Need info for Premmie on Vent

Are you part of the NICU club? Do you have a child who is still struggling with the effects of being born too soon from preeclampsia? Share your concerns and stories here among parents who have been there.
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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby celticepona » Thu Jul 01, 2004 04:01 pm

bedtime snuggies don't seem to go away. Emmy sleeps next to me most nights, the only way I can get her to sleep through the night!!!! I love it...so enjoy the snuggies with your son!!!![;)]

DD Emily born 4-01-04 at 37 weeks due to severe PE/Eclampsia. Currently postpartum.
preeclampsic/hyperreflexic. On medication.

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby lgw » Mon Jun 28, 2004 08:12 pm

Rob:
I've not responded to any of your posts, but I've been following Parker's progress. I'm so happy
Parker is doing so well. I love reading your posts b/c they are so enthusiastic, and you are
obviously overflowing w/ pride. Keep up the good work. Roll Tide.

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby worriedhubby20 » Mon Jun 28, 2004 06:18 pm

Where does the time go!!!!! I ran around this weekend like a chicken with his head cut off. I did the yardwork, shampooed the carpets, mopped the kitchen and bathroom floors, did the laundry, but didn't get to wash the vehicles (RAIN). Oh well! I go pick up my 15 year old daughter in the a.m. This will be her first time seeing Parker. I can't wait!!!! Parker is doing pretty good, still on the constipated side, but the karo syrup works really good. It just doesn't seem to last. I think it only held him for a day, then back to being stopped up. Maybe his ped will change his formula when he sees her Thursday. I think he's getting a bit on the spoiled side as well. He won't let me sleep unless I've got him on my stomach, chest, or in my arms. I need to get in bed by 2:30 a.m., but it has become regular to get there around 3-5 a.m. Not enough beauty sleep. I don't care though. I've waited my whole life for him, so why not spoil him!!! More to come!!!!!!!

Rob, father of Parker, 30 weeks, 1 lb. 14 oz.

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby april » Mon Jun 28, 2004 06:00 pm

Glad to hear that Parker is home and doing good. I hope that the Karo syrup helps. Can't wait to see some more recent pics of him.

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby celticepona » Mon Jun 28, 2004 05:30 pm

We ended up going the other way with Emmy and she went from diharrea to constipation on the Isomil. I ended up adding extra water to her formula...not much to dilute it too much, but say, 6 oz of formula to 8-9 oz of water. That has seemed to work for us. But I agree to wait for the karo syrup to kick in...I have heard that works well. Take care and can't wait to see his new pics!

DD Emily born 4-01-04 at 37 weeks due to severe PE/Eclampsia. Currently postpartum.
preeclampsic/hyperreflexic. On medication.

http://www.babiesonline.com/babies/e/emilyfionaspage/

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby annes » Fri Jun 25, 2004 06:42 am

We had a constipation issue also, and tried lots of things. Prune juice mixed with the formula, glycerine suppositories (break the child size in half for little one, Rectal thermometer always worked if it was really bad, but that is a little gross[xx(]! We eventually switched brands of formula (from similac advanced to enfamil with lipil) and then he had firmer BM's and was able to pass them easier. Sorry about the TMI, but we are all friends here. It is so awful because you know they feel yucky. Good luck[:)].

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Parker 7/6/03(severe pe)33wks

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby sandy » Thu Jun 24, 2004 05:43 pm

Hi Rob,
Great to hear all is going relatively smoothly...except for little Parker's lack of "movements"...

Just had about 3 months of this with my DD (maybe it's still going?). Now she's 12 months, much older than little Parker.

Yes, the dark Karo syrup...beware, it doesn't work right away. Our pediatrician said it could take up to 5 days to work. Get any extra fluid that you can into him day and night. You're not doing solid food (right?!) yet, but the baby food prunes and prunes w/apples helped a bit, as well as the applesauce and pears.

During the times when my little sweetheart would go 2 days without any "movement", we have been giving her "Baby Lax". Works like a charm, but again, she's older than little Parker, so you'll want to check with his ped. on that one.

I discovered Tylenol and certain medications can cause constipation; didn't know that. Because my DD had reflux issues the first few months, we were putting Mylanta in all her feedings...continued until she was probably 6 or 7 months old. I think that helped things flow more smoothly as well.

Good luck with helping Parker feel better.

~Sandy/DD born via emergency C at 35 wks/1 day June '03 due to Severe PE/class III HELLP

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby meljoi » Thu Jun 24, 2004 05:41 pm

Glad to hear that things are going so well.
Peyton had terrible gas and terrible constipation.
He wound up on Mylecon drops at 2 wks
(which saved us!) ...his constipation came on a bit later....3+ months and he STILL has problems with it. He was prescribed a laxative as well as suppositories. The laxative worked...and he now graduated to a "toddler" kind of laxitive that I only administer when he seems to be havinf a problem. He never pooped regularly to begin with (so many kiddos poop while they are being fed, not my kiddo)........he goes 2,3 sometimes 4 days without a bm. I think we are having trouble with that part of potty training because of the constipation. I tried the caro syrup and it didn't help him at all. It's so heartbreaking, but I think it is something that they will outgrow...they just need time.

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mama to Peyton John 12/04/00 (severe pre-e @ 38wks)
2nd babe due 11/26/04

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby worriedhubby20 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 04:32 pm

It seems like forever since my last post. Things have been really FLYING by! Parker is doing really well, with the exception of an ongoing problem of constipation. We are trying dark caro syrup (1 tsp to an ounce of water). That is what his ped suggested. His 15 year old sister will be visiting with us for a little while. I can hardly wait, she is soooooo beautiful. I can't believe I had anything to do with making her.[:D] I have ton's of stuff to get done around the house before she arrives.

The wife is doing great. She spends all of her time with Parker, until I get home and take over at 1100 pm. He has been pretty good with this schedule and things work out good with both of us getting some sleep. It's those days, or should I say nights, where he stays up past 5 am with me that stink. I get in a pretty irrittable mood by 8 pm. I need my beauty sleep.

If anyone has any helpful hints for constipation, I'm all ears. I'm sure there is a thread here somewhere, but I just keep running short on time. I hope that everyone is well!!!! More updates will follow. By the way, I haven't had a chance to put any new pics on Parker's web page yet, but will try again soon. I've got some really good one's.

Rob, father of Parker, 30 weeks, 1 lb. 14 oz.

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Re : Need info for Premmie on Vent

Postby annes » Fri Jun 18, 2004 12:14 am

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!![:D] Have a great time with your little one (you have other kids too, right?)Hope it is a good day[:)].

Anne
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Parker 7/6/03(severe pe)33wks


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