My 9 month old keeps waking at night from gas. Any suggestions?? I've tried everything :(

Stacey - posted on 08/20/2009 ( 70 moms have responded )

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My son is a constipated baby and has been since he was born. He slept thru the night at 8 weeks til about 10 weeks ago. He wakes up every night with gas pains and won't go back to sleep until he toots. He has had tests done and they all came back normal but his colon is full of bowel and the doc has him on miralax everyday til he becomes normal with pooping. I've tried everything I read, heard and seen....I'm totally open for suggestions on how to get rid of his gas issues (which i know is part of the constipation)???? (oh and he has been on regular formula, nutramigen, gentlease and now on soy, so who knows)

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Stacy - posted on 08/25/2009

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Take bayleaf and fennel seeds and water and boil it up so it makes a tea. Let it cool a bit so its warm. Take out the seeds and leaves and put it in the bottle or sippy cup and let them drink it about an hour before bed. My Great grandmother used this for her kids and throughout generations after and it always works and totally natural. Good Luck :)

Tammy - posted on 08/20/2009

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My son did that too - Are you using powdered formula? If so, when you make his bottles, don't shake them to mix them. Use a spoon instead to stir the powder into the water. Then let the bottle sit a minute or two before you feed it to him. Also, don't let him chug his bottles - it builds up gas very fast. We also gave my son about 2-3 ounces of warm water (after his regular bottle) before bed. That seemed to help. We also used mylicon drops. Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 08/25/2009

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Bio Gaia probiotics worked wonders for us.. it's all natural!!! Oval seemed to harsh on his tummy. It's just 5 drops a day! Hope it helps..

Krista - posted on 08/20/2009

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You could also do a baking soda sitz bath. It loosens the sphincter so that it's easier to have a bowel movement. Use warm water and add about 1/4 of a cup of baking soda and let him sit for a while. If you do this before bed, it might help.

Laura - posted on 08/23/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

my daugher is 4 months old and very gasy and almost always has been.. to help her with gas i give her mylicon gas drops before and after every other time she eats and when she cant poop i give her a teaspoon of Light Kayro syrup in a every 4 ounces of her bottle it really seems to help.. also if i lay her on back and play with her legs like as if she was running it really seems to help her toot and release some of that gas. Goodluckk!



DONT give your baby the Caro syrup. I was told to do that too but then my dr told me that the syrup and any sryup is just like honey and can give them botchulism (sp?) poisoning

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Claudia - posted on 05/27/2012

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wow my son had the same problem,but recently he changed to enfamil Nutramigen,and hes much better,poops 3/4 times a day,and stop withb the gas problem.Did you try Water colic?Try in his formula 1 tsp of Light Karo Syrup a day,thats what my doctor told me,i just stop giving him because,hes better.My son will be 2 months old in june2nd.I hope he fells better,its so hard...

Margaret - posted on 05/21/2012

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Hi Mums
I haoe that some of you have found the culprit of your babies waking up.
I read all of your comments yesterday afetr an especially hard night.
My story is pretty much like evryones but last night my son slept from 9 pm till 5 am for the first time.
He is 12 months old and as your babies mostly sleeps for a few hours then wakes every hour, but sometimes his pain starts an hour after bed time.
He was born with bad silent reflux ( i took him of medication at 5 months and it looked like he was'nt in pain anymore).
He wakes up on average 8 times a night in what appears to be gas problems, i dont believe in letting him cry so i always go to him but at times have watched him next to the cot and sometime he'll fart and then sleep again, so i definatelly think its gas related
or atleast stomach problems.
@ night ago though was extremely bad and i felt so sorry for him, he was awake most of 4 hours as i walked around the house with him, he'd fall asleep but wake 10 minutes later in pain.
So i came to work and started googling.
i've prevoiusly seen a pediatrician, and for the last month tried Lactose free diet but it didnt seem to help.
So after reading all your posts i deceided to try everything.
I went to the chemist and stoked up.
between 4 and 7 i gave him 2 lots of Gaviscon ( reflux medication )
Something called colic relief ( 3 times)
2 lots of infants friend ( meant to help gas)
Then put infacol into his bottle and gave him some nurofen ( he's also got teething pain)
He normaly goes to bed at 7 but as daycare gave him an extra sleep he was awake till 9.
But for the first time in 12 months he slept from 9 pm till 5 am . (only waking once tugging at his ear- i gave him some bonjela and he went back to sleep for the rest of the night)
Hopefully he will do the same tonight and if he does i will slowly take away some of the remedies until i find which one actually helped.
Something makes me wonder if he really was ready to get of the reflux medication.
PS i also for the first time tried the bicycle legs and he did a fart, definately doing it every night now.
Have any of you found anything thats helped your babies or have they now outgrown it?

