Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Doctors, doctors, doctors

Just wanted to be sure I got down the results of Will's two appointments in October. At his 6 month well-baby appointment on 21 October, Will weighed 14 lbs 2 oz. and was 25 1/4 inches long. His head circumference was 42.5 cm. According to Dr. Thompson, that puts him in about the 5th percentile. He said he wasn't concerned because Will continues to gain; he said he's just a small baby. He also said that Will is clearly doing well in the development area as he demonstrated his crawling skills for the doctor on the exam table. He also had two teeth erupt just in time for the doctor's appointment. Dr. Thompson adjusted his meds (Reglan and Zantac) for his new weight and told us to give him Motrin for his teeth along with Orajel or teething tablets. (Note: Will thinks Orajel is from the devil. I got the worst nursing bite he's ever committed after we gave him Orajel.) Will got his next round of immunizations (THREE shots), but he didn't cry nearly as bad or as long this time.

On 30 October, I took Will to the consult appointment with pediatric GI that Dr. Thompson had requested waaaay back in August. Her name was Karen Steele, and she was very nice. Bil was sick (and had requested off the wrong day, anyway), so I had to take him by myself. Dr. Steele is located at Children's Hopsital Physicians Building, and their new offices are very nice. Hopefully they will update the Labor & Delivery/Postpartum portion of the hospital soon! Anyway, Will was being Mr. Personality Plus that morning, so I got all kinds of compliments on what an adorable, happy baby he was. The doctor seemed to believe me that he had had a lot of problems, despite his happiness that morning. She did not think it was normal that he has never slept for more than 3 hours at a stretch, and she changed his medications all up: No more Reglan (she said it's often prescribed but doesn't really seem to do much for infants with reflux), and she changed his Zantac to Prilosec. She said it's stronger stuff, and it's nice that we onlly have to do it once a day instead of twice. It's a solutab that I break in half and hold in his cheek until it dissolves. Will doesn't really enjoy me keeping my finger in there, but he likes putting stuff in his mouth so mostly he seems to like the Prilosec. She also prescribed a med called Cyproheptadine. I'm not sure what it's generic for, and the information it came with said it's an antihistimine. Dr. Steele called it "colic drops" like the Levisin (sp?) Dr. Thompson had prescribed when Will first started having problems. She didn't do the Levisin since I told her it didn't seem to do anything for him when he took it earlier. She said it can have a sedative effect and to only give it at bedtime since he was only having problems (with crying/pain) during the night. So, we have been on that regimen for 5 days now. So far, I have not seen much change in his nighttime problems, but Bil and I both agree that he is spitting up less during the daytime (though Bil got a bath in upchucked pears tonight, so it's not totally fixed....). We are supposed to go back to see Dr. Steele in January to reassess.

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