Since he’s been about 2.5 weeks old, Iain’s been having terrible gas pain – like screaming-hysterically-like-a-girl pain and it’s very obvious that his tummy is what’s bothering him. Mylicone drops don’t help him at all & it’s been pretty exhausting because every single time he eats, he has these terrible episodes and sometimes it takes him 2 hrs to settle down for a nap. It’s still much better than Claire’s newborn stage though. I’ve been averaging about 3-4.5 hrs of sleep in a 24-hr cycle due to these stomach issues of his, so I feel like a zombie and haven’t had much time for anything else – just surviving and doing what absolutely needs to be done and pretty much nothing else.
Due to these issues, we’ve decided to take the step of me doing the MSPI Diet (MSPI = Milk Soy Protein Intolerance). This means, I’m basically cutting all types & derivatives of milk & soy out of my diet since these two things are usually the causes of such bad tummy pain in infants. He has not been formally diagnosed with MSPI but we figured this would be a good start to trying to help him. I have to read labels on everything which means I get to spend a much more substantial amount of time at the store to figure out what I can eat. This also means that I can’t “eat out” at restaurants because you never know what the ingredients are that they are using.
I’ve found a terrific website that has a ton of recipes that I can have, some of them are easier in that they use most of the things I already have in my pantry (labeled “Quick Start”) but others may require specialized products for MSPI. Here’s another website that enables you to search for allergy-free recipes, in which case I would check both milk & soy and search that criteria.
They are really healthy recipes – I’ve already tried a few & they are delicious!! We’re hoping that this will be a short phase & I can start re-introducing soy & milk in a few weeks but we will have to see how Iain does.
It’s tough seeing him in so much pain, and having him “wrestle” with his food source (i.e. my chest) so much because he’s so uncomfortable. Hopefully we will see an improvement quickly!