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Carmelita - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi Everybody, my name is Carmelita and my son Caleb was born premature on 12 February 2008. He was approximately 7 weeks early...It was a real trying time for me. I was discharged after 3 days and Caleb was in teh neonatal unit for a month and 2 days. He couldn't suck, so he was fed through a tube. He weight 2.29kg at birth. He had coli, pneumonia and a chest problem till 9 months. My home doctor discovered that he had allergies and his milk was to rich for him. i changed him to NAN HA and gone are the tough times....i am only enjoying my son now...he was very sickly for the first 9 months of his life....he is growing lovely, has 6 teeth now and very busy....

It was a trying time for me...no one expects their first pregnancy to come to an end so quick....was very depressed and crying alot during this time...but the LORD was on my side...he alone knew what plans he had and has for Caleb....

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Kim - posted on 01/21/2009

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Welcome! I can relate to your troubles with your son. I have 2 kids...an 8 year old boy and 11 month old girl. My son was very sickly for about the first 2 years of his life. He was only 3 weeks early, so not technically a premie, just a bit early. Nonetheless, he had an abundance of respiratory problems and was constantly on a nebulizer 2-3 times a day (maintenance meds) and more if he was sick, which he was constantly getting pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, and other related respiratory illnesses. It was absolutely heartbreaking. On top of it, he had severe reflux and had to take 2 meds daily for the first year to help him keep food down. It was very, very upsetting and hard to see my friends with their healthy babies and not understanding why mine was so sick. I cried a lot, too. But, I wanted to tell you this so I can tell you the good news! By the time he reached 3-4 years old, his symptoms where almost totally gone and he no longer needed the nebulizer. I know that sounds like a long time, but they do grow out of these things. I thought mine never would, and of course I can't promise you yours will, but your story sounds so similar to mine, I pray that it does. Now that he's 8 I can't remember the last time he had any significant respiratory problems, he doesn't have asthma, and no stomach problems....in fact, he is very rarely sick...maybe once or twice a year, if that...and he is very athletic and plays sports actively. Keep your faith in God and know that he will be better. Feel free to post to me anytime! By the way, I am blessed to be able to say that my daughter is very, very healthy. She has only been sick once in her 11 months and I can't tell you how much of a difference my experience has been with her. So, don't feel like it's going to happen again with your next baby...and no, mine aren't so far apart by my choice, that was God's decision! We tried for years and gave up only to get a most WONDERFUL surprise! Never lose faith!! (-;

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