Gas???Posted: January 26, 2009
So Cooper is 4 months old now and he finally got his first cold. It started when I (Susanne) got a sinus cold in Texas over Christmas. Then Chris got the cold a week later. Then Cooper got the cold. Cooper was congested and a little fussy because of the cold, but nothing we could not manage. The cold lasted about a week. Then the cold seem to come back and Cooper developed a low grade fever. He became super fussy. He would not nap, he would not let you put him down (required a lot of holding), and he stopped sleeping through the night (waking sometimes 6 times). He pretty much went on a hunger strike too. It was painful trying to get him to nurse. He would nurse, but only for 3 minutes and then pull off screaming. Needless to say, we were pretty exhausted. I took him to his pediatrician twice in a week and made at least 4-5 phone calls to his pediatrician. I was convinced that there was something else that was wrong with him other than his cold. But every time we took him to the pediatrician, she said there was nothing wrong with him other than he was a little congested. I felt pretty helpless and was starting to lose my mind with Cooper crying pretty much all day long. Finally, I was talking with my step-mom and she mentioned he might be a little colicy. It dawned on me that he may have gas. My step-mom told me to buy gripe water which is suppose to help with fussiness, colic, teething, and gas. I bought gas drops (mylicon). Within 36 hours I had a different baby! Who would have known that gas could cause him so much discomfort. I am just glad that ordeal is behind us. It is so hard when your little one cannot tell you what is wrong. I wish I would have figured out that it was gas in the beginning. But at least now I know what to look for! Still not sure what caused his gas, but in an attempt to prevent the gas from coming back, I am eating the blandest diet. I would rather forgo my favorite foods in order for Cooper to feel good and be happy! Now… the next thing to tackle is getting him to sleep through the night again. Hopefully it will not take too long to get back to 9 hours of sleep at night. Thanks for all your prayers and support!