My doctor said she was fine but I knew something was wrong
Mother's intuition is a strange thing. We know our babies, we carried them for nine months, we look at their days and we know something just doesn't look right. But when a medical professional doesn't see it, it can damage your confidence.
31 Advanced Tegan Heath, mother of three from NSW, had this experience a week ago with his three-week-old daughter Piper. Tegan, a third-time mom, is experienced with babies, so her mom hugs little Piper and says, "Look at that big wife!" He was worried when he said.
Stuck in my head, ”Tegan told Kidspot“ yes, I was standing thinking Piper was really big. ”
Piper's belly wasn't big at birth and didn't suddenly blow up overnight. Slowly he had grown up, which made it difficult for Tegan, who saw him day-to-day, to notice. But once he did it, he got worried.
None of his two older children, none of the four other Willow or two Poppies had such a symptom, so Tegan had no idea what might have happened. Fortunately, she had arranged baby Piper for a GP appointment the next day to check for an umbilical hernia and a rash on her face.
During the appointment, Tegan voiced them to stare at Piper's swollen stomach. He pulled his shirt off and showed it to him, but he wasn't worried.
"He did not rob him properly, he did not wake him," said Tegan. He didn't even do the basics like checking his heartbeat or measuring his temperature.
The doctor told him that it is quite normal for newborns to have stomachs that look a little big. Afterward, Tegan said, Piper felt that most of her puffiness was underneath her stomach under the gland, so you have to peel it off to see it properly, which the doctor hadn't done. Feeling her stomach was difficult to touch, and she looked quite veined and mottled.
Sometimes you need reassurance
Tegan did not feel heard by his doctor and made plans for a second meeting. He joined a popular mom group called Mummy Madness on Facebook that night and decided to ask them what they thought. He says he wasn't seeking medical advice because he wanted to make sure he wanted reassurance that he wasn't overreacting or imagining things.
The group was quick to help him, and the overwhelming response was: "Not in your head, go to the hospital right away."
Tegan and her husband Philip decided to be cautious and took Piper to the emergency room. Once taken there.
"His heart rate was high and he was breathing pretty fast," he said. Something not noticed during his previous date.
Fortunately, the serious problem of staining causing stomach swelling was quickly eliminated. Piper was a very happy baby, nursing well and having regular bowel movements.
Intestinal biopsy was performed as well as blood tests and stool sample. Unfortunately, the low risk procedure had a complication and Piper lost a lot of blood.
After three days of blood transfusion and spending three days in intensive care, the tired family was able to go home and stool samples came when she left. Piper's bowel movements were showing too much as a sign of her milk and soy allergy.
Cow's milk protein allergy
It means that a baby is allergic to the proteins in the dairy, is allergic to its mother's milk, and may be allergic to something just by learning from its mother's milk. Some common songs and symptoms of a cow's milk protein allergy:
Stomach problems such as diarrhea, bloating or constipation
Breathing problems such as wheezing or rapid breathing
Skin skin like a rash
Many are ignored and incomplete by doctors, just as in Piper's case, unless this symptom is severe. Tegan wants to continue breastfeeding his daughter, and now he has changed his diet to release all milk and cut soy, which is much harder than it seems.
Listen to your instincts
In Piper, missing this diagnosis was not a life-threatening mistake, but it could lead to a very uncomfortable life for a long time. Tegan says he understands mistakes are happening but hopes they learn something from them.
The most important thing we can do as a mother? Follow our instincts, if that voice aspect says something is wrong and go get a second opinion.