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Windy baby 10 weeks - nightime nightmare!!

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Applemuncher Mon 30-May-11 14:34:09

Hi - number 1 DS is 10 weeks old and so far its not been easy going - I never thought I could be this exhausted!!!! I don't think I have had more than 2 hours sleep at a time since he was born. He is a very windy baby and takes a while to settle after feeding. He can take up to 160mm formula at a time every 3.5 to 4 hours which is normal enough, although not regular times each day. He has Infacol before feeding and gripe water in the bottle (Dr Browns). Last week I bought Colief and tried it for a couple of feeds but it actually made him worse. He takes a while to settle during the day time but the problem becomes much worse during the night. He just seems very uncomfortable and makes noises which I can only equate to grunting or creaking very loudly which can go on for hours and he is extremely restless. At the same time he can also look as though he is hungry and will take a bottle if I feed him, which I usually do as I don't know what else to try. I wouldn't like to leave him if he is in pain or not feed him if he is hungry but when you're being woken up several times during the night it just seems so confusing. Does wind become worse at night?? Is he looking for attention? Should I give him water instead? Difficult to just leave him as I can't sleep anyway.

I always see to him at night as hubby is not good at wakening up and staying awake but he does do his bit at weekends when I can get some morning sleep. Doctor says there is nothing that can be done and he will grow out of it at 3-4 months when his organs have developed - so I'm waiting for somehting miraculous ito happen in 2 weeks time. He also only has a poo every 5 days, which doctor says in normal as he's not constipated - could this be related.

So I'm counting the weeks away instead of enjoying the time we have together, but how do I stay sane in the meantime?? Any sort of routine is non existent. Does anyone else have any suggestions, new, modern, something Granny used to do - anything, I will give them all a try. Sorry for the long rambling message and thanks for listening. x

eversoslightlytired Mon 30-May-11 16:39:57

Both my children were/are windy babies. I gave up on all the stuff you could give them and now with my DD who is 12 weeks I just hold on to both feet and bring them up to her tummy, hold it for a while and then straighten them out. After a little while there is a resounding noise. I also rub her belly at the same time.

theanimalswentintwobytwo Mon 30-May-11 16:44:27

Its horrid, i know. My DS was like it from birth until 5.5 months. there are a few other things you can try.

You could try Aptamil Comfort milk, it is partially hydrolised (the lactose from the milk is half broken down already) so its easier to digest and doesnt make their gut work so hard-which produces wind.

You could also try Nuk Bottles they helped my DS

Baby massage on the tummy also can help. you go down the left side of the tummy in a l shape, then go up the right side and over the top in a r shape, then all the way over in a n shape. Doing it after a bath is nice. Also holding their thighs and making cycling movements for a count of 8 then holding the knees together, bend them up to their tummy and hold for a few seconds and release. repeat this a few times- it can help to work the wind out.

Or if all else fails and you have some money go for cranio-sacral therapy. Worked wonders but only lasted about 3-4 days, £40 a go is quite steep tho.

Also try offering drinks of cooled peppermint tea, ginger tea or camomile tea. My DS didn't like any of them but worth a go.

Hope this helps. PM me if you need any more advice or support smile

InmaculadaConcepcion Mon 30-May-11 20:23:30

Yes, my DD was like this. It sounds like it's probably lactose overload (when their digestive systems are too immature to produce enough lactase to fully digest the lactose, so some passes undigested into the gut where it ferments and produces the wind). It's a very common issue for newborns, whether ff or bf and as your doctor said, they grow out of it after a few months (I think it took DD about 3 months).

I second the tummy massage. We did it at every nappy change for DD and it produces some excellent farts! We tended to do gentle but firm circles, moving clockwise around DD's tummy, then would bring her knees up to her chest a few times until the gas seemed to be passed. You'll find the best way by experimenting.

I tried giving DD a digestive mixture of chamomile, fennel and anise infusion, but I don't think it really did much except fill her belly with the mixture instead of the milk, hence reducing the lactose (so a bit less wind) but not replacing it with sufficient nourishment.

You have my sympathy, I had really crappy sleep when DD was tiny for the same reasons as you and it really sucks. But it probably won't last for much longer, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

Good luck smile

mumatron Mon 30-May-11 20:33:52

I would try a comfort milk. I put dd2 on cow and gate comfort and found that she stopped the grunting and groaning almost straight away.

She also started opening her bowels every day, rather than every 4-5 days.

Hope it improves for you soon.

Applemuncher Mon 30-May-11 22:42:52

Wow, thanks to all of you for your helpful advice. I did try him on Aptimil Comfort but only for a day as he seemed to be in more discomfort and the HV said that this was probably because it was more heavier on his tum. Just wondering if I should have persevered. I have my name down for baby massage in my area but the date hasn't been confirmed. I was unsure as to how to do it correctly but will give it a go as suggested by TAWITBT - and thank you for the offer of the PM, I might very well take you up on that. I have not heard of cranial osteopathy so had a bit of a search on it and was very interested in the results and it seems to work on babies that had a quick delivery - I had 3 pushes over 10 minutes and he was born face up so was such an effort for him, the midwives said this was very quick. Going to the GP tomorrow so will speak to her about it.

Nice to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel as I was thinking it had been switched off until further notice! Many thanks to everyone for your suggestions x

WhoahThere Tue 31-May-11 10:25:46

And if all else fails, just to reiterate that they do grow out of it! We had the same with dd - constant grunting, straining, shouting and crying in pain. Tried most of the above with varying success, and then one day just realised that all of a sudden it wasn't a problem any more! For us it was around the 12 week mark, although obviously that will vary from baby to baby. The sleep deprivation is horrific but hang in there, it does get better.

Tonkabean Tue 14-Jun-11 23:28:47

my bf 11 week old has suffered terribly with wind since birth, the only thing that has had a significant impact is me drinking fennel water before and during every feed ( a large pinch of fennel seeds infused in a couple of pints of just boiled water) drunk hot or cooled.
I believe mine is taking in wind because of her mild tongue tie (due to be dealt with shortly), can't stop it going in just yet but fennel water certainly seems to help her to release it, downwards mainly.

NarcolepsyQueen Wed 15-Jun-11 17:03:33

I have a windy 5 week old. We have been to the osteopath twice so far and have been delighted with the results (he went yesterday morning and slept for 5 hours afterwards!). I am bf.

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