Kristi - posted on 08/25/2009

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Peppermint is good for upset tummy's and systems and molasses is a laxative that may help move things through. I'd go to the health food store and ask.

LINDA - posted on 08/25/2009

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if your giving him juice try not to give to much cause it does give him gas instead give him some water with a little sugar not a lot or warm milk that should help do not give juice before bed lynn

Joyce - posted on 08/25/2009

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Goat's milk is touted to be the closest to mother's milk.

Hyland's has a series of products for gas/teething/colic etc... check out their website for merchants near you or if you have a natural pharmacy health food store go see them.

Good Luck

Joyce - posted on 08/25/2009

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Quoting Stacey:

My 9 month old keeps waking at night from gas. Any suggestions?? I've tried everything :(

My son is a constipated baby and has been since he was born. He slept thru the night at 8 weeks til about 10 weeks ago. He wakes up every night with gas pains and won't go back to sleep until he toots. He has had tests done and they all came back normal but his colon is full of bowel and the doc has him on miralax everyday til he becomes normal with pooping. I've tried everything I read, heard and seen....I'm totally open for suggestions on how to get rid of his gas issues (which i know is part of the constipation)???? (oh and he has been on regular formula, nutramigen, gentlease and now on soy, so who knows)


 

Stacey - posted on 08/25/2009

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thank everyone for the suggestions....we are in the process of trying a few things :)

Lisa - posted on 08/24/2009

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Hi there! I hope after reading some of these suggestions you and your son have found some relief. My son had terrible constipation and gas too. We switched to Carnation Good Start formula (it's easier to digest) and as he was making the transition Symethicon drops. It was pretty quick to fix looking back. When incidental episodes occured after this, I found that laying him on his belly on my lap (head facing my knees) and massaging his lower back brought some relief too. All the best!

Dian - posted on 08/24/2009

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Gripe water is a must for any mommy-- a couple of squirts and my baby toots :D other than that, if you are breastfeeding, you can try drink prune/cranberry juice. That's all my 2 cents

Ann - posted on 08/24/2009

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put a table spoon in Kero?(molasses) syrup, not sure of the spelling, in his bottle before bed a couple times a week. It was something my mother had done with me when I was a baby. I did not believe it but it works great for baby constipation and it is all natural.

Deniche - posted on 08/24/2009

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Cay nip tea. I can find it at a drugstore or a herbal store. Karo sryup (clear kind) in some warm water, put a tespoon in there. Trust me I had tha same problem and my god mother told me to do it and it worked! Ask older ppl they have insane ideas but they work. :)

Renee - posted on 08/24/2009

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Colic Calm is the only thing that works for my son. Its expensive but worth it!

Michelle - posted on 08/24/2009

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Ok, so if you are tired of trying all of the home remedies and your baby still suffers, I would strongly suggest trying chiropractic. Now, I don't mean some diversified guy that wants to twist your little guy up and crack his neck and stuff, I mean go to a NON-diversified chiropractor (IF you can find one) and 10 to 1 you are fine in a visit or 2. This is also what I would suggest if you or your kids have ear problems...ear aches, ear infections...it's the last thing people would think of and probably sounds bizarre but it makes the most sense! Your pediatrician probably won't let you in on this or would pass it off as holistic stuff, but if you could stay away from the meds for your kiddo, wouldn't you want to at least try? Remember though, NON-diversified. They are non invasive and gentle, even with adults. My chiro has NEVER twisted me up to crack something and I started going as a total skeptic when I was pregnant with my #4 and much longer story short, I am definitely a believer! For my kids as well as for me, and you wouldn't believe the things a good chiropractor will treat.

