Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Pip | 2010-02-04



My LG was born due to PPROM (after being in the womb a further 4 weeks) at 32 and a half weeks. Was in NICU until 37 and a half weeks with no complications. Her correct age is now 3 weeks (chronological age 2 and a half months). I took her to the paed last friday due to the fact that she just can' t sleep for periods longer than 10 to 15 minutes once put down. The paed diagnosed her with viral pneumonia and ear infection. She was hospitalised over the weekend. Monday she managed to sleep as normal. But tuesday afternoon (when her tummy started running) she has gone back to the standard not being able to sleep once put down. I tried the bennets colic rememdy yesterday and also changed her formula from Isomil to Novalac AR (in case) - she was settled in the morning... but when I didn' t use the colic mixture for one of the afternoon feeds she was again awake from 14:30 until 21:00 last night. I have continued with the bennets but she has had one sleep today for a period of 45 minutes.... Today she finished her course of augmentim. I am desperate to solve this problem, you can see she is tired but she just can' t seem to settle into a deep sleep. She doesn' t cry as much as what I would expect from a colic baby, she doesn' t bring her legs up to her chest... her little hands are however usually in fists.

Expert's Reply



It is difficult to be sure about your baby's diagnosis without being able to see her, but here are the possiblities from what you have written about her here; She may have colic but she does not behave like a baby with colic. She may have milk allergy or lactose intolerance which is quite likely in my opinion, or she may have reflux. As far as reflux is concerned she has not responded to being on Novalac AR so she probably does not have reflux.Of course your baby has had Augmentin and this has led to diarrhoea.She needs a probiotic now such as Reuteri infant drops 5 drops daily. It would be worthwhile trying her on a low allergy formula such as NAN HA to see if she improves.If not change to a lactose free formula such as NAN LF.

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