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The release of small or large amounts of milk — spilling or projectile.
Varying textures of milk — clear or cottage cheese.
Habitual swallowing of the burp — often called ‘silent reflux’.
Irritability, grizzling, inconsolable crying, screaming, bloating, cramps, excessive gas.
Heightened communication around and during bowel motions from excessive wind
passing through the intestines, frequent frothy and/or explosive bowel motions, or
• Wakefulness from discomfort with episodes of longer periods of sleep, but the latter
is often from exhaustion through crying and lack of sleep rather than the newborn
• Frequent searching for something to suck — exhibiting the ‘rooting reflex’.
• Weight gains may be at the lower recommended level, but are often steady and above
recommended levels because of unbalanced feeding practices.
• Arching backwards or sideways, writhing, wriggling.
• Pedalling legs.
• Gulping their milk, seeming very hungry while being restless — sometimes refusing to
feed, pulling off the nipple or when bottle-fed, having flailing arms and legs with much
turning of the head because of digestive discomfort.
• Hiccups — a newborn’s natural reflex for releasing ingested air. The more overloaded
they are by wind, the more hiccups they experience.
• Blueness or darkness around the mouth, which will come and go. This can be visible
above the top lip, under the bottom lip, or both simultaneously and can sometimes
spread as far as the bridge of the nose between the eyes. This sign of wind is present
for all newborns because all experience natural levels of ingested air. It becomes more
prominent as wind accumulates to overload levels.
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