expensive – about 3 x as much as the old formula. The doctor said our insurance will cover it. However, they denied it right off the bat. Now we have to wait for the “review” process. If they do cover it, it will be covered 100% – no copays or anything. I am really praying they will.
Of course all that only if this formula actually works for Joshua.
I bought one can yesterday and Joshua refused to drink it. This is from the little guy who didn’t even blink an eye when I switched him to soy and then to goat’s milk. I tried a bit of the nutramigen myself. That stuff is nasty tasting. No, disgusting is a better way to put it. I feel so bad for my little guy. But what else is there?
I ended up mixing it half and half with his goat’s milk. He drank it then. I’ve added more nutramigen/less goat’s milk with each bottle today. Hopefully he’ll take just the nutramigen with his next bottle.
So far, I haven’t seen any improvement. Of course, he’s still on part goat’s milk, so he probably won’t improve until he’s off that completely. Joshua’s been pretty cranky all day and right now has been crying for over an hour. I finally had to put him down in his crib because I couldn’t console him and I was losing my mind.
I am mentally exhausted. I just want my poor baby to feel better. I am so tired. This is just miserable. For him and me.
Please pray for us. 🙁
Oh and I’m pretty sure he’s teething… poor little guy can’t catch a break it seems…