Thanks so much for sharing your stories, it's the best information I've been given to date by far. Riley is not only back to himself but is even better for having a change of diet. It seems the dairy alergy must have really been getting him down as now he seems like a new little boy. Riley never had any dark wax come from his ears when he had his ear infections, but it's definately something I'll keep an eye out for in future (fingers crossed though that it doesn't happen again though....) Janeen, my heart goes out to you hearing of Calebs state at the moment, I hope things get better for him soon. Hey - here's something of an old wives tale, but my aunty who is a nurse and who has had four children of her own swears by it, she said her son suffered from ear infections allot and she found that if she gave him a good decongestant, it dried up the fluid no problems and fixed him right up! I guess it makes sense and might be worth a try. And just FYI, I also had problems breast feeding Riley and had to express for three weeks, but couldn't keep up with his demand and as I was also recovering from a ceasar and he pretty much screamed day in day out for 12 weeks and spare time I had was spent sleeping, not expressing. At the time nobody could tell me what was wrong with him but now that we have the luxury of hindsight, we now know that it was probably his dairy intollerance that upset him when he was put onto formula. After asking doctors, nurses, and everyone bar the villiage idiot what I should do, I decided myself to change him to Goats Milk formula and as soon as I did that he calmed right down. All was good until just after his first birthday when he started getting the tonsilites and ear infections, I now see that changing him to cows milk off the formula just prior to his first birthday was what was causing this. Even though Riley is now well and back to his cheeky old self, I've still made an appointment with the ENT as there is a three month waiting list here as there is only one ENT in town. I figure I'll take the appointment and if we make the three months without any reocurrences I'll cancel it with a cheer!
Anyway guys, please keep me up to date with how Cam and Caleb are both doing and I send you whatever extra strength I've managed to accumulate with a few full nights sleep lately! My mum actually has Riley tonight to give me my first break in ages and I went out to a girlfriends place and just relaxed, chatted and had a few wines. I tell you, you need to look after yourselves too you know! Well what am I doing here? it's nearly midnight and I should be in bed savouring the peace and quiet and sleep time! I hope things get better for you both soon.