It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Lupus Message Board

Trouble lifting 9 month old baby

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-27-2005, 09:20 AM   #1
Blue Ginger
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1
Blue Ginger HB User
Trouble lifting 9 month old baby

I had my first flare up of lupus 10 years ago. However, after taking plaquenil, I haven't had a flare up since. My lupus mostly effects my joints. Anyhow, I had a perfect pregnancy (I also have the anti-ro antibody and went to the Hospital for Sick Kids for many echocardiograms). When Jack turned 4 months,my flare up began again.....hands and feet, and a bit in my jaw. I think my lack of sleep etc... triggered it...who knows.
Now that Jack weighs 23 lbs...I'm finding it soooo hard to carry him, change him etc.... I'm back on Plaquenil, but also now on Naproxen and Methadextrate. Things have gotten a little better, but I find my hands are just soooo sore. I don't have family in the area and my husband works late hours. My specialist (whom I love) recently increased my methadextrate to 10 pills rather than just 6.
Have any of you been through this? Any suggestions?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 10-29-2005, 05:51 AM   #2
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 99
jusbreatheOM HB User
Re: Trouble lifting 9 month old baby

I don't know how helpful I can be but I will try. If you can take gravity out of the picture on truly bad days. If your baby is crying make sure u are sitting and slide him into your lap. I know this does nothing for the crib except to get him as close to you as possible before you lift Jack. I started spending more time in the floor or play room with my oldest son, because he was very heavy, he never lost a single ounce of weight. I also dressed him in overalls quite a bit, there is a lot to get a grip on baby osh k'osh. They were more for my benefit, I put my arm through the back of the straps to reinforce my grip on Steven. I also used myoflex, or blue stuff I rub it into my hands, and slid cotton gloves on, and wrapped my hands in warm towel from the dryer, skip the dryer part if you use blue stuff(actual name), it makes the heat too intense. You might try a teenage helper, or a part-time sitter. Just to give your joints some ease, so he can be handed to you. I never did it , but I know people who did, and it worked for them. Hopefully some others on here will give you better advice, my problem was my grip and lower back spasms, I had to buy a support belt to help reinforce my lower back. Look for compression gloves also, I don't know if that is the proper name, but they do work to keep your circualtion going and cut down on soreness. I don't know anything that helps the shaking in your hands if you are troubled by that. I wish you the best of luck,a nd congratualtion on having what sounds like a very healthy baby boy!

Old 10-29-2005, 11:37 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Carson City, NV
Posts: 23
amieg HB User
Re: Trouble lifting 9 month old baby

Hi there,
I can't help a lot with the exact combination of Lupus and small children; I was dx'd later in my life. However, I do have 5 children; including twins; so I have been in the situation where I was unable to lift children. For example I was on bedrest when I was pg with the twins and couldn't lift the older children.

ALWAYS lower the side of the crib before lifting the baby out and make quick, short "horizontal" transitions. Like from the crib to a changing table. Try to make more horizontal transfers rather than bending up and down.

Don't feel silly using the stroller in the house, or a rolling high chair. I had a rolling high chair(s) where the chair adjusted up and down; so it could be adjusted to whatever destination "height" I was transferring the baby to.

Sit down on the sofa, chair, bed and "help" the baby up from the floor rather than deadlifting. Also, lifting in steps, such as floor to chair; then chair to crib...

Also, when you just have to rest and the baby won't; try putting a playpen in the room with you and let the baby play safely while you are lying down nearby. You'll relax and reduce jumping up and down even if you don't get to snooze entirely.

I do hope you start feeling better soon. Be sure you allow yourself to take care of yourself as much as you take care of your little guy. You both need YOU.


"Be careful about reading health books, you may die of a misprint." ~~Mark Twain

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
15 month old food? jellybean3009 Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 2 04-26-2010 09:54 AM
lifting boxes? youneeak Pregnancy 12 06-15-2007 02:09 PM
In trouble and don't know what to do next. lutherfetch Back Problems 18 05-14-2006 07:38 PM
Lifting baby & post partum Frynd1 Infant Care (up to 18 months old) 17 07-05-2005 06:45 PM
fiance trouble sabrina3090 Relationship Health 6 03-05-2005 10:38 PM
Lifting in early pregnancy andilyn Pregnancy 3 11-03-2004 10:00 AM
Spouse with ADD / Marriage Trouble babk01 ADD / ADHD 14 08-18-2004 11:44 PM
having trouble? moneylove2 Weight Loss 3 04-13-2004 02:13 PM
herniated disc and lifting my baby shema Hernia 7 01-14-2004 12:18 PM

« Med Help? | unsure »
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:57 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!