Owen has a serious case of acid reflux. He was sick over two weeks ago and started coughing. He still has the cough but not the cold. He has been very hard to get down each night and even harder to put down for naps lately. Really, it takes me over two hours sometimes to get him asleep at night and it is killing me. He coughs and chokes and is in general not feeling well, so I feel bad for the little man. I thought he was still sick and planned to take him in. Then yesterday it finally dawned on me, he has reflux like Carter had and that's why he's coughing and is miserable. Goodness I can't believe it took me so long to realize what it was. Carter would vomit and never cry, whereas Owen hardly ever spits up and cries and coughs. Same reflux just manifesting itself in different ways with each child. I took him and Carter into the pediatrician who agrees with me. After talking with the pediatrician we also found out Owen has mild eczema. One thing after another for Owen. So not only is he dealing with burning acid in his throat, he's also suffering from the driest skin ever. Aside from baths not as often and Ecurine lotion I'm not sure what else to do for his skin. Any ideas?
So Owen is now on two different medications to hopefully help with the reflux and we have a handout about the dry skin with a few ideas that in all honesty I'm already doing. In the meantime, since he coughs and chokes when laying flat, he's been taking a lot of naps in the swing. While at the pediatrician I had Carters ears checked again to see if his ear infections were gone, I had a feeling they weren't and we right on this one too. The ear infection went from the left ear to the right. So we are on our fourth round of antibiotics and are making an appointment with an ENT (ear, nose and throat) Doctor to see about getting tubes for his ears. We'll also have his hearing checked while there to see if perhaps this has something to do with Carter being a little behind on speech development.
With all of this, two sick babies, no wonder I've been having "one of those days" all week. Here's to getting healthy and happy sooner than later.