Oh, I was hoping that I would never have to look this word up...but last night, I found myself online trying to figure out what might possibly be wrong with my sweet little boy. From 7:30 to just after midnight he screamed. Not a "pick me up, I want to be cuddled" scream...a "something is hurting me" piercing scream. Nothing I tried comforted him. We sat down and rocked, stood up and bounced, faced him forward, put him on my shoulder, cradled him, tried the bouncy seat, the swing, the boppy...still screams. So, I read online about gripe water - drove to WalMart at 9:30 to see if they had any - none. When I got back he was still screaming and Chris was on the verge of tears. We wanted to be able to help him, but didn't know what to do. I put him in a warm bath and he relaxed enough to stop crying for a couple of minutes...relief. But, as soon as it stopped, it started back up. Was it colic? Has the fluid issue escalated into a hernia (which I read causes abdominal pain).
Chris drove to Fort Smith at 11:00 to see if he could find an open pharmacy. After two closed Walgreen's stores, he finally found one that was open and bought the gripe water. In the meantime, I was researching to make sure it was safe to give this to him. It was all natural and did not contain alcohol, so everything said it was OK. While Chris was gone, he was at his worst, so I found myself in tears calling my mom to get an opinion on whether I should take him to the hospital (she spent the night with my sister last night). We both decided it was probably colic and sitting in the emergency room would just make things worse. Finally, at about 1 a.m. he calmed down and fell asleep - but woke up about every 30 minutes. I finally put him in the bed next to me and we both fell asleep at about 3 a.m.
He seems to be doing better this morning. He's laying in my bed sleeping as we speak. I called his Dr. this morning and because of his "fluid" issue, they want to see him today.
Oh my...what a night. Now, I'm going to try to get a shower while he's sleeping. Wish me luck...