I Have a Needy Baby

needybabyFor the first 6 weeks of my sweet little girls life I was convinced I was going to have the easiest baby on the planet. She started sleeping 5 hour stretches at night the first few weeks we had her home. By 6 weeks she was giving us a good 8 to 10 hours. She was also napping pretty decently in her swing and seemed generally pleased with life.

Then, all of a sudden, almost overnight, my happy little lady turned into this screaming, upset, fuss bucket. She was / is still sleeping pretty good at night but during the day it felt like world war 3 with her. She turned inconsolable if she wasn’t held and being walked around. It started as she always needed to be held. Then she needed to be held and stood up. Then it was standing AND walking. She became so exhausting to us. The worst part was she became exhausted herself by giving up all naps during the day. It’s been a real lose/lose situation.

I would attribute the above to my constant lack of interaction with my blog. Until now. 

This isn’t my first rodeo with babies. I have a toddler son. He was fussy but it wasn’t until about a month of dealing with this I realized something had to be wrong. This isn’t just a normal fussy. I did quite a bit of research and decided she has to have silent acid reflux.

These were the symptoms that made me come to that conclusion. 

  • Constant crying
  • Getting stiff and not wanting to bend her body
  • Hiccups multiple times a day
  • Dry Cough
  • Not spitting up a lot

We made a doctors appointment and sure enough he agreed that is what she has. We’ve started her on a prescription to help reduce the acid and BAM! She’s done a complete 180. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still needy but it’s completely manageable now.