I have a four week old baby who is experiencing alot of the things that I have read on the forums here. However, he seems to be experiencing alot of them.
Firstly-he is extremely hard to settle, after he has a bottle, he sometimes drifts straight off to sleep but other times it can take at least 45 minutes to settle him. I do know that he has trouble passing wind but i do stop midway through to burp him. He usually brings up a few burps but still remains unsettled-sometimes wriggling but other times grizzling. He is a pig with his food-can consume up to 150 mls every three hours and I have tried so many different bottles and teats to make him slow down but he still eats it all within 10 minutes-thus giving him alot of wind. I even spent 30 dollars on avent bottles that are supposed to prevent colic but the teats arent slow enough so he gets the milk too fast.
i wrap him in a muslin wrap but the boy is that active that he fights with all his might to get out of it and he generally does-thus waking himself out of sleep.
During the day he may not sleep at all-even if he isn't grizzling he just refuses to sleep-then through the night he is still waking up every three hours to feed. I know that 150 mls is alot of formula for his age but i cant help but feeling that the amount on the can is not satisfying him as he cries and sucks on anything until he gets more.
People have suggested to thicken his food with a baby rice but i dont know if this is the right thing to do when he's so young.
he is gaining weight beautifully-although my birth was a c-section and he did suffer some foetal distress he has been examined by a doctor and a peadeatrician since and they see no worries.
Maybe its just me expecting to much of him but my partner and I are having trouble sleeping as he wakes every three hours then its taking 45 minutes to settle him.
Secondly, constipation. For the first couple of weeks I was feeding him s-26 and he became quite constipated. I tried the sugar and water and it seemed to work. Then he got a snuffly nose and was really irritable so i took him to see a doctor who diagnosed a throat and nose infection. He was on antibiotics for 5 days was passing poo great-not runny though. Then for the past few days he has seemd to be in discomfort-not all the time and is passing pebble like stools. I am giving him plenty of water but the past two poos have been hard. He doesnt however seem to have any trouble when passing them.
I was just wondering if anybody had any suggestions as we have rang helplines and they have simply said it sounds like colic-but he has better nights then bad nights. I just think its odd that his amount of feeds per day should have decreased but he is eating more and waking still every three hours-and i dont want to stretch him out as i feel cruel when he is hungry...i have tried everything when settling-elevating him,putting him in the pram and pushing it and sometimes they work but then other times he cries out continually.
if anybody has any suggestions or advice it would be greatly appreciated-the other morning i was that worried about his bowels as he hadnt been in 24 hours,whereas the week before he was going every third nappy or so-then he just came to this sudden halt. the pead said that he sounds constipated and to give him more water but didnt seem overly concerned.