Bad wind at night. Advice please!

(8 Posts)
Ellen996 Sat 08-Mar-14 08:42:24

My dd is 7 weeks old and is exclusively breast fed. She is a windy baby and has always been, but now at night the wind is so bad that she is struggling to sleep.

She has infacol before every feed and I have started her on gripe water, however neither of these seems to be helping at the moment. The second I lie her on her back in Moses basket she starts to writhe around in pain and make grunting/groaning noise. I wind her in every position possible for about 10mins but often get no burps and have also tried rubbing her tummy and cycling legs .

The doctor did prescribe gaviscon for infants for reflux but I stopped giving her this as she was getting constipated on it!

I was letting her sleep on me on her belly as this seemed to allow her to sleep without the pain, but now even this isn't working and last night she still grunted/groaned and wriggled about in this position.

Any suggestions for anything else I can try would be most welcome!

Ellen996 Sat 08-Mar-14 08:43:19

Forgot to say, during the day it is not anywhere near as much of an issue and she is quite content after feeding.

tiktok Sat 08-Mar-14 09:53:37

Could it be the grunting and writhing is not actually wind or pain? Babies do make strange noises and movements. If she was in pain she would cry.

Ellen996 Sat 08-Mar-14 10:25:28

Hi tiktok, thanks for reply. I did wonder about this this morning but really am not sure. It definitely sounds like she is in some discomfort but maybe it is just the noise she makes? She does not make these sounds when she is sleeping at any other time of the day though. Would it be normal for them to just do it when sleeping at night and not during sleep in day?? One very confused mummy here! :-)

NickyEds Sat 08-Mar-14 10:55:01

I think tiktok could be right. My DS sounds like a grumpy pig in bed- grunting, wriggling, growling- the lot. I thought he must be in pain but it's just that he's noisy- he has a more high pitched squeal/cry when windy that's very definately discomfort. Is there sick in her bed?- If DS is put down with wind he possets up a bit of milk so if he's grunting not squealing and dry I've sort of learnt to sleep through it (bad Mummy!)

tiktok Sat 08-Mar-14 12:21:51

If she's not upset, then she's not in pain or discomfort.

I don't really know why babies tend to do the wriggly grunty thing at night and not in the day - but it's definitely the case it's more likely at night.

There's no evidence from what you say that you need to put much effort into winding her - 10 minutes is a l...o....n....g time and tummy rubbing and cycling legs are prob nice for her to experience but my guess is not actually necessary smile

Ellen996 Sat 08-Mar-14 12:46:26

Thanks for the advice. Maybe I'll just try leaving her and see what happens in that case. Will perhaps have to consider moving her into the nursery out of our bedroom with the baby monitor set if that does seem to be the case. I know advice is not to do so until dd is 6 months but not sure I would ever be able to sleep through all that noise! smile

TheScience Sat 08-Mar-14 14:19:35

My newborn is similar - sleeps happily in his basket in the day but grunts, flails and moans in it at night. He sleeps soundly in bed with me though!

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