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Old 07-30-2006, 10:21 PM   #1
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Question What is going on with my baby???

for the last few days he has been the BIGGEST crab. he isnt nursing as much as he used, he isnt on solids full time yet(few bites at a time), when i try to hold him in the cradle him he arches way back and screams bloody murder, he dosent really nap (20min?? 3x a day).

the only way i've been able to nurse him is to lay down with him (i have no problem with this BTW!) and then he falls asleep.

he's not running a temp and he dosent have a cold. in fact as near as i can tell hes not sick at all. poops/pees are also normal.

could this be teething???

if not, has this happened to anyone else and what did you do to fix it???

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Old 07-30-2006, 11:03 PM   #2
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Re: What is going on with my baby???

When I nursed I had a similiar problem. Started when she was 3 months old - Cow milk protein allergy! And, TEETHING!

I quit all milk protein - butter, whey, casein - ALL and it was a huge difference in 1 to 2 weeks. She is now on soy and we have tried a few solids that have milk protein and it's back to square one (arching back and lack of appetite).

Teething: she used to bite my nips as she began teething. Funny thing is, no teeth came through - but it was obvious how her pain was.

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Old 07-30-2006, 11:44 PM   #3
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Re: What is going on with my baby???

he's not bitting me when we nurse BUT if i give him my knuckle to bite man it HURTS!!!!!!

hmmm im willing to QUIT all dairy if that will help him. is small patches of dry skin a sign of a dariy allergy??

does someone have a link as to how i go about elimanating diary and what i look for in products?

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Old 07-31-2006, 01:29 AM   #4
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My first thought was teething! I feel like a FTM when it comes to teething b/c every baby is different! My twins got teeth early, 4 mos, and my other boys all got teeth around 5 1/2-6 1/2 mos. They all exhibited the normal drooling, biting on things, knawing, fingers in the mouth, pulling on ears, fever, diarhea, rash, increased hunger... but all for varying lengths of time. Some on and off for MONTHS before a tooth broke through and this is verified by my Ped. I was convinced my son was sick and my Ped (who was very much into alternative medicine although had very western practices as well) said he was teething. He said that in his professional opinion virus' are often diagnosed when they don't know what it is, but often times under 1yr of age, babies are having a hard time teething.

I also have seen (with my youngest son) his teeth show one day right under the surface and the next day NOTHING! It drive me crazy! Finally it started breaking the skin so I could really tell but it was a LONG time coming! Like a month! I first saw it in early June and it came throug the weekend before 4th of July! So anyway, its not always a quick grumpy phase and that's it. They also exhibit increased night feedings and wakings.

I highly recommend the Hyland's Teething tablets and they sell them almost everywhere now. Definatly WalMart, Target, Whole Foods and several places online. They're homeopathic and really help baby cope. I have used them since my twins were cutting their 1yr molars on vacation and right before we left for a 9hr trip back home! And if they're not teething its not going to over medicate them or anything since its all homeopathic. If he does end up running a fever I often use a combo of Tylenol or Motrin (after 6 mos) and the teething tablets as directed on the back, fpr example: start w/ 3 tablets under the tongue and then 1-2 every hour after or something like that. It really helps! They also make a homeopathic teething gel like Orajel but not with medication in it.

Good luck!! I hope you get your sweet little baby back soon!!
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Old 07-31-2006, 12:25 PM   #5
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Re: What is going on with my baby???

Teething was my first thought too! Sounds like the kind of thing my DS does when he's got a tooth working its way through!

Good luck mama!
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Re: What is going on with my baby???

I've been trying to eliminate dairy, and it's not easy! Dry patches could be ecsema (sp?), and milk protein is definitely a possible culprit. My 7wo has been colicky since week one, but last week we had four days of a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BABY after I had all dairy out of my system for a full three days. It's keeping it out that's a pain. I switched to soy mochas, but looks like the chocolate bothers him, too. And I forgot that scones are made with cream -- two more days of crying after that. Now that I'm cutting out all dairy, I figure I may as well go vegan!! LOL. My vegan friends have been bugging me about it long enough... but my dh and ds1 are NOT interested in giving up their meat.
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Re: What is going on with my baby???

thanks so much!! i am hoping that it is teething and not an allergy.
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I've been trying to eliminate dairy, and it's not easy! Dry patches could be ecsema (sp?), and milk protein is definitely a possible culprit. My 7wo has been colicky since week one, but last week we had four days of a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BABY after I had all dairy out of my system for a full three days. It's keeping it out that's a pain. I switched to soy mochas, but looks like the chocolate bothers him, too. And I forgot that scones are made with cream -- two more days of crying after that. Now that I'm cutting out all dairy, I figure I may as well go vegan!! LOL. My vegan friends have been bugging me about it long enough... but my dh and ds1 are NOT interested in giving up their meat.
i eat/drink so much dairy stuff that if it is an allergy there goes my diet!! LOL if i have to i have to-anything so he's not a crab

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Re: What is going on with my baby???

My DS had dry patches (I guess it was very mild ezcema) on his elbows and knees for a couple of months. My Ped recomended Eucerin cream and we started rubbing him down with that about 2 times a day. Cleared it up in under a week and it hasn't come back at all.

Hate for ya to give up dairy if that's not really the culprit. I'm a dairy fanatic too.
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:44 PM   #10
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Re: What is going on with my baby???

i've been using baby butter from NE and that seems to help a bit!
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