A 33-year-old female asked:
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my 1 year old baby has been waking up several times during the night and just strains his body and cries for a few min it's been happening for 2 weeks?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Reflux?: Was your baby very spitty as an infant? Any new foods or milks introduced recently? Acid reflux often flares at night, causing a burning and choking sensation, triggering arousals from discomfort. This is something for you and your pediatrician to consider, but a history and physical is warranted to evaluate for other causes such as ear infection, etc.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
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Dr. Wendy Kaufer
22 years experience Pediatrics
Likely normal: Baby is likely experiencing normal sleep/wake cycles. The crying and flexing are the baby's attempts at self soothing even though he's not fully awake. If episodes last a few minutes and baby can put himself back to sleep just monitor. However, if baby develops signs of illness, is excessively sleepy during day, not feeding well or behavior changes, call your pediatrician right away,
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
43 years experience Pediatrics
Teething,acidity: Try giving tylenol (acetaminophen) at bedtime for a few days.Go over any new foods he is eating.You can give him some mylanta or gas drops if he is gassy.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
Gas pains: It sounds to me like he is probably having some spasmodic gas pains. Has there been a major change in his diet, perhaps switching off formula to whole milk? Try giving him 0.6 ml of mylicon (simethcone) drops before he eats. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. :)
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
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