My LO is now 8 weeks old. When he is falling asleep, either with naps or at night, he often startles awake at least 3 times, but not with movement (it happens while swaddled) -- it's like he suddenly gets a yucky look on his face and his eyes pop open. Sometimes he cries a bit, sometimes not. So he finally is looking drowsy, closes his eyes, in REM for about 5 minutes, and then, boom, eyes pop open and yucky look on face. Then, bounce/rock him some more, he starts to get drowsy again, etc. It can happen up to 5-6 times. This means we have to sit with him for about 45 minutes when trying to get him down at night, waiting for him to really go down. It also means that daytime naps are often missed/delayed/abnormal because of the continual waking.
First, I suspected he may have reflux, because when I nurse him laying down, it all comes right back up. I thought it could be silent reflux, and saw him chomping around a couple of times with that yucky/pain look on his face, but honestly, it does not happen every time. Otherwise, he's not a big spitter. If I potty him after nursing (ECing for poop), he often spits up, but since we otherwise always keep him propped after eating, he only rarely spits up. He also doesn't cry when he does spit up. So, doctor has been hesitant to call it reflux. He suggested starting with probiotics first, to see if it was an intestinal imbalance. I managed to get one dose down, and he just seemed to be worse (more crying/fussiness). Then, he wouldn't take the bottle again (would you with that funny taste as a 6 week old?), so I gave up, and didn't want to jinx our use of the bottle in the future!
The nurses suggested it could be something in my diet. I have been dairy free for about 6 weeks, and soy free for about 3 weeks. There have been only a couple of slip ups on the diet. I have not eliminated tomatoes or broccoli, which nurse said could also be culprits. I stopped eating peanuts and beans as of about 3 weeks ago too. Not sure if sudden pain/discomfort is a symptom of food sensitivity?
As I'm writing this, I'm thinking, maybe it's pee?? I read that a lot of times babies pee right after falling asleep. Today, he was in the swing and suddenly started to cry, and I opened his diaper to see he was peeing. I started EC because of a bad diaper rash, and love it for poop, but have not thought seriously about doing it for pee (seems too overwhelming, will be going back to work...). Maybe I should have some more diaper free days, though, and see what happens as he falls asleep? Problem is, this happens when I'm wearing him or he is swaddled, so hard to do an experiment...
Anyway, has anyone noticed anything like this??