Q&A: His winds wake him every hour
My 4-month-old son, Kyle, does not sleep through the night because his winds wake him up. He is on Infacare soya milk formula and I add Telament drops to every feed. I usually give him a bottle and then put him to sleep, but he wakes up in pain and needing to be winded. This happens throughout the night, with about hourly intervals between burping sessions. I feed him about 150 to 200 ml of milk every two hours and he weighs about 6,5kg. I’m not sure the milk is causing this – should I change it? I tried going back to another brand and it gave him diarrhoea, he did not like it, and only drank it when he was really hungry. I’m sure were it not for the trapped winds he would actually sleep 8-10 hours at night. 

Tammy answers:

I would advise that you consider stop adding the Telament drops to Kyle’s feeds as they do not appear to be working, and rather change his milk formula, which may be the cause of the wind that he experiences.

Kyle might have a lactose intolerance or a possible milk allergy, since he experiences diarrhoea on a dairy-based formula. If an infant has a dairy allergy, it is possible that he/she could have a soy allergy as well. For this reason, you may want to consider a hypoallergenic feed.

Hypoallergenic feeds might not taste so great, but your baby will get hungry enough to drink it and he will get used to it, without the gastrointestinal discomforting wind he experiences.

A probiotic with the specific bacteria strain of Bifidobacterium Infantis may help to improve Kyle’s gut flora, which will aid with digestion and may help to reduce wind and cramps.

Although Kyle’s current weight is on the 50th percentile for his age, I do not know his birth weight so I cannot assess his growth. Ensure that you visit your clinic each month to check that your baby is growing according to the same percentile where his weight was plotted at birth.  

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