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Fussy (Overview)

A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, call your child's doctor.


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Why is my baby fussy after I feed him?

Why is my baby fussy after I feed him?

Probiotics: Many children will do better by simply adding a probiotic. The good bacteria help colonize the gut and assist digestion. Use one like culturelle baby or flora baby. Fussiness after eating clues me in to a digestive issue and i like to address that issue. ...Read more

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Fussy (Overview)

A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, call your child's doctor.


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What is the definition or description of: fussy?

What is the definition or description of: fussy?

Irritable: A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, call your child's doctor. ...Read more

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How come baby is fussy now? Never was before sitter came.

How come baby is fussy now? Never was before sitter came.

Sitter anxiety: Babies are very sensitive to change of environment including a change in caretaker. If yo know the new sitter is nto neglecting and/or abusing the baby, give the baby time to adjust. ...Read more

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My son had his 2month shots today now he really fussy and won't eat why won't he eat ?

My son had his 2month shots today now he  really fussy and won't eat why won't he eat ?

Many infants become : fussy, tired & not interested in feeding for 2-3 days after receiving vaccines. Ask his doctor about using Pedialyte to keep him well hydrated, with his usual number of wet diapers, & Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or fever. Take him to his doctor if he continues to be off his feed or have fever, a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees or >, for more than 3 days. Immunizations are important protection for him. ...Read more

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My three week old starts getting fussy in the afternoon through night time. What could cause this?

My three week old starts getting fussy in the afternoon through night time. What could cause this?

Colic: Babies can have fussy time in the afternoon thru evening from 2 weeks of age thru about 8 weeks. It is a normal but difficult time period of fussy belly and hence fussy baby. Try some skin to skin time as this often will soothe baby. If you get anxious or angry, put baby down in the crib for a while. Baby can cry alone for a few minutes until you feel under control again. ...Read more

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My two month gets her first shots in a few days what should I expect? Temperature? Not eating fussy? And why?

My two month gets her first shots in a few days what should I expect? Temperature? Not eating fussy? And why?

See below: Most commonly they have discomfort at the time of injection, which resolves quickly. A fever may happen, but not that common. And you may see some mild fussing. Appetite will not be affected. ...Read more

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My five year ran 102.0 for two days but felt fine. Some coughing. Now she's fussy with 97.3 temp? What is going on?

My five year ran 102.0 for two days but felt fine. Some coughing. Now she's fussy with 97.3 temp? What is going on?

Fussiness: At 102 she was incubating an infection, most probably a virus.Now she may be fussy because she may have developed an ear infection or other malady that is making her uncomfortable because of the viral infection. ...Read more

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Two week old has developed inconsistent latching issue. Baby becomes very fussy and frantically tries to latch for 30 min before success. Help!

Two week old has developed inconsistent latching issue. Baby becomes very fussy and  frantically tries to latch for 30 min before success.  Help!

Difficulty laching: May be breast nipples are retracted or not well formed and baby finds difficulty in latching. Mother posture or holdintg the baby improperly could be the reason for baby struggle Some time nasal congestion or any nasal abnormality may bbe the cause.Consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What causes fussiness in newborns?

What causes fussiness in newborns?

Many reasons: There are many reasons for a fussy newborn. Colic starts about a month of age, esophageal reflux can cause this, sometimes they are just fussy. However, there can be some very concerning reasons such as an infection. It is best to see your doctor about this.. ...Read more

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How do I manage a fussy baby?

How do I manage a fussy baby?

Check for the cause: Treatable causes should be addressed; hunger, fever, pain, overstimulation, injuries, bloody stools, excesive vomitting, refusal of feeds. If a check is normal then focus on soothing measures: carry baby, swaddling to limit movements, infant massage, pacifier, car rides etc. You should be well rested and stress free; call your pcp if there is risk of harm to baby or any of the causes mentioned above. ...Read more

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How should I deal with baby fussiness?

How should I deal with baby fussiness?

Fix what you can: Some parents find it helpful to make a list. Checking for specifics night or day reguardless of your level of fatigue.1. Basic needs: hungry, laying in pee, poo or spitup 2. Hot with fever/cold-?Need eval. Or warmer outfit. A lot of fussy babies are simply overly tired & the best you can do is create a good sleeping environment& help them settle. If all fails schedule a visit with you pediatrician. ...Read more

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How long are kids fussy from teething?

How long are kids fussy from teething?

Varies: All children react differently and their behavior can range from indifferent to highly irritable. ...Read more

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3 month old just isn't eating much and is fussy.

3 month old just isn't eating much and is fussy.

Sickness: Fussiness, less eating /poor sucking, excessive sleepiness, lethargy with poor muscle tone, fever or simetimes hypothermia are signs of infection. There can be associated runny nose, nasal stuffiness. Feed every 3 hours, make his nose is not blocked (b/c up to 6 mo. They are obligatory nose breather), make sure he pees at least 5-6 times/day. If any worsening, see his pediatrician. ...Read more

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What are portable lunch ideas for a fussy eater?

What are portable lunch ideas for a fussy eater?

Nutrition: Fussy eaters do best when they are engaged with the choice. Ideas include string cheese, apple slices and peanut butter (for no allergy kids), shell macaroni (in a warmed small thermos), boxed milk, protein bars, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Find 2-3 choices and rotate and establish a regular day routine so they are not surprised. Let them help pack the lunch the evening before! ...Read more

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Why are kids particularly fussy when they're 2yo?

This is the age...: ...When they have learned "can and can't", but not "may and may not". ...Read more

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Is it a psychological disorder to be a fussy eater?

Is it a psychological disorder to be a fussy eater?

Depends how fussy.: Fussy eating taken to an extreme can be part of a psychological disorder which can include anorexia nervosa, obsessive- compulsive disorder, phobic behaviors and even various forms of psychosis. On the other hand people have preferences for various foods which are in the range of normal behavior and are not a part of any psychological disorder. ...Read more

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My two month old os very fussy how can i take her temp?

My two month old os very fussy how can i take her temp?

Rectally: That is the most accurate way to take a temp and does not harm the child despite what parents think. ...Read more

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How to calm a fussy tempered 4 1/2 month old, please help.

What's the issue?: There are lots of tricks, gripe water, simethicone drops, a warm bath, infant massage, warm compresses on the belly, going for a drive or another white noise technique. But the real issue is, why the fussiness? There could be teething, in which case a little tylenol (acetaminophen) and a cold washcloth to chew on might work. Or a real illness, that needs to be evaluated, especially if the tricks don't work. ...Read more

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Fussiness (Definition)

Fussiness = being dissatisfied ...Read more