There’s been a lot of fuss-gussing in the house this week. On Monday Leo really fought his daytime naps, pretty much only napping if he was in my arms. Cute and cuddly, yes. Conducive to getting anything done and having him learn to sleep on his own, not so much. Monday night Leo slept okay – he woke up every 2 hours to eat, which was a lot (he normally goes 3-4 hours), but I thought maybe he was going through a growth spurt. Tuesday morning I noticed he had some crustiness around his eye. Tuesday during the day he continued to fight sleep. During feedings – still every 2 hours – he would latch on and off, crying, and he was really restless when he was awake. I called the doctor, thinking maybe something with his eye was bothering him. Tuesday afternoon we got in to the doctor’s. She checked Leo over and declared him healthy – the eye crusty was just a blocked tear duct and would clear up on its own. But the fussiness, she thought, could be the development of colic, as colic tends to show up around the third week.
Our doctor told us that probiotics have been shown to help reduce colic (they think colic is caused by stomach discomfort in babies due to immature digestive systems) and suggested we pick some up for Leo.
Powdery probiotic goodness (in a terribly blurry picture). We mix in a 1/4t. to a bottle of breastmilk every day for Leo. Leo’s very own infant probiotic milkshake.
Leo took his first dose this morning – not without a lot of fighting and crying. I thought maybe he didn’t like the taste, but since he initially fights a lot of his feedings right now, it’s hard to tell. The doctor said it could take a few days to work, but we’re hopeful it’ll help things out.
And we’re not 100% sure it is colic. Maybe Leo’s just having a fussy week. Most colicky babies cry struggle in the late afternoon/evening, but Leo’s fussy time seems to be the mornings. In any case, colic or not, the probiotics can’t hurt Leo (and really can only help his stomach), so we’re happy to give them to him. We’ll see what happens!
Do you eat probiotics? They’re good for adults, too!