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foodfiend Fri 26-Sep-08 13:56:13

Help! My 6-week old makes the most appalling noises, including while he's asleep - a sort of groaning/honking noise that my husband has compared to trying to sleep through me in labour - it's deafening. I thought dd (now 2) was a noisy sleeper, but this is something else. Dh and i are currently in different rooms to try and sleep, with ds shuttling in between, but when I hand him over I can still only sleep with earplugs as he's so loud. It's not constant, but gets worse through the night (worst about 5-7am) and does stop/calm if I pat him or pick him up, so I think he must be uncomfortable, though I suppose I should be grateful that it doesn't always wake him! Have tried taking him into bed, but he wasn't any quieter: I just had the honking inches from my face instead...

He mostly settles Ok-ish after feeds at night (with a bit of patting and cuddling), but in the daytime will only sleep in the sling (I'm arms-length typing!), or in the pushchair while moving: any pause and he wakes and cries piteously, as he does if you put him down in pushchair/basket to sleep, whether he was drowsy, just asleep or asleep for some time when you put him down. Love him dearly, but don't really want to cart him around all day.

He does seem quite windy (lots of poos and farts), though rarely burps after a feed, but is breastfeeding well and packing on weight at a great pace, so obviously not ill as such. No success with infacol.I don't think we could honestly call it colic, as while there is quite a lot of crying I'm reasonably sure it's overtiredness, as he nods off and wakes up umpteen times when I'm cruel enough to put him down/pause for a moment in the pushchair. Any words of wisdom? (Yes, my family have all pointed out that he will probably just grow out of it... I'm just sleep-deprived and impatient!)

blinks Fri 26-Sep-08 14:10:07

this may be one of my favourite thread titles of all time

foodfiend Fri 26-Sep-08 14:12:12

well, i was hoping it would get some interest. By day I can laugh about it. At 4am, less amusing...

blinks Fri 26-Sep-08 14:17:51

try GP, could have an underlying sinus issue/blockage maybe?

foodfiend Fri 26-Sep-08 14:21:06

Have had his breathing checked and they say fine. And it's not all the time. It's not a snoring noise, more a groaning, with added honking notes...

superloopy Fri 26-Sep-08 14:23:15

What kind of honking? It is coughing? Is he not able to breath properly? Maybe get him checked out by a doctor...

superloopy Fri 26-Sep-08 14:24:10

Ooops took too long to post there....

ephrinedaily Fri 26-Sep-08 14:27:48

My bab was really noisy and used to sort of groan and gruntand cough as a newborn. Turned out he had silent reflux and was trying to clear his throat / sinuses or something but there were other symptoms - constant crying, unable to lie flat, refusal to feed etc, you would maybe have noticed other things. Also my friend's baby was similarly noisy and he just had lots of little colds.

PinkPussyCat Fri 26-Sep-08 14:30:52

Foodfiend - my nephew had something called this.

He was checked out by ENT who said it would be temporary and he would grow out of it. Or INTO his larynx, as it were!

But this does not help the sleep deprivation, I know. Hope it settles soon.

foodfiend Fri 26-Sep-08 14:36:02

zoiks! pretty sure it's not that though as the sounds are on exhalation, not inhalation. He's feeding really well (8-12lbs in less than 6 weeks) and only crying when I'm fairly sure he's tired, so don't think it's reflux. I think the sounds are deliberate (not that I mean I think he's being 'deliberately' noisy, but that they're not involuntary sounds, if that makes sense). It just seems really odd that they're so regularly worse at night, and increasingly so as the night goes on.

shoedweller Fri 26-Sep-08 14:36:29

Why don't you put him to sleep in another room? I know they advise you not to but honestly sleeping is important and the risk of SIDS in baby in a cot is tiny.

shoedweller Fri 26-Sep-08 14:37:29

My babies have all made terrible noises in their sleep. dd1 lasted the longest in with us = 6 weeks.

foodfiend Fri 26-Sep-08 14:46:12

trouble is the noises make it hard to know whether he's awake or not, so I'd just be shuttling up and down the corridor, but that might have to be the next step. At present dh is in the spare room at the back of the (long, thin) house and has him from 5-7am when the noises are worst. And they're so loud I STILL need earplugs to sleep through them!

PinkPussyCat Fri 26-Sep-08 14:47:13

Sorry didn't mean that to seem scary at all! Decided on link due to difficult spellings involvedsmile I should say my nephew is now 4 and did completely grow out of it, and is fine!

TheGabster Fri 26-Sep-08 19:38:13

Just a thought - is it better if he sleeps in a different position, say on his side? I know it is not the most favourite idea with SIDS advice and all that, but if it works and you make sure all other risk factors are covered .....?

PS poor weight gain is not always a sign of reflux (my DS for one), especially if silent. Other possible indicators are frequent hiccups/sucky baby.

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