Thursday, October 20, 2011
Well the inevitable has happened, I thought I was ready for this but obviously I still had a glimmer of hope. I've allowed myself a little sniffle on the way home from the Doctors before I snapped out of it and reminded myself that in the great scheme of things, this is no biggy.
So Cooper is two weeks old and starting to show similar signs to Flynn and Chase in the old reflux department. It's early days yet, but when you've been through it twice before, you know the little beginning signs to look for. I deluded myself for a week hoping it was just gas, but little man pukes all the time, even out his nose and sometimes projectile. He had starting looking a bit uncomfortable and started struggling with his feeds. After a week I caved and realised that it most probably was reflux and off we went to see Dr Liang (a reflux and allergy specialist who is supposed to be the best in the country - we personally agree).
I was still hoping maybe it wouldn't be as severe as the others, but apparently it's worse, Dr Liang said that the little opening that hasn't grown is very wide, almost non existent in fact, and the acid is almost free flowing back up his throat. Not the news I was hoping for:(
So little Cooper is now on Losec capsules for reflux. We asked whether seeing as we had got on to it early if we would avoid the refusal to feed issues we had with the other two. Unfortunately, the answer was a big fat 'no', the Doc said he would probably refuse to feed too, the Losec just reduces the acidity and avoids all the other complications of reflux like too much acid getting into the lungs etc.
So at about six weeks when his little throat is burnt enough from the acid, he too is most likely going to stop feeding and the screaming will begin. He will stop sleeping and the Happy Hamons will not be so happy for about a year.
Karl and I are too funny, we are still hopeful, we are now saying perhaps he will be a little toughy and just deal with the pain and still feed and not be too affected by it:) So I will wait with abated breath to see what happens.
He also has colic so he has some Merbentyl for that which seems to be helping a bit.
We are sleeping him back in the cot which we've raised the head of to help keep everything down. I was a little sad about that, I love sleeping with my little bubba and miss him already. But it's better for his little throat if he sleeps raised.