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4am windy wake up

Postby lauraalex » Sun 24 Feb, 2013 8:44 am

I have a ten week old son, and every single morning around 4am he wakes up with what sounds like really bad wind. He screams like he is in pain, and I can hear him struggling to get it out. Its loud and awful to listen to as i cant do anything to help him. this continues on every morning until around 6:30 where i eventually get up with him and after this long he is back to normal and we start our day. He wakes at least twice a night before the 4am wake up, and feeds both of these times but only for around 5-10 mins then goes back to sleep no problems. Not only is it horrible because I can't fix it, I am so exhausted from lack of sleep. Not sure whether or not to try gripe water early morning? I haven't used this yet but figured may help with wind... Wondering if you can help? Thanks :?
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Re: 4am windy wake up

Postby NgalaOnline » Sun 24 Feb, 2013 12:53 pm

Hi LauraAlex

Thank you for your post. The unsettled behaviour your baby is showing does sound like quite a common newborn behaviour but one that can be quite difficult to deal with for many parents and also quite exhausting, particularly considering the time that this unsettledness is occurring for your baby. Around 6-10 weeks of age it is very common for babies to experience one unsettled period of difficult to soothe crying that often last several hours, and that typically occurs at the same time each day. Most commonly this unsettled period of crying occurs in the late afternoon or evening, but can be at any time of day. During this time it is very common for babies to appear to be in pain as they will show facial grimaces, tight fists, a sharp high pitched cry and will pull their legs up to their stomach. There is a lot of contention over why babies have these unsettled crying periods, and the reason for these unsettled periods is really not known. One theory is that the crying is related to their rapid brain development at this time, and also the fact that the baby is becoming more alert and somewhat over stimulated by all the information they are noticing and processing in the world around them. There is some suggestion that although the baby looks to be in pain, they may not actually be in physical pain but moreso the pulling up of legs, high pitched crying and jerky movements may simply be a newborn's way of physically displaying stress or unsettledness. There are other thoughts that crying at this age may be due to abdominal discomfort related to the fact that the baby's gut is still immature at this age and is still working on producing all the digestive enzymes required. Many parents do feel that their baby is experiencing wind pain or abdominal pain around this age. Typically this type of wind pain settles by around 12 weeks of age.

Some parents find that having their baby on a slight angle can help with abdominal or wind pain. You may like to consider putting something under the feet of your baby's cot to create a slight angle. It is important if you do this that your baby's feet are right at the base of his cot to prevent him being able to slide down under bedding, and it is also important not to put anything into the cot that could create gaps between the mattress and the sides or base of the cot. The angle should be around 30 degrees or less. When dealing with an unsettled baby, tight swaddling, movement (such as rocking in a pram or in your arms) and loud white noise that is louder than the baby's cry (such as radio static or a vacuum cleaner) seem to help many babies to calm and soothe. For a baby with abdominal pain, some pressure on the abdomen (such as carrying him with his stomach over your arm or sitting with his stomach pressed to your knee) can help. Taking his nappy off and moving his legs in a "bicycle" movement seems to help can also help some babies pass wind. A warm bath is also helpful for many babies. Over the counter medications do not have a lot of scientific backing, and many of these remedies have not had a lot of independent studies to confirm whether they are truly beneficial. Anecdotally, however, some parents do find these preparations to be helpful to their babies so it may be worth trying a remedy after speaking with a pharmacist or medical professional. It is important to know that gripe water does contain a lot of sugar in it, so it is best not to dip dummies in it or to use it very frequently. Self care and getting as much rest as you can during your baby's settled periods is important, as dealing with an unsettled baby in the very early hours of the morning is likely to be quite difficult and tiring. I hope that this phase will pass shortly as your baby grows and develops a little more. Please ring the Ngala helpline if you would like more help or support.
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