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Groaning and Straining himself awake

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SallyG Mon 27-Dec-04 22:02:05

Hi there,
I am a new mum and any advice would be gratefully received. My three and a half week old Groans and Strains himself constantly, so he only sleeps for half an hour before waking up straining arching his back and kicking out his legs he doesn't scream, cries a little and appears in real discomfort. He isnt getting good sleep and neither are we.
Midwife said it sounded like wind so we have been giving him infacol for the last week but doesnt seem to have made any difference, in fact if anything it seems to be getting worse. Has anyone else experienced this or anything like it? We are desperate to get more than 20 mins sleep. Thanks in advance

kinderbobsleigh Mon 27-Dec-04 23:37:05

Just bumping this up as it's about the drop off active conversations.

Newbarnsleygirl Mon 27-Dec-04 23:45:52

Certainley does sound like wind. We tried infacol and found it made no difference. How do you feed him?

SPARKLER1clausiscomingtotown Mon 27-Dec-04 23:46:06

Unable to offer any useful advice, sorry but will bump this for you. Nothing worse than lack of sleep!! Good luck!!

Newbarnsleygirl Tue 28-Dec-04 00:00:38

I'm going to bed in a minute SallyG but as I said we had this problem. First if your bottle feeding what bottles are you using and do you put him straight down after a feed? We swapped our bottles from avent to the Dr Browns ones with the vent in. They claim to prevent wind and colic and it stamped the problem out for us. DD had either no wind after a feed or just a little which came up straight away!
Hope this has helped! Good luck hope he's ok.

SallyG Tue 28-Dec-04 17:52:15

Hi there again - thanks for bumping the message.
Re feeding - I'm breastfeeding so I'm not sure its where the wind is coming from? We've been trying different feeding positions and making sure his head is above his belly but doesn't seem to really make much difference. I'm hoping its something that will settle down with time but its horrible to see him in obvious discomfort without being able to help!
Someone suggested I drink fennel tea and give him a very weak teaspoon full each day - so I am going to try that - certainly can't hurt my digestion!!!
thanks for good wishes

kbaby Thu 30-Dec-04 21:53:25

We had the same problem and I bf also. DD would sleep but at 4am each morning she would start groaning and straining as if trying to pass a lot of wind. We tried infacol and colief but nothing worked. We used to take her out of the cot and wind her which sometime helped. We also did cranial osteopothy which seemed to help. I do think that it just got better on its own as she got older and better at bringing up wind.

Sorry I cant help but it seems its just one of those things. Give the cranial thing a go though

Frizbe Thu 30-Dec-04 22:13:22

We had the same too also with bf'ding, we solved it with infacol and my friend who eventually found dd's windy spot! to get it all up,(the poor mite had horrible trapped wind for 7 weeks until my more experienced mate found the right spot, which not even my mother could do!) I found with my dd, her windy spot was to the middle right of her back!?! and sometimes would take a good half hour of winding to get it all up, thus straight after a feed, (even in the middle of the night groan) I/we would have to do this for a good half hour to avoid screaming abdabs.....hope this helps?

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