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Restless sleeper

My daughter is 1 years old, but ever since about 5 months old she is extremely restless every night. We have done a bedtime routine with her since she was 3 months old. Goes down to bed beautifully at 6:30pm and sleeps great until 10pm then she doesn't wake up, but starts moaning and groaning and can't get comfortable ALL night (but is asleep). Is there something wrong with her? She has 2 naps 9 am - 10am and 1:30 pm - 2:30pm. Supper is around 4:45 and then she plays from about 5:15 - 6:00. We bath her at 6:00 and she is in bed at 6:30.
So what is going on at night, EVERY might? I am really concerned. I've tried mentioning it to her Dr and it is like he doesn't hear me. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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Yes, it very likely that gastric upset is the cause of her restlessness. Perhaps a discussion about this (rather than focusing on the sleep issue per se) with her peditarician would be useful.
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I can understand why her pediatrician is not concerned. As long as she is asleep and is otherwise developing normallyit does not sound like a cause for concern. When you comment that she is unable 'to get confortable', are you referring to the noises or some other aspect of her behavior while she is sleeping?
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There is no concern with her development at all. When I say get comfortable I mean that she stirs as well and can't seem to get into a position that is comfortable. So as she is moaning and groaning she is also squirming all around.
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She also burps and hiccups alot, could this have anything to do with it? She does both alot during the day and I don't notice it during the night but as soon as she wakes up in the am she lets out a really big burp.
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Do you feed her a bottle of milk right before bed? I have a daughter who used to go to sleep during or right after her last milk bottle at that age. I assumed that we did not need to burp her because she was alredy 1 year old and on solids. She had the same issue as yours, but she would wake up crying.  I started feeding her bottle 30 minutes before bed, so that she could stay up for a little while and get her burping done.  Maybe your daughter is unconfortable from her last meal in her stomach.  Just a thought.
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She doesn't take a bedtime bottle, but I have kind of wondered if maybe her belly is too full from supper. But I can't imagine feeding her any earlier than 4:45 and we have tried to keep her up later and it hasn't made any difference. I am totaly at a loss.
Thanks for you response any other ideas are greatly appreciated.
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Thank you Dr. Kennedy.

What would I tell my Dr exactly. Just that she burps and hiccups alot?
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Yes, by all means let him know about the gastric symptoms - they account for your daughter's discomfort.
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In the meantime, as I wait for an appt. Is there certain foods I should be avoiding? Would this mean she has an allergy to something or just that she's getting too much of something? Would she have to stay away from this food for life?
Thanks in advance, just thought if you knew what foods may attribute to this I could start removing them while I wait for an appt.
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Dr. Kennedy

In the meantime, as I wait for an appt. Is there certain foods I should be avoiding? Would this mean she has an allergy to something or just that she's getting too much of something? Would she have to stay away from this food for life?
Thanks in advance, just thought if you knew what foods may attribute to this I could start removing them while I wait for an appt.
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I really cannot offer you any guidance on that subject, but be sure to document precisely what your child's diet has consisted of. Scrutinizing that diet will likely offer the doctor some valuable clues.
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wow, your baby goes from 5pm to 6 am without another bottle? mine, even now wakes up in the middle of the nights, saying he is hungry. I was thinking her tummy was not too full but maybe too empty. that is a long time to go without food for a little one.  maybe by 10/11 she is hungry but not hungry enough to wake up.

i also was thinking it was the burping thing.but then i could burp mine in their sleep. have you tried to pick her up and burp her when she starts getting fussy like that. i used to give my deluted Chamomile tea to sooth the tummy issues. but i think they frown upon that now.  
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