Archives for the day Monday, August 8th, 2016

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year; Day 37-Day 40

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

As you know by now, he passed the feeding and car seat test both, and he could finally came home on the day 22.

Since then, our parenting journey has been filled with  a lot of new experiences with him and, even though being a mom/parent is difficult job, I am enjoying the each day with Liam.

Now I cannot imagine the life without him. He is the love of my life.

Liam Day 38…

It was such a hectic day. On the day 38, we had 2 doctor appointments.

One was with Liam (wellness visit) and myself (6 week follow up appointment with regular OBGYN).

Liam was undressed to weigh-in at the pediatrician office.

At day 38, he was 7 lb 4 oz. He was gaining weight fine and he was following the growth chart curve even though he was still a small kid to our pediatrician’s eyes.

Doctor said he was in 2 percentile; meaning 98 % of babies at the same age to him is bigger than him.

But considering me being Japanese and in average, we Japanese are not tall people,and I wondered if the chart doctor has really apply to Liam’s growth pattern.

I was wondering if growth chart in USA and growth chart in Japan are exactly the same one.

At the office, doctor noticed shortened neck muscle;I guess it becomes that way when kids sleep on preferable side of the head all the time since womb time to the infant time.

I was always thought it funny when he migrate to right side all the time when we put him right in the center and I also thought it was simply he just liking that side and did not think that it was something serious stuff.

Doctor described that if he kept sleeping on the same side all time, the side of the head flatten more and more and it is not good so, he needs physical therapy for that..

Since the day 38, I needed to make sure he could not roll/sleep on his preferred side by making custom bump next to him.

I somewhat remember that my mother had bunny shaped, center dipped pillow like thing for babies/toddlers when I was a kid.

It is called donuts pillow in Japan and you can see the pictures at amazon Japan here.

Now I think about it, I could have asked for the pillow to my mother but the idea was not in my head.

Liam goes to physical therapy?

When I first heard we would need physical therapist for shortened neck muscle & flattened head side,I thought she was overreacting, and I thought we could simply let him sleep the way he cannot favor his preferred side like.. any other home remedy thing,things you could do at home.

One one side, I was under the impression that yes, babies spend lots of time in a day sleeping and it might make them sleep on their preferred side but once they could grow to sit up age, they would not spend time so much with sleeping so, maybe it might be fixed naturally without any intervention.

However, if the shortened neck muscle on one side gets involved,I wondered specialist needs to work on him so one shortened side on his neck gets developed as it should and he would not be staring at you with tilted head.

Either way, how doctor order things here is much more larger scale than I have been experienced as a kid back home in Japan.

Liam is waking up 1 Aug 23 2014

Liam 40 days old..

Annoying hiccups…

On the day 40, Liam got hiccups.

It seemed like hiccups was happening after milk time here and there. I do not know what triggered the hiccups.

He tended to have hiccups often.

How does hiccups happen?

According to healthline website, a contraction of the diaphragm and the quick closing of your vocal cords cause hiccups. The rapid closing of the vocal cords is what creates the sound of hiccups.

What causes newborn hiccups?

Healthline website article says that hiccups are caused by the diaphragm muscle being either irritated or stimulated. This happens most often from feeding. Other times, hiccups just happen.

It also says that there is not always an obvious cause to hiccups in infants. One researcher proposes that hiccups in infants may also serve as an aid to burping.

Hiccups are common in infants and they typically don’t bother the baby.

Hiccups and burping are so,ething to do each other was interesting to read.

As a remedy you can do to get rid of infants’ hiccups issue, they suggest several ways to try.

One that they suggest is to take a break from a feeding to burp your baby.

The article says that the burping can get rid of excess gas that may be causing the hiccups. This will also help because it will move your baby into an upright position.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests burping your bottle-fed baby after every 2 to 3 ounces.

I remember we were trying to burp Liam every once in a while too.

Second suggestion they write is to rub or gently pat your baby’s back when they have hiccups.

Third, they suggest to try allowing the babies to suck on a pacifier. This will help relax the diaphragm and may help stop the bout of hiccups.

Now he is 2 years old, he still gets hiccups sometimes. When he gets it, he giggles. I think hiccups is funny for him.

To read the full article at healthline website, please click here.

To read the related article at babycenter website,please click here.

What did you do when your little ones or yourself had bout of hiccups?

Any method that worked for your little ones or for yourself?

Aug 08, 2016 | 0 | parenting