I mentioned last week that things had been rough with Annabelle. I didn’t go into the full extent, because we didn’t know what was going on. With babies this young, it could be a multitude of things! Growth spurts, mental “leaps,” not feeling well, something I ate, not eating enough, etc. There is a long list of possibilities! So, I just chalked it up to her being fussy and we’d get through it.
Fast forward to last Wednesday and she lost her voice. She wasn’t sick- no cold or cough, but she had a very hoarse voice that made it difficult to cry. After I put her down for bed, which had become a chore in the last few weeks, we looked up what a hoarse cry could be from. She had basically stopped babbling, which is not like her because she LOVES to chat! It showed this could be a symptom of reflux. Aaron had been mentioning it, but I felt like that was just projectile vomiting and not gaining weight. She has spit up more often recently, but nothing like you hear from reflux.
Once we looked that up, there were so many more symptoms that pointed to it, and we realized spitting up isn’t the end all (as it could be silent reflux). I made an appointment last Thursday, and she was diagnosed with reflux. Things could be so much worse, but I feel awful that it took until it got to be so bad for us to figure out what was going on! I have done everything this month from changing my diet, to trying to produce more for her, giving her bottles instead of nursing; anything that might help!
We think it started about a month ago when she got sick. However, a lot of the symptoms can be easily confused with her ear infection and sickness. I really do wish babies could talk so we could figure out what was going on! She was put on Zantac, and while we’ve seen improvements, we know things aren’t 100% yet. Now that we know what is going on, though, we’re able to help her more. When she arched her back, pulled off my breast screaming, wouldn’t go down for naps, moved her head side to side all the time, she wasn’t doing it to be difficult. She was doing it because she was in pain! I truly feel awful that it took us so long to figure things out. Sometimes she naps on us now so she isn’t on her back, we’ve elevated her crib, make sure she burps a lot, avoid positions that can hurt her. I just feel so bad she was in pain for so long, but like the doctor said, it is difficult to always know what’s going on.
So yeah. That’s where we’re at. Parts of our month were a bit of a struggle, but we still had a lot of fun times. I just hope the medicine helps her to feel better!
Did you ever have reflux?
I had it terribly when I was pregnant. It was brutal, and always worse in the evening.
Linking up with Amanda to think out loud.