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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Kaz | 2004/10/28

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crying when passing wind

Baby is 7 weeks old and often wakes up crying (day and especially at night) from trying to pass wind (from the bottom end). Nothing seems to comfort him besides a dummy and mom holding him until the wind is passed. He is exclusively breast fed and is in all other respects healthy. Any ideas as to why this is happening?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is common and no reason for concern. Sometimes babies swallow air when they suck and some people believe that the mom's diet may influence flatulence in the baby. You seem to be doing all the right things.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/01

There is an alcohol free variety of telement available. There is also an alcohol free gripe water available.

The "colic" that babies outgrow at 3 months or so is not colic. This is from not demand feeding. Baby cluster feeds in the mornings and evenings until about 12 to 14 weeks of age. So from about 6-8 am and about 3 - 7 pm will want to have little feeds about every 30 minutes to 1 hour or so. This builds up milk supply for the night ahead and the next day. If your baby suckles at 4 or so in the afternoon, I can assure you that they will want to suckle again at about 4:45 or 5 or 5:30.

Reply to Purple
Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/30

IT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL.

I liked all of "purple's" advice except the Telement...these things contain alcohol, hence your baby sleeps.

Congratulations on the breastfeeding! I hope that you will atleast breastfeed exclusively for the first 6months!

Here are some additional tips:
Wind your baby before, during and after a feed by holding your baby upright (nothing else).
Don't wait till your baby cries incessantly as this will create more colic & wind.
Colic, wind etc will be outgrown by about 4-6months, so hang in there!

Time is the only true CURE for colic, wind etc.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/29

People always tell you that your baby has wind when in fact they probably want a little suckle - for comfort or from thirst or hunger. Your baby being soothed by sucking on the dummy is probably a good sign that this is the case here.

A breast fed baby that latches properly (you can tell if they are latched properly because if not, you would have cracked nipples) will not suck aire in when feeding, so won't get wind from feeding.

About 10 minutes after feeding, milk that is digesting in baby's tummy will obviously produce wind, so if this is when baby wakes, then it is wind. Just pick him up and move him around in your arms, stroke his back, lie him tummy down across your legs. All these things will help the air come up.

To get them out the bottom, try lying him across your chest, tummy against you and rubbing his lower back.

There is no need to beat a breast fed baby on the back after a feed.

I did not "wind" my baby after feeds, much to his granny's horror, and I can assure you that all was well.

You can try Telement as well. I found that when my baby genuinely had a wind stuck, telement brought them out nicely (top and bottom) and within minutes he'd drifted off to sleep.

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