Hi. I'm looking for a bit of advice. My little girl is 13 months old. She's my second so I'm genuinely not a hysterical mum. She's been breastfed since birth and started weaning at 6.5 months. She has ALWAYS been a screamer. She arches her back, brings her knees up and thrashes around- this only stops when she has passed wind. She has high pitched pain screaming fits, difficulty passing wind but is rarely constipated. She is a petite/ slim baby but often has a hard pot belly that goes after she screams and manages to pass wind. It's like she has cramps after every meal/ breastfeed. I am utterly exhausted and worn out from the screaming- I can count on three fingers the amount of times she has slept longer than 3 hours. My eldest daughter has essentially lost me to her sister as she needs constant placating/ stomach massage. She hasn't got reflux.
Everytime I go to the doctors I feel utterly fobbed off with "it's a phase" or spoken to like I am a hysterical mother. I'm not- my baby screams for hours every day and is in obvious pain but she does the whole "oh this is a new place" and quietens down when she's at the doctors (typical child....). I'm genuinely at my wits end and am now on anti-depressants as I am failing my baby and can't cope.
Her dad suffers with IBS- can you be born with it? Is it likely or even possible that this could be IBS? She has definite trigger foods that we try and avoid but lately it's everything. It's heartbreaking. She has such lovely brief sunny periods and then she's overtaken by the screaming cramping fits again. I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any experience like this with a child so young?
Thanks for reading!