What’s wrong with my baby

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OnlyFoolsnMothers Sat 05-Dec-20 21:54:58

My 1 month old will only sleep on us- I don’t mean in the newborn attached 4th trimester way, I mean she physically cannot sleep lying down on her back. She makes the most pained sounds, she sounds congested (even though she isn’t otherwise), wheezes, struggles to take full breaths and struggles until she wakes herself up thrashing about. It’s not seemingly colic as feeds fine, no pained crying, no arching of the back. Wtf is going on? Gp and hv both saying “normal” but I have an older child, children in the family, friends with kids, no one thinks these sounds etc are normal.

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YakkityYakYakYak Sat 05-Dec-20 21:58:10

I think I would seek another medical opinion, if she’s struggling to breathe, that doesn’t sound right.

Could you film it so the GP can see exactly what you mean?

MrsPatrickDempsey Sat 05-Dec-20 22:01:19

How is she fed?
Any signs of cows milk protein allergy? (Green nappies, constipation, rashes, eczema etc)

HavelockVetinari Sat 05-Dec-20 22:01:48

Struggling to breathe is NOT normal. Can you video it and then book an emergency appointment so you can show the GP what's happening?

Bluebelltulip Sat 05-Dec-20 22:04:17

Bad reflux

OnlyFoolsnMothers Sat 05-Dec-20 22:05:26

Thanks yeh I did film it for both the gp and health visitor, neither think it’s a big deal but she sounds so congested and struggling to breath at night, it’s not just baby sounds.

She’s mainly breastfed, but we introduced a bottle of formula a day when in the first wk she had jaundice and we needed to increase her intake. Some days just breastfed, other days half- a full bottle of formula top up.

Stools are yellow and runny, not the most frequent pooer- at night only recently.
Milk spots and rough red skin on face which is starting to clear up- again the HV said “don’t worry they pass”

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OnlyFoolsnMothers Sat 05-Dec-20 22:05:49

Is reflux different to colic?

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GymMat Sat 05-Dec-20 22:06:17

Record it on your phone and have a look into a floppy larynx. My dd had this not anything to hugely worry about but needs checked

caringcarer Sun 06-Dec-20 01:07:35

If baby has a snuffly nose it will be harder for her to breathe. Could you put a few drops of Olbas oil on a Muslim square and then put it by her feet. The aroma may help to clear her nose. Don't put it near her face as too strong for baby but by her feet should be ok. Another thing you could try is to boil a kettle without the lid on near to her crib so the vapour may help her breathe more easily.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Sun 06-Dec-20 01:10:47

Thanks caringcarer but she doesnt actually have a stuffy nose it just sounds like she does when she lays flat.

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everdaymumma Sun 06-Dec-20 01:13:00

Sounds like silent reflux. My LO was same. We found putting rolled up blankets under her mattress to tilt her helped a lot.

WhatWouldYouDoWhatWouldJesusDo Sun 06-Dec-20 01:15:23

Reflux. I'd put money on it.

Either way she needs checking over. And don't be fobbed off.

Happyhappyday Sun 06-Dec-20 02:34:42

My DD was a grunter. It was literally like sleeping next to a farm animal and was literally the worst thing she did, it was SO BLOODY LOUD. 90% of parents I talked to about it gave me blank looks or said “newborns are noisy sleepers” and 10% were like, oh my god, mine did this too and it’s AWFUL. DD also thrashed about while she was doing it but we realized after a few nights she was asleep and not actually crying. My BFF is a pediatrician and we had many conversations about it but she said it really was just DD learning how to poop... and some babies are just real noisy about it. It went away around 8-10 weeks but my god it was awful. Does that sound like your DC?

CustardyCreams Sun 06-Dec-20 03:19:01

Reflux, same with my DS2.

PeacefulInTheDeep Sun 06-Dec-20 04:04:36

I agree with PPs, it sounds like it could be silent reflux. My DS was similar.

Try tilting her sleeping surface to see if that helps. Do you have a bouncy chair? Is she happy in there?

My DS used to get really upset after a burp and writhed in pain. I could smell the acid on his breath. Do you have any signs like that?

octoberfarm Sun 06-Dec-20 04:05:51

I'd definitely get a second (third?) opinion on this - no harm, and far better safe than sorry when it comes to breathing stuff. Sorry you're having to deal with this, OP thanks

AlviesMam Sun 06-Dec-20 04:10:42

My one month old does this, lots of grunting, arm and leg thrashing and like you said noises of congestion or wind where at some point I think she's choking! I've gotten used to her noises now, I rock her into a deep sleep while playing white noise then gently pop her down in her crib and keep the white noise on until she self soothes. I also put her in her Moses basket during the day the same way to get her used to being on her own and on her back. Xx

OnlyFoolsnMothers Sun 06-Dec-20 04:53:01

I rock her into a deep sleep while playing white noise then gently pop her down in her crib and keep the white noise on until she self soothes. I also put her in her Moses basket during the day the same way to get her used to being on her own and on her back

I know this is what everyone says / thinks but this isn’t attachment issues, I had a baby like that. My current baby in question physically doesn’t seem able to lie on her back for longer than 15mins, day or evening, cosleeping in my bed or Moses.
The more I read I think silent reflux possibly. Guess I’ll keep badgering the HV, because after 2hrs sleep, all of which is on me (pressing on my boobs), I can’t take anymore!

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OnlyFoolsnMothers Sun 06-Dec-20 04:56:24

Do you have a bouncy chair? Is she happy in there? we do, only had it a few days so she’s just getting used to it, hasn’t been in it enough to know if she’s comfortable in there as such. Will watch closely

My DS used to get really upset after a burp and writhed in pain. I could smell the acid on his breath. Do you have any signs like that? doesn’t seem to get upset after a burp, gets frustrated when I’m trying to get her to burp, but that’s pretty standard right? Didn’t know you could smell acid on the breath- interesting

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OnlyFoolsnMothers Sun 06-Dec-20 04:58:51

Gymmat thanks will look it up!

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PeggyMoo Sun 06-Dec-20 05:03:36

We had this with no. 1 - suspected it was reflux hit told it was normal. Are they happy in a pram? Or a car seat? Ours wasn’t so used a sling A LOT. To a lesser extent we have this with no. 2 although I suppose it could be just very bad wind (currently awake with baby asleep on my chest as also makes the horrendous noises / back arching etc when on back).

With our first it passed around 3 months when he was able to roll on front to sleep.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Sun 06-Dec-20 05:09:33

Fine In a car seat, actually used it for a walk today attached to the Pram wheels and slept peacefully, fine in the Bjorn too.

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OnlyFoolsnMothers Sun 06-Dec-20 05:10:43

I’ll email the Hv again and see if I can give her baby gaviscon as a first port of call, after that I may push further and go to a&e to see a paediatric dr.

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October2020 Sun 06-Dec-20 05:22:49

I'd put money on this being silent reflux.

everdaymumma Sun 06-Dec-20 08:02:30

Just a note that silent reflux doesn't need treatment if not affecting eating and growth. Gaviscon can cause so many issues ie. Constipation so if you can avoid its actually much easier for you and baby. I would try the tilted sleeping surface firstly, they do grow out of it as they get older.

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