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Self soothing 
8th-Jun-2010 08:49 am
For the last few weeks we have been going back and forth to doctors trying to figure out what was going on with Fiona. When we put her down she would constantly grab her tummy and cry. She would curl up and then straighten while grabbing her tummy. Her pediatrician was worried that she was having infantile spasms, which is basically baby epilepsy. It was kinda scary, but after reading about infantile spasms I was certain that was not what she was doing. We made an appointment with a pediatric neurologist and waited. It was going to be a month, but her pediatrician was concerned so he called the neurologist to see if we could get a sooner appointment. A week later we were able to be seen at 7:30 in the morning, before they normally open the office. Lucky for us Fiona woke up really early that day and was tired when we got to the dr office (which is when she does the tummy grab thing most). So she started curling up in Mark's arm and grabbing her tummy. The doctor watched her for a few minutes and then assured us that it was NOT infantile spasms. It is just a self soothing mechanism, that is often confused with infantile spams. He gave us some literature to read, and then said he would schedule a EEG just in case and because of Fiona's history. He was really impressed with how well Fiona is doing since she was a 32 weeker. He said she is advanced for her age, and was surprised that she was a preemie.

Her EEG is scheduled for the 19th, and it is not going to be a fun day. They want her tired for the appointment so the instructions are to put her to bed at 10pm, and then wake her up at 4am. And then they want us to keep her awake until her appointment at 1:30pm. Can we say tired, cranky baby?
9th-Jun-2010 01:26 am (UTC)
SO glad it's a soothing mechanism!!! But sleeping at 10 and up at 4 with no morning nap...YIKES!! Good luck with that! LOL! I'll be thinking of you guys that day.
14th-Jun-2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sooo not looking forward to saturday. Fiona normally wakes up at 7:30 and takes a nap around 9:30am, I have no idea how we are going to keep her awake all morning.
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