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    Default 7 week old unsettled, growth spurt or reflux/colic?

    Hi all,
    We're first time parents, so we dont have anything to compare our dd's unsettledness to.

    For the past week and a half roughly, it has been an absolute nightmare to try and get her to settle/sleep. On average she has only been having 7-10 hours sleep per day at the absolute most, and i understand it should be about 15+ hours.

    Majority of the time it has been a scream fest (feel sorry for the neighbours) and it did not matter what we did...she seemed happiest in an upright position, but at times her screams could still peel the paint off the walls. This led us to believe that wind/reflux or colic was the problem. She has had no problems with putting on weight (she is 5.5kgs) and she rarely spews, if she does it is only a tiny dribble and she doesnt smell of sour milk.

    We have never laid her down straight after feeding (which is a combination of bf, ebm and ff) the wife wanted to steer away from bf as she felt the fast flow was causing dd to gulp air as she couldnt keep up. She is always well burped and kept upright for a fair while.

    We have 6 week vaccs today and are going to consult with the doc about all of this aswell, but i wanted to know what everyone else experienced with their bubs.

    Is it just a stage they go through, like a growth spurt sort of thing? Or does it sound like more of a reflux/wind/colic issue?

    The screams were definitely an 'im in pain scream' which kept her up, and that led to her getting beyond it and being over-tired, leading to more screaming, until she completely wore herself out and slept for an hour at a time. She could settle in mums arms but as soon as she was layed down she would stir and wake up with the painful scream again.

    Mum has cut out cows milk from her diet, but we cant tell if it helped. We have also used lactose free s26 formula over the past 2 days, prior it had been the a2.

    Yesterday was her first really good day! She actually smiled at us a couple of times and slept in solid blocks of 3-3.5hours between feeds with little screaming/crying. But since early thismorning she has returned to grunting and groaning and moving around alot with a bit of a scream after her feed at 1.30am until 3.30am.

    We are really hoping the 'phase' is over and that it wasnt all the sleepless days just catching up with her, giving us 1 days grace.

    Any tips/tricks, advice/input is welcome!
    We have found that tight swaddling helps, so she doesnt startle when being tilted back to be laid down from an upright position. Laying a small cloth over her eyes seems to help with settling in the c-hold sometimes. Drives in the car sometimes help aswell for some reason (movement and noise). Another trick we have stumbled on is repeatedly pushing the pram/bassinet over the small lip join between the tiles and carpet, or up onto a relatively thick rug...the up/down, back/forth movement seems to help. We have been doing the bicycle leg exercise to help with wind. And there is always white noise...prior to all this unsettledness starting, i could vacuum and mow without her waking up!

    Sorry for the small novel, but im jacked up on coffee while the wife gets some much needed rest, and some reassurance that it gets better would be awesome!

    Kind regards
    Turtl3
    Last edited by turtl3; 25-01-2016 at 12:10.

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    Sounds like reflux to me.

    Dairy takes 1-2wks to get out of your system. Additionally with your wife's flow being fast. That's normal. It settles around 6wks when supply matches demand. My flow is very strong even now when dd3 is 14wks old I can shoot milk across the room.

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    Have you propped up her bassinette so she sleeping not flat? I had a reflux baby who screamed all day long. He went on meds and we propped up everything he laid on or in including the pram He was never flat .. It helped a lot. Good luck

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    Like R&A&H it sounds like more than colic/growth spurt etc. I would also suggest it could be reflux. I would also suggest ensuring the GP listens to you and if they do not, find one that will.

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    Our gp is highly regarded where we are and he was great through the whole pregnancy. We would have taken dd in earlier but he has been on leave. As suggested we have already propped up the bassinet with a foam wedge we got at clarke rubber, the bouncer and swing are also at a nicer angle for her, but generally she is uncomfortable if not completely upright. We have also been giving small doses of mylanta which we thoroughly researched before doing so. Dw is a nurse so she makes the calls on medication. We chose mylanta over gaviscon due to the lower sodium level. We have also tried infacol wind drops and infants friend at various times. Its hard to say whether they do work or not. I think they help a little, but they havnt been the magical cure for us.

    Thanks for the reply guys. I will report back after the gp visit today
    Last edited by turtl3; 25-01-2016 at 13:32.

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    Ask the dr about losec. U may need a referral to a pead to get it I'm not sure. Hope you get some answers today

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    My little one is 4 weeks and suffers from colic. We got in touch with a pharmacist at Padbury Pharmacy in Perth who makes a miracle colic relief mixture and it has been amazing. Steve (the pharmacist) has a special interest in colic and reflux for little bubs and spoke to my hubby on the phone for about 20 mins to see if he could help. He also sent us a bunch of literature by email. Maybe worth a call if no luck with your GP?
    I really hope it improves for you all soon.

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    The padbury mixture is amazing, highly recommend it

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    Sounded like my DS. You can see my post on the colic thread a month or two back. Interesting enough, his silent reflux was diagnosed by people on this forum. We didn't have a good GP and paed.

    He is currently on losec. I demanded it. We didn't notice a difference until the GP accidentally gave us the lower dosage. Unfortunately, none of the colic mixtures help him, including padbury mixture. Steve has been very helpful. If you are in Perth, give it a go. we stick with infacol in the end because we didn't see any difference and infacol just as effective to get DS to burp. He was a miserable baby but cranky colicness did improve when he turned 3 months old. He is 3.5months and we are still struggling with his digestive colicness everyday. Looking into milk protein allergy now. We are seeing a gastroenterologist. He thinks severe lactose intolerance is rare. That's why he didn't suggest us to try the lactose free formula.

    All the best and it is really hard.

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    We do quiet often travel to perth from bunbury so we may have to stop in at padbury, my wife used to house share there so we know the area well.

    I ended up staying at home while mum took bub to the quacks as we were having a windscreen replaced. We didnt end up getting anything prescribed as dw said she didnt want to put dd on meds unless extremely necessary. It was still discussed withour gp and he said that it could have well been a growth spurt. But to keep an eye on it and bring her back in if it reappears.

    She has had another good day today, only a slight screaming session earlier. But we think that we can put that down to her feeling the effects of the vaccs she had today.
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