Monday, 8 November 2010

Infant dyschezia translates into not sleeping

Mieka 4 days old (photo Debbie Rogers)

I remember those early days with our baby. From the first night she did not sleep for very long, and the crying was exhausting. Especially from suicide hour and later. Watching the clock goes from 12 to 1 to 2 to 3 to 4...
Friends of ours have got a little girl keeping them up now. They were lucky with their first-born, a boy. Not so with number two. Margot at Jou Ma se Blerrie Blog also has a Richie who goes into screaming marathons. I really feel for them.  I think we still feel the aftershocks of those early not sleeping...

Some calls it colicky babies! It’s definitely got something to do with the little stomachs. Because they wiggle and squirm while screaming at the top of their lungs. And there is not much we can do about it. Gripe water and rocking and breastfeeding and and...

Our paediatrician called Mieka’s "problem" infant dyschezia. A condition to do with the passing of wind, or before the passing of a soft bowel movement. It also gets diagnosed when the infant is healthy and has passed all of their milestones. We could see that Mieka was very uncomfortable after she had her meals. Wind and crying definitely went hand in hand. We called it the “poopies” and it kept us busy until she was about eight months old.

I do not hear it getting mentioned when talking about colicky babies. It is definitely something to consider when the little one screams and you can see that it has something to do with a bowel movement. Especially when it is soft bowel movements...

After we knew what the problem was, we had more sympathy and understanding for our little one. We used to jump on an exercise ball with her, and many a times she fell asleep on her dad’s shoulder... Somehow we made it through those nights. (Big smile!) I now can make lists of sleep tactics!

“This too has passed!”

20 comments:

  1. Gee yes, these things are often unknowns. The princess had evening colic (over stimulation) for about 2 months from 6 to 8 months of age. It was hectic - hysteria every night from about 5 to about 7:30. And then it just stopped.

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  2. Oh my goodness...that is something I don't even want to remember. I feel for anybody that has a colicky baby.

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  3. My 5 month old son has Dyschezia. I feel so bad for him. I switched him to a hypoallergenic formula thinking it was the cows milk in the formula giving him the problem. But now I don't know if that was it at all. I hate how I am questioning what I'm doing and if I made the right choice.

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  4. So sorry to hear! It really is painful to see them suffering. I am sure it won't be long before it will be over... (6 months, hopefully) Know that there is nothing that you can do except than being there for him!

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  5. Hi Karen, glad I came across your blog. I've got a 5 week old baby who strains and cries passing wind/soft stools. I brought her to 3 doctors. One ignored my questions totally, even managed to distract me. The other 2 said it was colic! Everything was colic, colic, colic! I spend 3 weeks looking at my baby cries so badly only to stare at me when she's done with her farts and poops. And as newborns do it often, she cries often too. It disturbs her sleep as she used to strain in her sleep when she's unable to pass anything in her waking hours. Until I came across Infant Dyschezia. So even when she's sleeping she's keeping us awake. It's so sad seeing her like this. Not to mention me and my husband feel like we haven't slept for years. :((

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    1. Sorry to hear! It helps to know what it is! There isnot much that you can do, but give lots of love! It will get better!

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  6. Hi Karen, did your daughter have dyschezia for 8 months?

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    1. Yes, she did! Slowly, but surely it got better! If it was not for the wonderful paediatrician that diagnosed it, we would have been at our wit's end! Are you struggling as well, Anon?

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    2. Sorry for the repeated posts, my comments weren't showing up at first.

      Yes ma'am, we are. My son is 9 1/2 months old and fusses for what seems like forever prior to passing a soft stool. He's had it pretty much since birth. Everything I read on it says the condition resolves after a week or two in an infant 6 months or younger. I feel like his GI specialist has done all he can do to ensure its not a medical issue though. I'm just tired of the fussing! Lol. :-/

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    3. It must be so frustrating on you as a parent! I hope it gets better very soon! Good luck! This is the first time that I've heard that it;s gone on for so long. Please let me know when it has passed. I predict you will just realise one day that he has stopped the "fussing"! Good luck!

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  7. Hi Karen, this is Anon from the last comment. My name is Julie. Do you have an e-mail address or some form of correspondence besides this blog? I'd really like to chat with you regarding your daughter's symptoms when she had the dyschezia. It seems most people I talk to, their child experienced different symptoms than my son so I'm trying to figure out if I need to get a second opinion on his diagnosis. Thanks so much, in advance, for any information or help you can provide

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    1. Hi Julie You are most welcome to write to me karen toit toit @ gmail dot com (without the spaces)

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  8. Hello, it seems my son is experiencing this. He is 5 months old. Can i ask if anyone has used a rectal thermometer to put a temporary end to the suffering. Pediatrician said not too, but i just get fed up with hearing him so uncomfortable.

    Also, does anyone's child vomit right before they finally manage to poop?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi my daughter is 3months old and going through same symptoms as yours she would vomit for several minutes before getting successful at pooping i feel your pain you are not alone

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    2. And when did you notice it got better for him

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    3. My daughter got better at about 7-8 months, and hope it is sooner for you!

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  9. hello all,
    my 5 months old son is also having the same symptoms. after barium enema and abdominal scan which thankfully did not show anything worrying i was left with a magical words ,,he will grow out of it''.
    As he also suffers from reflux, recently he started vomiting if he strains straight after having his bottle.

    Lots of patience to all of us, mamas, and please share if you find anything new and valuable to help our little ones (and lets be honest - ourselves as well)
    regards
    R.

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    1. Sorry to hear, R! I know it is a difficult time! As long as you are aware of the "issue" and being there for your little one when he has pain! I would love to hear about new treatments?

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    2. Did he gain weight as hes supposed to with all the vomitting because my
      LO just doesnt stop straining and bringing out stomach content our last weight check she was a bit under weight very stressful for us mamas

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