Ever since Naomi was a few weeks old, she's had issues with her stomach. It went from your normal run-of-the-mill gas to flat-out screaming and misery. Cub was a gassy little fella, so having a gassy baby was nothing new to me. However, recently, Naomi's gastronomical issues elevated from being gassy to not pooping for several days at a time. Then the normal fussiness that accompanied her gas became shrieks of pain that dramatically increased over the past few days. Last night I finally felt compelled to call the doctor, believing her condition had grown beyond something I felt I could handle without some advice.
(Naturally, after I hung up with the nurse last night, Naomi pooped and then slept all night.)
(They really do make liars out of you. FYI.)
I took her in this morning and explained her symptoms. The not pooping was the biggest issue for our pediatrician (I'm sure Naomi will be thrilled that I'm discussing her bowel movements with the Internet) and he asked me if I had given up dairy. Why yes, I told him. No milk or ice cream for me!
Then, in an effort to not treat me like a complete idiot, he gently said, "No, I mean, ALL dairy."
Hmm. That would be a no. In fact, when I went over in my head the list of things I eat on a regular basis, I realized that most of it was drenched in dairy: Creamer in my morning (and afternoon) cup of coffee, Annie's Mac 'n Cheese at lunch, a slice of cheese on my sandwich or broccoli and cheese for dinner, then possibly something with chocolate for dessert.
Apparently, I wasn't cutting out quite enough.
He told me that most carbs bought in packages can contain dairy, too, so I needed to check the labels. Or, better yet, just drop carbs and stick with meat and veggies and fruit for a week and see if that helps. I have friends who have had similar issues and who swear that once they cut dairy, their babies were significantly better. So, I'm absolutely willing to try. I don't want to hear that little scream again. Crying I can handle. Screaming in pain, not so much. It breaks my heart.
My pediatrician did say, bless his heart, that I may have one piece of dark chocolate a day, if need be.
So! I've had some advice from friends on Facebook on different non-dairy milks to try (like almond and coconut) and some other ways to sweeten my morning cup of coffee (like adding honey or flavored syrup).
If any of you have any other suggestions for me, I'd love to hear them! This is new territory for this bread-and-milk loving lady.
Have a lovely day!