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
Hi lovely, sorry to hear your concerns were dismissed in the beginning but glad he now has the surgery done and recovering well.Has he been discharged from the hospital now or do you Harper another check up app to go back? It’s hard to obviously say what’s causing it. Babies go through growth spurts which causes them to be unsettled and they have one at 3 months. The other things I do to settle baby to sleep is stroke his nose and when he was little I would put my hand on his tummy and gently rock him that way.
Have you tried leaving white nose on. I did that in his younger days and it seemed like the noise helped to soothe him sometimes. Maybe he felt safe rather than being in complete quietness. I have heard of people running a tissue down the babies face ( I didn’t try that)
Is he formula feed and if so is he happy durning feeds. I had to change to the colic and constipation formula as my boy wasn’t enjoying his feeds and that definitely helped.
Could it be colic or trapped wind. For colic maybe try some drops. Also could you talk to your midwife. Mine was so helpful as they have seen it all before and might be able to give some tips.
The music I use now to help baby sleep is youtube.com/watch?app=deskt...
Hope little one settles soon but know you are doing a great job. The early days are hard and bless him he has had it rough but lucky he has a mummy who is fighting his corner xxx
Hi! Thank you so much for your reply Sadly, the hospitals where I live don't do follow up checks for Pyloric Stenosis surgeries (no idea why!). So, we have kinda been left! We did take him a week after his surgery as he was still being sick, but turns out he was also allergic to cows milk proteins, so we are now currently on a prescription milk.
White noise wise, he loves the fan being on and he also loves the sound of water whether that be rain or ocean waves etc, but I will definitely try that link! Thank you
I did think of Colic, and so have been using Gripe Water on and off which does seem to help a little bit, I think? Although I am quite lucky in the food department - he loves feed times and is already showing an interest in my food lol
Thank you again
Oh gosh bless him! Don’t be afraid to keep taking him back to the doctors if you feel that’s needed. I am currently having to do that at the minute as my little boy has eczema. I have read you other replies and like you say how can they rule out a lactose intolerance so quickly too.
Gosh when you said rain that took me right back to the early days as yes we had rain noise too. The white noise annoyed me but I could eventually sleep the rain was much more relaxing 😂
Colic is a hard one as some things work for some babies and not others. We used colief. I helped a bit but didn’t take it completely away.
It a good sign he is enjoying his feeds! As you know their stomach is really sensitive in babies until they get much older so it could just be normal but if it was me I would double check and push the docs again.
Good luck lovely xxx