I Have Not Slept Properly For 9 Months – Baby Sleeping and Passing Wind
(Val d’Isere France)
Ever since my baby was born she has had trouble with her belly.
The doctors just said it was colic but she is 9 months now and is still the same. She wakes up to 5 times a night and is in real pain, then she passes wind during the 1 to 2 hours of screaming and then goes straight back to sleep once the wind has gone.
Also if she needs to poo she is up all night in pain until she has been.
It is very upsetting when she is in so much pain. I try moving her legs up and down so to get the belly working and this does help but now she is bigger it is harder as she is like a stiff board resisting being moved.
She is normally up and down from when she goes to bed until about 2am and sometimes up to 4am. She is then normally up again about 6ish and up about 7.30/8am so we normally only get at the most 2/3 hours of sleep in between the screaming.
Her poo changes; sometimes it is hard and sometimes it is runny. There is no consistency. What should it be like at 9 months? She is normally ok in the day time but recently has stopped eating in the day; it is a real job of get a few mouthfuls in. The doctor has given us gaviscon. The last couple of weeks she has been sick as well so this has not helped.
Please help us.
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You describe a very exhausting situation! Your daughter obviously does not have colic; that would have been gone by now.
Why is she getting gaviscon? Gaviscon is mainly given to babies for severe acid reflux, which is when stomach contents reflux. Does that happen to her?
Babies with gastroesophageal reflux typically cry, have sleep disturbance and decreased appetite. On the other hand, Gaviscon is also known to cause stomach cramps and possibly constipation. If you are not sure why her doctor gave it to her, make sure you ask!
I wonder, has she been checked for lactose intolerance and/or milk allergy? A lot of the symptoms you describe are common for babies with that. You can read about the symptoms of lactose intolerance and milk protein allergy in this thread.
I think you need to get a second opinion from another pediatrician immediately. Crying, gas and pain to such extent is not normal for a 9 month old. Also, that her poo varies between runny and hard is an indication that she might have some sort of intolerance or allergy.
I really hope you get it sorted out soon. Don’t stop bugging the doctors!
Please let me know about your progress,
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