Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Baby Whisperer

Did you heard that Oprah had a guest on her show who was an expert in baby cries? Too bad that market is taken. After 8 weeks of Holly Marie crying and crying and crying, I too believe I am a Baby Whisperer.

Here is a little bit about what I have learned, in case you need a little baby whispering at your place:
  1. It might be might be: Milk allergies/lactose intolerance take 3-5 days to show up. Symptons are rash, gas, distended belly, wheezing, gasping or choking on the bottle. And don't forget persistant diarrhea or constipation.
  2. It might be might be: Reflux. One sign to look for is a small croupy sounding cough. In addition to other symptons like frequent or painful spit ups or vomiting. There are lots of good websites out there to help better understand this. This can take 2 weeks to show symptons.
  3. It might be might be: time to change outfits. This is my favorite cry. How can a two month old know what she is wearing????
  4. It might be might be: time to change a diaper. Duh.
  5. It might be might be: time to blow her nose. Duh. This requires some coordination on your part, possibly the help of another person, one of those bulb syringes and maybe even infant nasal saline. Better ask your doctor about this.
  6. It might be might be: a stray string wrapped around your baby's toe. This is another favorite. I remember my brother John crying for ever one night. Mom finally changed his clothes and discover The String! So check your sweeties feet, often.

If your child does show signs of milk allergy or lactose intolerance...well, welcome to the world of buffet bottles. With your doctors direction, you will have to begin the most important science experiement of your life: new formulas. Talk about needing a Baby Whisperer. But more on that later.

Try this website for some perspective on the situation. Holly Marie never got as bad as "Little Dude" but I can certainly relate.

No comments: