Silas is now almost 3 weeks old.  He is such a sweetheart.  Unfortunately he has GBS~~Grunting Baby Syndrome.  When I say “unfortunately” I mean for us.  We had noticed (hard to miss) that he grunted all the time.  It sounded like he was constipated though he is far from constipated.  He poops like a trooper.

“The baby with grunting baby syndrome will push, squeeze, grunt, change color and carry on only to produce a soft bowel movement. Parents will report that their baby is constipated and seek help. Very often we’re lead down the primrose path searching for a solution. But there is no problem. The grunting baby’s problem is one of primitive in-coordination. While we all take for granted our understanding of the need for simultaneous relaxation of the pelvic floor and abdominal pressure to poop, not all babies have this figured out. And it’s this lack of coordination that makes us believe that our babies are in trouble.”

Silas is the noisiest baby I have ever seen.  It is actually very funny to watch him grunt, groan and turn red.  He makes these amazingly crazy faces while he is doing it.  He also does it through the night when he is sleeping.  Needless to say, I don’t get much sleep because he is in my room at night.  Sarah has to go back to work and she needs her sleep so the little noise maker bunks with me.

Here are a couple of photos of him while being Grunt Boy.

This is a Non Grunt photo just to show that he doesn’t grunt all of the time.

According to what I have read he should be over this by the time he is 8 – 12 weeks old.  I sure hope so.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebeadden
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 20:09:10

    Awww…hope he grows out of it soon, for your sake! He’s so tiny, But those big beautiful eyes!!!!


  2. Hannah
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 22:18:22

    Oh, that must be tough for the little guy, and for all of you (I know what it’s like to see your baby in pain and not be able to help … Ethan had severe reflux and would scream during/after feeding because of the acid burning his throat). I hope he grows out of it soon. I do love the photos!


    • joanharvest
      Apr 15, 2012 @ 00:31:42

      From what I have read they aren’t in pain. They just haven’t figured out how to poop correctly so they do a lot of grunting and groaning when they don’t have to. I would feel so much worse if I thought the little thing was in pain but he seems content even when he is grunting.


  3. starlaschat
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 10:08:22

    Look at that cute face! Your such a good Mom Joan to your babies so helpful. They are lucky to have you. :+) I didn’t know about GBS I guess I learn somthing new almost every day.


  4. Moonbeam McQueen
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 11:01:41

    Your pooper trooper is just adorable. I’m glad his GBS is nothing to worry about. Perversely, I’d like to see a video of him in action. So cute!


  5. Doraz
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 19:07:22

    Joan, he is so precious. He knows how to get you all to do what “he” wants. lol I had never heard of this, so thanks for sharing with us. Enjoy every precious moment. 🙂


  6. starlaschat
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 07:44:01

    How about more Silas pictures? I know you must be very busy. :+)


  7. Joy
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:09:58

    He’s such a little doll Joan. You must be so proud and happy.


  8. Joy
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 15:05:50

    He is so beautiful Joan. How lucky you all are.


  9. Joy
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 18:04:55

    He’s so beautiful.


  10. Teeni
    May 01, 2012 @ 15:58:06

    He is the cutest little sweet pea, ever! Congratulations, Joan! And I don’t know anyone other than you that could write such a humorous post about the noises babies make when they are um, digesting. LOL. Adding you to my new blogroll and going to see your new site too!


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