Saturday, October 18, 2008


Thursday night was a nightmare! Sofia woke after sleeping for about an hour and a half. She woke up screaming, and nothing would calm her down. I usually can get her calmed down, but not this time. I tried feeding her, and she ate, and it quieted her until she stopped eating. Then the ear piercing screaming started again. I started to get pretty worried because there was nothing I could do for her. It reminded me of the early days when they would scream and I would get upset. I called my hubby, crying, I was so frustrated, upset, and worried. Of course he could do nothing- he was at work. Finally, I got Sofia to sleep after one hour of screaming. I thought I was in the clear, but no. She woke after about 10 minutes. I gave her motrin, but that never helped. I gave her a cold pacifier and it worked for about 1 minute. I tried playing with her and that didn't even help. Again, somehow, she finally calmed down and went to sleep. As soon as she was calm, I laid down with her and we both fell asleep. I moved her to the co-sleeper when I woke and went to bed. Even though I had some work to do, it didn't get done since I only had a little while to eat my dinner before she started screaming.

I was worried about her, so I called the pediatrician in the morning. The nurse called me back, and that was a big waste of time! I wish the doctor would have called me back. The nurse asked a bunch of questions and then told me to go to 2 naps a day instead of 3. Also, put her to bed later and feed her cereal at night. Give her Tylenol before bed. Well, that was a waste. She is not going to have 2 naps a day. That just won't work. She gets very tired and really needs her naps. I did try putting her to bed a little later, but that is not the cause of the problem. I was afraid it could be an ear infection, but the nurse said that no fever and no ear pulling = no infection. And that is not true because I know plenty of people whose kids have had ear infections without either of those symptoms.

Last night was better. As soon as she started waking and fussing, I replaced her paci with a new, cold one from the fridge. That seemed to help, so I do think it is teething.

Please, wish me luck getting through this stage!


Donna said...

Get your girls to a pediatric ENT right away. My son did this on and on for months. The pediatricians swore there was no ear redness, no fever, no pulling. The pediatric ENT took one look and said he had had ear infection after ear infection and those horrible screaming episodes, in several cases, had been his ear drums rupturing from infection. A doctor who does not know that kids can have horrible infections without other symptoms is NOT a good pediatrician. My son was fortunate. He lost only 5% of his hearing. He spent the next 9 years getting tubes put in every 8-10 months to prevent any more scar tissue.

Some babies have very small ear tubes and just looking in the ear with the hand held is no good. My pediatrician never could see an ear infection. One time he told me it was all in my head. One hour later both of my son's ear drums ruptured in the ER--we went there from the doctor's office because I knew my baby was sick. This is when we got referred to a pediatric ENT.

Maybe your kids do not have this, but I would get an ENT to tell you there is no sign that they have ear issues. I lived this for years. It was one of the hardest things.

This son is now and adult and his ears are just fine, although he still is prone to ear pain with a cold. Reading what you wrote brought back the memories. I remember crying all the way home from the pediatrician's office knowing my baby was in pain and yet being told it was all in my head.

Theresa said...

Sayla has been doing this too, and her pedi said it was teething. However, Donna's comment worries me so I may look into having her seen at the Doc.

Ginger said...

agree with donna;
find a doctor who will really listen to your concerns. with the girls still so young, you'll be seeing a lot of the doctor over the next 18 years, needs to be one that is on the same level as you. one that can listen and really understand your concerns, not just dismiss them so quickly!

either a specialist, but really I think you need to consider a switch of regular pediatrician for the girls. too many good docs out there that will serve your needs and benefit you, why stay with one who causes more stress? not what any mom needs!