Tina - posted on 08/24/2009

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Boil an onion and give the baby the juice from the onion it also works with kolic.

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When my son was little and he had gas I would lay him on his back and slowly lift his legs, with his knees bent, toward his stomach. He would fart immediately. We tried alot of things but this always worked wonders for him and was the easiest and quickest fix.

Rhonda - posted on 08/24/2009

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my twins were very gassy...still have occasional episodes. We ended up using infacol drops which helped, but overall we use chiropractor care. We were going 2x/week to start, then 1x/week, and now we're just doing about every 5-8 weeks. We are trying to switch over to homo milk, so we may need to go a bit more. Good luck...sleepless nights and painful tummies tear out the heart strings. Take care.



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Amy - posted on 08/24/2009

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Our son had a lot of gas pain too. We would do the Itsy Bitsy Yoga exercises for gas relief and they helped. You might be able to find this book at your library. We use powdered formula, so we mix up a day's worth and keep it in the fridge. We fill his bottles from that so as to minimize the bubbles in his bottles. We have found that store brand gas drops work just as well as the name brand ones. When you start him on solid foods, talk to your doc about starting out with oatmeal instead of rice cereal. Rice cereal can worsen the constipation. Give him lots of hugs and consider letting him suck on a pacifier if this comforts him.

Leslie - posted on 08/24/2009

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Mine did better with gas after going on soy and a big dose of gas medicine right before bedtime. But he did still have gas issues just not as bad.

Avis - posted on 08/24/2009

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make sure to let your baby drink fluid before or after he drinks his milk. And for the gas pain, I put green oil (manzanilla-can be bought in the philippines only i think but maybe you can buy oil for gas pain just put little amount on your palm before rubbing on baby's tummy and foot) on his stomach and on his foot (this allows to release the gas from the stomach or reduces gas pain) and so far it was effective on my baby.

Julie - posted on 08/23/2009

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what worked for my daughter was Infant Gas Drops...work almost everytime (which was almost nightly) Also before we put her down for the night we would lay her on her back and do "bicycle legs" with her..and push her legs up to her belly..(that actually forces the gas out) I hope this helps!

Francine - posted on 08/23/2009

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my granddaughter is also the same way. at 2 yrs and 7 months she is finally going most times on her own. her stool would be so huge her little bung hole would bleed! something I guess that has to work out on its own like her. I pray she is done with the problem! I would give her the tea and it seemed to help her.. God bless you lil boy~

Francine - posted on 08/23/2009

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mint tea~ decaf and some Karo to sweeten it. make sure the nipple hole isnt too big~

Tristan - posted on 08/23/2009

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I have a 5 week old that has terrible gas problems as well, and because she is so young, there is little that we can do. However, we tried gripe water for the first time the other day and it really seemed to help. It is an herbal supplement and should be available at your local drug store. Best of luck :)

Jillian - posted on 08/23/2009

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my son had the same problem around the same age turns out the doctor suggested it was the baby food. He was never able to eat baby cereal because he would scream bloody murder. When he was your sons age I asked the doctor she said try organic baby food some babies have problems with the overly processed foods. he had enough teeth to eat people food so I never tried organic but I did use organic baby cereal and he could eat that. Just a suggestion.

Amy - posted on 08/23/2009

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Hi! I would definitely try giving him pureed pears. It's worked for a number of adults I know, and when I tried giving pureed pears to my baby girl (now 14 months old) she was "cleaned out" within an hour or two :) Thoroughly disgusting I must say but it worked a treat - and was a much yummier and healthier option that some others. I still feed her pears and it works every time. Hope that helps!

Julie - posted on 08/23/2009

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This sounds exactly like our daughter...she is now 3. She has been constipated since she was born and she would cry every time she needed to poop. She has been using Miralax for the last year, but recently, since using the potty, she is going way better! As an infant, the ONLY thing that worked was gripe water...its hard to find, but you can get it on diapers.com. You can give it every 4 hours and it works way better than all the others...we tried them all! I hope this helps...

