Posted by: Jane1 | 2005/07/14


baby having nightmares or just wind passing through her system?

Hello All,

First off, just wanted to let you know that my baby's constipation problem has been solved, thanks for all your advice.

I have posted this same question on the parenting corner, but I would also be interested to hear advice from the paed on this issue.

Now I have another question- yesterday afternoon she was asleep (she's 10 weeks old by the way), and every ten minutes or so she would cry out in her sleep- a horrible sad cry that lasted about 5 seconds or so. The cry sounded like she'd suddenly got a huge fright, it was a hard cry, not a little whimper. Each time I'd dash to see what was wrong, thinking something awful had happened, only to find her fast asleep! Eventually I got tired of running upstairs so I sat and watched her- this continued to happen, and there seems to be no reason for it. She was comfy, the room was neither too warm nor too cold, she wasn't due for a feed; her constipation problem was been solved.

Has anybody got some advice on this? Could it be that she is having a bad dream...what would a baby have nightmares about? The milk taking too long to warm up?!! :) Or could it be something like a cry of temporary discomfort as a wind passes through her system?

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks so much

Expert's Reply



This is due to mild colic and you probably dont have to give her anything.

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2005/07/14

To me it sounds like wind. Had a similar problem with my son who's now 3 months old. Just make sure you wind your baby before you put her down. Does she sleep on her back? I found that sleeping on your back with a wind is worse. Maybe put her on her tummy and watch her for a bit rubbibg her little back and then turn her round after a while. My boy sleeps on his tummy and I find he passes wind by himself that way. I know about all the stories about babies sleeping on their tummies, yes, I've been told over and over again, but it definitely helps for the wind problem. That's why I say, if you're not comfortable with her sleeping on her tummy, roll her over after a while.

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