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Spots following milk change

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Henda Sun 27-Mar-05 16:17:12

I need help. New DS been wailing all day every day for nearly the whole of his short life, (six weeks). HV suggested i change milk to Wysoy, as he also had green poo,that absolutely REEKED. Changed it two weeks ago, seemed fine at first, poo back to mustard colour, no offensive smell. but, in the last two or three days, back to all waking time absolutely howling the house down, still on Infacol, (has been since birth almost) and he is covered in tiny milk spots, i noticed last night that they are all over his arms and legs too, although they aren't red, except for the facial ones. Really stumped at what to do. Please help someone!!

KoalaBear Sun 27-Mar-05 16:44:56

what does health visitor or GP advise?

Henda Sun 27-Mar-05 16:47:24

Dunno, haven't contacted them again yet

KoalaBear Sun 27-Mar-05 16:57:37

Poor you - constant wailing can be distressing!

Has your health visitor not followed up? Is he/she generally helpful?

Today, I would call NHS Direct 0845 4647 (they were quite helpful to me when my DS was little). Don't be too worried about the "has your child fallen on his head" questions - I think they are standard as they ask you everytime.

If that doesn't work, I would make appointment with GP for Tuesday, as green poo is not, IMO, normal.

If you don't get any satisfaction from your GP, then DEMAND to see a paediatrician (I had to do that with my DS as he had reflux and the GP was condescending and, in the end, useless).

As an aside, our paediatrican said Infacol was a waste of money as made no difference - just made the parents feel like they were doing something useful. Although, a couple of my friends swear by it! So, I guess its up to you.

Let us know how you get on ...

Good luck

KoalaBear Sun 27-Mar-05 16:58:48

ps. is your baby putting on weight ok?

Henda Sun 27-Mar-05 17:02:37

yeah, he's piling on weight no problem. Thanx for the advice re the gp etc. I do feel a bit like a neurotic first mum sometimes. They look at you like you're stupid!

Henda Sun 27-Mar-05 17:03:19

gonna go ring NHS direct now, see what they say

KoalaBear Sun 27-Mar-05 17:10:14

just remember, no one knows your baby like you do - so don't let them put your off or make you feel like you shouldn't ask the questions

if your baby doesn't seem happy, then you know best, so just keep asking for help until you find the right answer

i let them put me off for 16 weeks with my little chap - he was miserable with reflux - they kept saying "he'll be fine" "give it two more weeks" - when we got to the paed he said "my gosh, i should have seen him 12 weeks ago!!!"

Henda Sun 27-Mar-05 17:16:45

i was thinking maybe he has reflux, because he isn't remotely happy unless he's either upright, or laying on his stomach (much frowned upon). He has never been sick, but when he's winded, you can hear he makes little noises like he's burping up liquid, he then shrieks as if in pain. If i put him over my shoulder and gently pat his back, then it sometimes settles him. He makes little swallowing noises for sometime after feed. What do they do about reflux??

Henda Sun 27-Mar-05 17:18:42

waiting for NHS direct to call me back

KoalaBear Sun 27-Mar-05 17:36:24

just feeding son - will come back in a bit

KoalaBear Sun 27-Mar-05 18:33:06

Statistically, about 30% of babies under 6 months have relfux. Of this, it can vary from mild (not worth bothering about), all the way to severe requiring an operation (very rarely). Often, it gets better all by itself when the baby is about 6 months and can sit up, and also when the baby starts solids.

There are also a variety of remedies from over the counter Infant Gaviscon, to special formulas, and prescription medication. If you are worried about it, best to get it properly diagnosed by a professional. Diagnosis can range from observation, to special tests in hospitals.

Not all babies throw up with reflux - some have "Silent reflux" which is possibly what you are describing. However, from my experience, reflux would not explain the rash, or the green poo.

On the subject of green poo, I have read that it is not rare for babies to have it now and then, and it is nothing to worry about. However, if my baby had green poo ALL the time, then I would want a professional opinion about it. The good thing is that your baby is putting on weight, so at least that is not an issue.

Anyway, I hope that NHS direct can help in some way.....

Henda Mon 28-Mar-05 15:26:08

thank you so much for that. NHS direct gave me the usual answer of "if you're worried, then visit your gp". Just been and got Gaviscon Infant. I think he's def suffering the silent reflux, he regurges and you can tell its acidic, i can smell it on his breath, it smells really like acid. He's just had the first dose, so lets see what happens.

KoalaBear Mon 28-Mar-05 19:42:41

good luck - let me know how he gets on with it - my DS has that to start with, and then moved onto prescription formula

if you think the Infant Gaviscon is helping, get your doctor to prescribe it because then you get it for free

all the best

KoalaBear Tue 29-Mar-05 19:50:11

henda - how did the gaviscon go? how is your son? hope all is well

Henda Wed 30-Mar-05 20:57:25

well! praise the makers of Gaviscon. Apart from slight flatulence and a bit of loose poo (which is the least of my problems)its a miracle. Settled down no problem, he's sleeping soundly next to me on the sofa as we speak.

KoalaBear Thu 31-Mar-05 13:44:18

i love happy endings! :-)

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