Sally - posted on 08/23/2009

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Miralax is giving him poo pains and thats the reason he is restless. My daughter at 9 months had 1 KILO of poo stuck in her bowel. Yes thats right 1 KILO think of mince. I went to Dr Reuben Jackson a Paediatric Gastroenterologist. He put my daughter on Mocical and over the counter constipation relief. Its a sachet and I would mix it in water and add to bottle. A sachet a day but 20 to 30 mls in the bottles so they can't taste it. To get her moving she was two sachet a day. If Moviol didn't help then it would have to be in surgury and you don't want to get to that point. Dr Reuben Jackson is at Randwick Private hospital 9650 4433. He is that good that people travel all over Australia to see him and even from New Zealand. He knows his stuff and trust me no amount of prune juice or water is going to move it, get him help now. Its the best thing I ever did....

Balinda - posted on 08/23/2009

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Hi Stacey-
I would recommend taking your baby to the Chiropractor! I have 2 children myself and they have been getting checked since birth. A lot of times when a child is experiencing a lot of symptoms it means that his body is not working at its highest potential- A specific on purpose chiropractor will help and explain the importance of getting all children checked- All of the suggestions below all tell you to give your baby medications which will only mask the initial problem- shouldn't you make sure that your baby's body is working properly so that it can eliminate properly. The only person qualified is a chiropractor. I know of a few very good chiropractors- so ask if you need help finding one!

Nikki - posted on 08/23/2009

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i found the soy was the worst for constapation made my son bound op for 5 days ugh try prune juice and formula at his nite nite bottle the miralax is good for maintanince but do you have anything to really make him go? also try to make him toot before bed try rubbing his tummy while he is laying across your legs face down silly position but you can fit your hand in btwn your legs to get to his belly. or have him ride am imaginary bike with his legs going quite quickly. we used the baby gasdrops and they worked well but onlt use them once a day or they don't do the job so well. you can also give him extra water or fluid of your choice not formula to help him loosen up his stool good luck

Debbi - posted on 08/23/2009

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My son has always had gas issues and needed help with bowel movements. We use the mylicon (or store brand) drops and Dr. Brown's bottles help with the gas/air bubbles. Miralax helps with the bowel movements. Pear juice, prune juice, corn syrup, etc never worked. But Miralax does. We put some in every bottle, like 1/8 tsp into a 4 oz bottle. Just enough to help him go with a good consistency once or twice a day. Once we got him pooping regularly on Miralax, the gas definitely got better, but we still use the gas drops to help. I hope you find exactly what's right for him.

Evelyn - posted on 08/23/2009

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I swear by this product go to walgreens and get Gripe water for colic. the exact name is Wellements Gripe water for Colic made with organic ingredients for stomach upsets,gas,teething, hiccups in infants and babies. This my friend truely works

Akimyo - posted on 08/23/2009

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Pears worked almost immediately with my son, we used the jar puree, but grinding fresh pears would probably work even better. Also, if he doesn't have any milk allergies, yogurt on a daily basis works well to establish the good bacteria in the bowel that correlate with good bowel habits. If you want to take that a step further they have a children's brand of lactobacillus in drug stores that may help restore his bowel pattern naturally!

Chona - posted on 08/23/2009

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Maybe its from switching all different kinds of formulas. Have your tried Baby Yoga for digestion? I just read and article about Chiropractors helping a child that had been suffering from constipation and abdominal pain for a long time. She didn't sleep or eat well and was often so irritable. The Chiropractor noticed that the girls ankles didn't line up. they took a stool culture, found that the level of healthy bacteria in her gut were low and gave her a probiotic supplement to replenish them. Good luck

Nancy - posted on 08/23/2009

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Have you tried Chiropractic care. They can do things that help with gas. I did that with both of my girls and we were able to get passed the gas. My oldest was the gas queen. We did massage on her also. Hope this helps

Nikki - posted on 08/23/2009

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We use Colic Calm on my month old daughter who has the same problem. You can only order it on line and it seems to help her immensely and she poops pretty good because of it. It only like one a day or whatever but her diaper just kinds gets loaded. ha ha. also it makes her stools darker(like really dark)
go to www.coliccalm.com

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Try some of the new bottles that include the tube to control the flow of formula to insure it comes from the bottom of the bottle and eliminates the air pockets. Also new mothers have a tendency to rock or bounce babies as they feed in a less upright position which increases the intake of air in the nipples and remember to keep the nipple full of milk at all times.

