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Posted by: Pink | 2007/08/20

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Baby won't stop crying (First time mom)

My baby girl was born 4 weeks prem at 36 weeks. She was born at 3.09kg and was in distress and her sugar was very low at 1.9. She was treated for her sugar and she was doing very well soon after.

At 3 weeks she wasn't breaking winds and was constantly crying all the time. After consulting the clinic sister she gave us Bonnycare and Gripe water as well as Telament drops in her milk. She started on S26 Gold. Then it went from bad to worse and she wasn't sleeping either. I then took to her to the GP who had a x-ray done of her stomach and it showed a huge air bubble basically taking up her entire stomach. He diagnosed her as colic and also prescribed Buscopan and Gaviscon. She wasn't getting any better and we changed her formula to Novelac AC which did wonders for the poor baby.

Then we had to move from Jhb to Hoedspruit and couldn't find her formula anywhere. We consulted a doctor again and he advised we put her onto Infacare Soya milk. I also discovered Behoedsmiddel and after not reading the label correctly I put in every bottle. Her stomach was running and was green/brown in colour.

After stopping the Behoedsmiddel she is still struggling to get the winds out she is now 11 weeks old. I have also started feeding her porrige once a day (2 teaspoons porrige mixed with her milk). She's taking it nicely but she still doesn't stop crying and if she sleeps 4-5 hours at a time at night it's alot.

When will the crying stop? Why is she crying? And most of all when will she start sleeping longer or even through the night?

Please help???

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You do not say how old your baby is but it seems she is too young to be on solids. Remember all a baby needs is her milk.Stop all solids. She should also be off all medicines which often agitate babies especially medicines like Buscopan and Behoedsmiddel which I think contains alcohol.She seems to be a hungry baby who is feeding greadily and sucking in excessive amounts of air. Make sure she has a wide flat teat on her bottle. I would recommend Lactogen for your baby as it is a good formula for the so-called hungry baby.

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Posted by: Poeta | 2007/08/20

Pink jammer om te hoor waardeur jy gaan. My seun is op 35wk gebore en ons het ook gesukkel met sy voeding alhoewel hy nie geskreeu het nie het hy baie sy gesiggie getrek en lyfie en die GP het gesê dit is silent reflux ons het hom op Zantac gesit en hy het Infacare gedrink wat baie gehelp het . Die Rescue Remedy het ook wondere verrig in my huis. Ek sal ook sê los die pap sy is nog te jonk daar voor onthou alhoewel sy 11wk is moet jy altyd 4wk aftrek so sy het nog net melk voeding nodig glad nie pap nie.

'n Warm bad en daarna lekker baba masseering het my baba ook gehelp ontspan en die winde het dan beter uitgekom. Ons het vir 'n ruk lank groen mamba gebruik wat net so goed was maar vra eers jou dokter. Onthou babas voel jou onrustigheid aan en is dan ook onrustig en baie babas het minder slaap nodig maar ek volg die sleepsense se raad van hoe lank wakker 'n baba kan wees tot hy oorgestimuleerd is. Stertke

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Posted by: lizette | 2007/08/20

I agree about the porridge, it's too early. You can also try Natura Rescue Remedy drops with Natura tissue salts nr8, which is a tablet that you can disolve in a bit of water.They have no side-effects. You should also take a dose of Rescue Remedy with your baby, it will make you calmer and more able to cope with the crying. can't you order the Novalac AC from somewhere? Where is your nearest big town?Try to stick with one milk , it will add to the constipation.

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Posted by: sambinoct | 2007/08/20

I personally think she is too young for porridge.
The poo will be greeny in colour because of the iron in the formula milk and it is common for babies, breast or formula to not pass a stool every day. Constipation is more about the texture of the poo. If it's pebbles then she's constipated. But if it's soft then she's not. Maybe you are giving her too much stuff at one time. Use one remedy for a while, give it time to work. I used Bennetts colic mixture and it worked fine. Gaviscon is more for reflux. Telemant didn't work for my baby either. Gripe just made him miserable, try use the non-alcohol gripe. But stick to 1 remedy for at least 2 weeks. I know what it feels like to be helpless when your baby is so uncomfortable, shame. Hang in there. And I don't think any of this has to do with the fact that she was prem.
Some babies NEVER sleep through the night, that is the reality. My son is 2.5 years old. He never slept thorugh the night and he still doesn't. The general rule is that after 6 months of age they don't need to feed at night anymore if they are otherwise healthy. Some babies just don't need as much sleep. Good luck, I feel it with you.

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Posted by: Pink | 2007/08/20

Just to add, I feel as though the milk is not feeding her enough, hence the reason the for the porrige.

Also, since the Behoedsmiddel was stopped she has become constipated and her stomach will only work once every 2 or 3 days and colour hasn't changed...

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