Thursday, May 29, 2008

The thing about a food intolerence is...

... that it gets blamed for everything.

I have a feeling that most of you parents out there, will have the occasional WTF kind of night with your baby. A night where they wake up in the middle of the night howling and crying - inconsolable and unable to tell you what's wrong (right?)

When this happens to us, we immediately think we made a mistake. What did we give him? Was it the bread? Was it the cheese? No, he's been having that cheese for 2 weeks, how could it suddenly cause this drastic a reaction. What oatmeal did you use in dinner? I am going to go and read the ingredients right now! Could it be the goodstart we've been giving him, also for weeks?

So now I've decreased the amount of goodstart we're giving him, because twice this week, around 10, Kiernan wakes up howling and is inconsolable for almost an hour. We end up giving in and letting him watch tv to calm him down, only because he is so upset it is clearly not a cry about not wanting to go to sleep. He's so upset he's irrational "Do you want water?" "Water water water!" so you bring him water and he bats it away and howls "WAAATTERRR!" um. that was water. repeat. same reaction. Okkk... "do you want a bottle?" "BOTTLE BOTTLE BOTTLE" so you bring him the bottle, he bats it away and cries pathetically "boootttlllee"

So ya, frustrating, upsetting, and so mysterious. Does this just happen to some kids for no reason? Could it be nightmares? Do you think it's the food? I just don't get it and I feel so bad for the little guy!

4 comments:

erin said...

I don't have any food intolerences and I was awake from 3 AM to 5:30 AM last night. I guess my point is that people (not just babies, children, boys, those with food allergies/intolerences) have bad nights. I can understand why you freak out and jump to that conclusion, though. It makes sense to eliminate that first, since in the past it has been the culprit. But really, there are a million reasons why on any given night someone might not be able to sleep. And sometimes exhaustion is enough to get me upset enough to be in tears, and I'm all grown up.

Jenn said...

I was going to say bad dreams or maybe he just happens to wake up and some kids as they get older kinda get a fear of the dark or that they don't see you so they wake up and see they are alone and it's dark so they freak out ! All the things you ask him he says he wants then doesn't maybe it's just he wants to see you so he thinks saying yes will get him more time up with you or something . I hope it doesn't last too long .

Some kind of Wondermom said...

Could something have scared him? Are your neighbours being noisy? What about a headache? Do kids get them this young?

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