Gemma - posted on 08/22/2009

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We had a problem with tummy pains for a long time! Breast milk seemed to make it worse & formula didn't seem to help either!

I then tried the formula Aptamil and it worked wonders within 2 days!

I was told not to keep changing his formula and not to mix formual & breast milk. Also try & give water as a drink. But do try the Aptamil as I really found this worked and avoid SMA formula! Also a little belly & back massage helped too. Good luck x

Jody - posted on 08/22/2009

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It's been a while since my boy had regular gas problems, as he's 2 1/2 now, but it was a common problem for him. It turns out that he has some food sensitivities like I do, so I eliminated the common things to see what usually set him off. It's not always crystal clear, even now that he's a toddler. Generally at his age, mylicon drops do the trick, although I was reluctant to give them to him when he was an infant. If I have second child, I won't be so nervous!!



One other thing that worked pretty well was infant massage, especially the "I Love You" method, which essentially has you gently coaxing the gas out of him. Another good and simple one is to slowly "bicycle" his legs which helps the gas escape/move. There are many great sites and books and youtube movies about infant massage, one of which is posted here. This may not always work in the moment, but doing it regularly really can help keep things moving in your baby's insides, as well as provide a host of other health benefits.



Best of luck. I think some babies are just gassier than others, but it does get better.

Molissa - posted on 08/22/2009

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It's similac for sensitive stomachs or just the soy formula. They have a few different ones, especially brands, but try that.

Molissa - posted on 08/22/2009

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I wouldn't do karo syrup. It can make them diabetic later. Try switching formula if you're using one for sensitive tummies. My son was really gassy and constipated. Then we switched his formula to soy, and it's been great since. Ask the baby doc for any suggestions. She told me to give prune juice for constipation. We also use glycerin suppositories when that won't help. Get the child sized ones and cut off in half. Insert and try to keep it in for as long as you can until poop comes out.

Helen - posted on 08/22/2009

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my little buba has has severe constipation and gasproblems too, he's only 5 months old now. I tried every formula milk available but we are now giving normal cow's milk mixed with water. I actually have a dairy farm so i get my milk direct from the cow, boil it, then mix 3 parts milk, 1 part water. Also to avoid constipation avoid giving carrots and bananas. I do hope it gets better, our little one went 3 weeks without pooping unless we gave him a suppository xx

Sheena - posted on 08/22/2009

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Hi Nicole...
My son was not only getting gas issues at night but he was also having issues like getting congested and a few other things...
Caro Syrup gave him diarrhea and Miralax made him very cranky!
Ask the doctor to check if your baby is Lactose intolerant...

Nicole - posted on 08/22/2009

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When both of my kids had excessive gas, I switched their formulas, and it worked!

Quentilla - posted on 08/21/2009

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Mylicon gas drops worked like a charm for my daughter. The gas was from her formula, which we ended up changing, so you'll still want to get to the root cause of the problem. The drops will provide some much needed relief for baby and YOU too in the meantime! And, they're totally safe...just follow the instructions.

Nicole - posted on 08/21/2009

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Both of my children have had issues with very painful gas (mostly at night), which would also wake them up between the time they were infants until they were toddlers. There was no liquid I could give them that would help. The only thing that would alleviate their gas pains so they could sleep was to lay them on their stomachs and carefully, but firmly, apply pressure with the bottom of my palm, starting towards their bottoms and slowly working my way up towards their necks and ending between the shoulder blades. I had to repeat this process for about three minutes to take effect. I know their stomachs and organs are fragile and sensitive, so I was very careful to not apply too much pressure, and I would caution any parent to be just as careful. However, they would sigh in relief as I did this, so I know it helped them and didn't hurt them. This was the only way any of us were able to sleep for a minimum of five to seven hour intervals.

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