The first few days on Zantac were beyond horrible. Rory wouldn't sleep at all during the day. He was wired. He was screaming and in obvious discomfort. I gave up on attempting any sort of sleep for myself during the day. Sleep when the baby sleeps....what a joke! What if your baby never sleeps?!? The first day of Zantac I could cope with...the second, not so much. On the second day we lost power so I spent a day without water as well. I was sweaty, tired, frustrated, and at the end of my rope. It turns out it was a scheduled outage but we weren't notified about it.
After eight days of Zantac, I can sadly say there has been no improvement that I can see. Rory even started waking up more frequently at night.
Now I suspect he's suffering from an intolerance to the protein in cow's milk so I've decided to cut dairy out of my diet and see if it makes a difference. He fits most of the symptoms. This is mistakenly seen as lactose intolerance, but it isn't the lactose they're reacting to. I was speaking to a staff member from the hospital we had Rory at and her 12 week old baby sounds very similar to Rory. She said she went off dairy and noticed a significant improvement...much more than from the medication. It will take about two or three weeks to see whether it works. I figured it's only a few weeks of my life and if it helps him and us get decent sleep, then it's more than worth it. And hey, it's not like I'm a stranger to extreme diets! My arthritis is still in remission so I can still eat the foods on the bottom rung of the food pyramid.
On a good note, Rory now recognises my face and smiles. It's moments like that which help me keep going. I love him!
|Swimming bubba! He enjoys his baths now. 5 weeks|
Father and son. 5 weeks.