One might think that with four children, I would be accustomed to babies that spit up.
But my first three kids really weren’t big spitters as babies. So, #4 has taught me new lessons about spit, puke and other forms of regurgitation.
To say this girl spits up really doesn’t properly explain the situation. She often spits cups full of milk right after nursing and then continues to spit up for the next hour. We are way beyond using burp cloths around here. She needs burp blankets, burp towels, and lots of them.
As you might imagine, this doesn’t make for a very happy baby. The spitting increased significantly when she reached the 6-week-old mark, so my hopes for the end of the newborn fussy stage were dashed. Instead, she grew much more fussy as she got older.
She would basically wake up from a nap, nurse and then have 5 minutes of happy. After that, she would fuss and cry, sometimes as if in great pain, for the next 40 minutes. Then, she would be ready for a nap. (Now you should have an even greater appreciation for those photos I’ve posted of her smiling! Those have been hard to get!)
At baby’s 2-month check-up, the doctor prescribed her Zantac. You know, the heartburn medicine: “Strong fast, lasting relief with a minty cool flavor.”
Well, the minty cool flavor is a baby’s worst nightmare. But it does seem to be working.
I’ve also been letting her drink less milk, but nursing her a little more frequently. And I’ve cut way back on my consumption of milk and chocolate, to see if that helps. My diet of chocolate pudding has quickly come to an end.
I’m not sure if it’s the Zantac or something else, but it seems to be working.
Baby has been much happier. She spits up less. She goes to sleep without fussing so much. And she doesn’t cry nearly as long.
We’re seeing much more of this:
And as the old saying goes: “When baby’s happy, mama’s happy. And when mama’s happy, everybody’s happy.”