So, my baby is currently 11 weeks old and has had a somewhat traumatic start to life. Initially, he had issues with his tummy (incredibly distended and constipated) and breathing. We were repeatedly shot down by our GP and local hospitals until he was 7 weeks old when I took him back to A&E again after vomiting with blood in it. After the implications I was just a paranoid new mother, a specialist confirmed he had Pyloric Stenosis and required immediate, life saving surgery. We were transferred to a Children's Hospital, and the surgery took place.
However, since coming back home (1 month now), my baby just cannot settle. Before surgery, he was such a calm baby despite being poorly and projectile vomiting everywhere. He slept incredibly well and barely cried for no reason. Since coming home, he has become increasingly more irritable and it is affecting his sleep. He keeps twitching and moving in his sleep and crying in his sleep (it is very sad sound, not like his usual hunger cry). It is now every time he sleeps or naps, and now it starting to refuse to go to sleep until he cries himself out. When he gets like this, nothing calms him really, and once he finally crashes to sleep, in about half an hour, he is then whimpering and crying in his sleep again. Can babies get nightmares or night terrors? Could it possibly be related to the surgery since this has only started since hospital? Lastly, has anyone got any tips on how to soothe him. My current methods are stroking his hair, rocking him, hugs and kisses, talking to him softly, offering a dummy if he is awake and willing to take it (he isn't the biggest fan of dummies) and of course the usual biological checks like feeds when he is hungry and changing when he needs it. Sometimes hugs and kisses help, but this is becoming rare now