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Baby Jittery Makes Movements
My baby is very jittery and frequently makes sudden, quick movements. Is this normal for an infant?
Yes: This is sounds normal (especially if it is intermittent & not constant). Your baby's central nervous system is not fully mature, and it is common for her to make short, jerky movements in response to sudden or loud noises. Most babies have a prominent "moro" reflex (a normal newborn "startle" reflex) that lasts up to 6 months of age. If persistent or severe (full body shaking) consult your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poor description: Babies have a lot of random movements that are designed to preserve muscle mass & function until the nervous system matures enough to use them in more refined ways.Maturity progresses top down &from the middle outward.Stiff reflex movement in the legs lessens to allow getting to standing by 9-10mo.`the refined movements needed to cut with scissors doesn't come in until age 6-8. ...Read more
I am 17, but since a year ago, I have been acting like a infant.(movements)What is wrong with me? I knew everything when I was 15.I was normal then.
Behavior: I'm not exactly sure what you mean, here I see that you have some psychiatric history. I would see a doctor about these complaints. They may be part of your diagnosis. ...Read more
When my baby (4 months) plays, she enjoys being vigorously bounced. How much movement is safe for babies at this age?
Bouncing a baby on : one's knee usually doesn't cause Shaken Baby Syndrome. How vigorous is vigorous? Be sure her neck strength & control keeps her head aligned, not flopping or snapping back & forth. "Tummy time" on the floor promotes raising the head, neck & upper trunk. By 5 months, she should shift her weight to one forearm, reach for & attain a toy with the other arm & hand. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies : Every infant has different routine for passing stool, some may poop daily some every other day. Usually breast fed babies poop more often, after every feed. But regardless of the routine if baby is making normal texture stools and feeding well with normal weight gain, no need to worry. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Baby stool (poop) can be light colored, usually a blend of yellow with some brown or green. However, if the poop gets lighter and lighter in color, becoming a grey/white color, then there is a problem (not enough bile is mixing into the stool). A doctor will then need to evaluate the baby, to look for a liver or gall bladder problem causing the very light colored stool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am feeling a lot of movement in my abdomen. It feels exactly like the movements if a baby. I have had four babies, but I don't believe I am preg.
My infant won't make a bowl movement unless I stick a thermometer in her rectum and move it around. Is this normal? How do I get her to go on her own?
Bowel Movements: She will go on her own when she is ready to go. The biggest mistake we as parents make is thinking our babies have to go everyday. If you keep stimulating her with the thermometer, she will get to the point she will only go when she has that stimulus. So stop doing that. Some babies go multiple times a day, some go everyday, some go once a week. Adults do that too. Be patient. ...Read more
It depends: The problem is that babies aren't coordinated and don't open their sphincter immediately when they have a bowel movement. Also, it's harder to have a bowel movement when you are lying down. As long as the stool is soft, there really isn't a problem with them straining a bit. It doesn't necessarily mean that there is anything wrong. If the stool is hard balls, see your doctor for help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BM in formula fed: Infant. They may go from several times a day to once a week. It is very much a variable thing. The idea that an infant has to go everyday or they are not " normal" is just not true. Think about how different we all are as adults. As long as baby does not have a rock hard tender abdomen, no fever, is eating well, and not tearing its little bum when it goes it is okay. What goes in will come out. ...Read more
Is it normal for my infant (4weeks old) who is breastfed to have 10-12 bowel movements a day and he cries and seems to be in serious pain?
Pain isn't normal: It is common for some breast fed babies to have a bowel movement with each feeding (sometimes, just small squirts). As long as it is soft, not hard balls, it is usually normal. But, if your baby really seems uncomfortable and cries excessively, he should be checked by his doctor. ...Read more
My infant is 1week 3daya old not having reg. Bowl movements and isn't burping after feeding i've given him gripe water&still no help what meds to giv?
Define & use natural: If breast fed, stooling less often& skipping days i would leave it alone if still soft. Bf infants can stool a little every feed or a crib full once a week.Bottle fed kids are expected to go daily. I've had success with undiluted prune or apple juice, 1oz once or twice daily.Water may also help ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Digestible: Breast milk is very easily digestible. Nearly all the nutrients are absorbed and there is very little fiber which passes into bowel movements. It is completely normal for breast fed babies to have soft bowel movements every 1-4 days. Call your doctor if the stools are very hard- like little balls- or if the stools are extremely watery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it blood?: First, is it blood? Newborns especially can pass dark urine that when dried in a diaper can look like blood. Sometimes genuine blood can come from bloody vaginal discharge (normal in a newborn), or from a crack or fissure near the anus. Not sure what's going on? Go see the pediatrician for an exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is head crawling in 10.5 months old infant normal? He is also doing weird hand movement (twirling his right hand).
Concerned : Using the head to crawl is unusual, especially when combined with abnormal head movements. An evaluation of motor strength and unusual muscular tone is warranted. A general pediatrician should be able to perform the initial exam and determine if further work up or referral is necessary. ...Read more
Can babies get seizures while in utero? Will that continue affecting them once they're born? 27w pregnant, baby makes erratic movements/twitches.
Is it normal for a 10 week old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?
My 12 week old formula fed infant appears to be constipated. Is there anything I can do to help him have a bowel movement?
Yes, but...: Keep in mind the symptoms of constipation are by definition hard and painful to pass stools. Remember a little pushing and uncomfortableness is ok as long as the stools are soft. Also an every other day stool for some bottle fed babies is fine. Keep in mind the position babies are in as they stool, FLAT ON THEIR BACK. Can you imagine? One oz water and one oz apple juice once will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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