During the first weeks of her life, Emelie displayed many symptoms…I’ve broken them down into categories in order of perceived severity (by others, not me)
The Behaviour of a ‘Normal’ Baby
-excessive crying (like when she wasn’t asleep or feeding, she cried)
-wind (would burp 7 times during 4oz of milk but still burp 3 hours on)
-rash on her head and neck…it’s baby acne of course, any spot that isn’t a sign of a killer disease!
-yellow poo, changing from paste to water…apparently it’s due to her immaturity.
-Congestion (common in winter babies due to heating systems)
-sneezing … It’s helpful…to clear her airways!
But these were not the behaviours of any other child (I refuse to use the word ‘normal‘ as I cannot abide it!) the ‘C’ word was mentioned over and over again. It was even mentioned by a doctor who claimed that her symptoms were my own fault for not breast feeding! I was simply told that no two babies were alike and that I must have a one that cries…but there were more alarming symptoms to add…
There Was More…
-The inability to fall asleep with a bottle (I assumed all babies did!)
-The inability to sleep during the day
-Pooing once a day but having to have 4-5 nappies shoved under her to catch it all as it fired at us!
-screaming with pains an hour to 90 minutes after each feed
-gulping at something in her throat that made her scream
-arching her back and stiffening up after a bottle
-thrashing and scratching
-constantly sucking a dummy, her hands or her t-shirt
these became the symptoms that tipped the doctor towards writing the prescription and outlining 2 possible conditions (one causing symptoms of another or 1 existing on its own)
We also had day 4 to tell them about. We had phoned an ambulance as after a 4 hour sleep, she took an ounce of milk and became completely unresponsive…to the point we couldn’t wake her. I had thought she was dying…20 mins into a call directing the ambulance to our address she began to twitch in a way that indicated the start of a seizure. When paramedics arrived with their cold hands and she flinched, I was told she was in a deep sleep and the twitches were dreaming. I’m yet to research if newborns dream at all!!!
The purpose of this post – trust your instincts as a parent. Persist. Research (sensibly of course). Look at your baby and what they are telling you through their eye contact…
And most importantly – never listen to a ‘know-it-all’