Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ollie and Isaiah's appointment...

Ollie is 2.5 months old. He weighs 11#, 5oz and is 22" long. My little chunky monkey. Everything else looked great. He's been doing this weird choking thing at night, but I'm 99% sure it's caused by reflux and/or the dairy intolerance. I've been very diligent in reading labels and avoiding ALL dairy, so if it doesn't go away soon, I'll see about treating reflux. (Which will probably require going to another doctor, since our pediatrician is a firm believer in "all babies spit-up and they'll grow out of it", and has even said that medicines are useless in such cases. But I'm going to stand my ground on this, because I'm not going to wait around for him to "grou out of it" when he's in pain. That's just stupid.)

He also checked Isaiah's heart murmur and said he was pretty sure it was an innocent one. He said it was up to us if we wanted to get an ECG done, but felt confident that he's fine. Definitely a relief there.

I brought up Isaiah's other issues and gave him examples of his behavior, and some of the patterns I've noticed. We went over his developmental progress, what he's doing, what he's not doing. He said that it does sound like he could very well be on the spectrum, possibly PPDNOS.

He very strongly recommended that we see someone at UVA, but I declined for the time being, only because I want to talk to our service coordinator through EI (Early Intervention) and get her opinion on what would we should do.

I'm going to call her this afternoon, so I'll update later on that.

7 comments:

Jenn said...

I don't think he's in pain when he spits up. But I would recommend a chiropractor for this problem. Most doctors will put babies on a course of antibiotics and other meds for reflux. NOT GOOD! My chiro just gently used a little "popper" thing on my Ben (he used to spit up) He used it on a few different occasions and the spitting up ceased in about a week or two... gone completely! It really does work!

I hope you will consider a natural alternative to meds/antibiotics.

Bless~

~ April ~ said...

He's been choking in the mornings to the point of not breathing for a few seconds, and his body jerks. Then he'll gag as he tries to catch his breath for the next 5 minutes. Followed by lots and lots of SCREAMING. It just seems that he's in pain, or atleast a LOT of discomfort when this happens. :(

But I do appreciate your concern. I would NEVER give antibiotics for something like this. Heck, we very rarely even give the kids tylenol.

I might see about a chiro, though, if it continues. Thanks!

Jen said...

wow, that sounds really scary. i hope you find a solution that you're comfortable with.

babyboofelt said...

My son had a reflux problem to the point where it would wake him up in the middle of the night and I worried he would choke being 2 months himself. I started putting him to bed in nearly a sitting position, it was the car seat style seat with straps, keeping him more up right rather than on his back helped and decreased the amount of spit up. I think there are also wedges you can put in crib but I felt better using the seat.

Elizabeth Channel said...

Poor fellow...maybe the diet changes on your part will start working. It does take at least 2 weeks to get casein out of your system...

Regarding the PPDNOS, yes, I'd get the Early Intervention person's opinion--they usually have great insight and advice--at least they did for us.

Jenn said...

awww...you didn't post about how serious it was. he is choking on his reflux...poor fella. it probably scares him really bad. i hope a chiro works for you...

Angela said...

Hey April!
How old is Isaiah? Our care coordinator at EI was the one suggesting we get him checked out and get a diagnosis because they all saw the same things I did. Once we got the first diagnosis, we were eligible for more services which has helped so much. Henry is 2 1/2 and finally starting to speak regularly. We still have a long way to go! I look forward to hearing what you find out.