I'm so sorry for the long post but I just don't know what to do anymore!
All help, advice and anecdotes gratefully appreciated as I'm at my wits end!
My DS is 5 months +1 (born at 36+3) and is EBF. He's always been pretty windy, though infacol and/or gripe water helped, until he was much better at getting up burps, circa 3 months, and would even do it himself during feeds. He is a super farter too and we do tummy massages and leg cycles etc at every nappy change throughout the day to keep on top of his wind. He's very active and happy during the day. Lots of leg kicking, tummy time, walks in the sling etc. He's never been a wonderful sleeper, but a while back we went thru a long phase of better night's; waking every 2 hours or so overnight, I'd bung him on a boob and between 1 and 10 minutes later he'd be back asleep in his next to me crib. I know 2 hours isn't great but it was the best we'd had and we were both ok with that.
He has silent reflux and was prescribed renitadine back at the start of July which helped his symptoms no end, however in the past, who can remember, 3 weeks or so (maybe 4??) he's gone to waking every hour (at least!!!!) overnight with horrible, clearly agonising, trapped wind (top and bottom). Sometimes I get a burp up, sometimes a fart, often nothing. It can take 45 minutes plus to get anything out and by that time he's wide awake. (Will need feeding back to drowsy which then risks more trapped wind!!) Often he stops howling before this time, and is clearly exhausted and desperate to sleep, and even though no wind has come out, I put him back down as he's already asleep and shattered in my arms. Half an hour later he's flapping like a fish out of water in his criband we have to do it all again.
My questions/points are this:
Why has his windyness regresses when no other factors have changed (surely he should be maturing out of this??)
Am I doing/not doing/missing something obvious?? I feel like I'm letting him down
My other half says switch to formula?? Any experience with anyone that this works??
GP says 'he's just a windy baby and will grow out of it'
I thought he already had, he seems to have grown back into it!?
I took him off the renitadine and his reflux symptoms all came back with no obvious improvement on the wind, so he's back on that.
Please anyone can you offer any advice, or is this really just another phase that will pass. We're both having horrible sleep and I don't know what else to do?!
THANK YOU!!!! xxxx