Generally we like to be done with swaddling around 6 months of age. I don't think you have to worry about the swaddling holding her back, but the sooner she learns to fall asleep without the assistance of the swaddle - the sooner she'll be an independent sleeper.
Hi katheryn - it would be worth checking in with your pediatrician on the formula type and how it is being prepared before making any further changes. By working together, I bet you can smooth things out relatively quickly.
My general rule of thumb is that if diarrhea is going on for more than 10 days or has any blood present, then a stool study - such as a stool culture - can be helpful to rule out the presence of a bacterial infection.
Sometimes prolonged diarrhea can result in children having a temporary lactose intolerance. In these cases, a lactose-free formula, such as soy, can be helpful.
My suggestion would be to talk to a pediatrician about the nature and frequency of your baby's bowel movements and ask if a stool culture might be helpful.
So sorry to hear about the eczema. The good news is that if it is mild, there are a few things you can do to help keep it in check.
The key to managing eczema is to keep the skin well moisturized. I generally recommend using only fragrance-free/hypoallergenic sking products including soaps, lotions, detergents, etc.
If you moisturize several times a day and especially after a bath, you can really help prevent flare ups.
Once you spot a flare up - usually redness or see scratching, the key thing is to do something to stop the scratching as soon as possible to keep it from really flaring. As much as I understand the hesitancy of using a steroid cream, I will tell you that using a little bit really early on can help you prevent a bigger flare up and minimize the amount/dutation of steroid cream use.
Has anything changed recently in your night routine? Has there been an illness, teething, travel, house guests, etc?
Sometimes a slight change in routine can through off a baby's sleep pattern. Getting back to the routine will likely result in a routine to sleeping through the night. I agree with you, that the less handling in the middle of the night is the way to go.
Let us know how he does and we can try to troubleshoot this some more