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How do I manage a baby who is constantly crying?

How do I manage a baby who is constantly crying?

5 S's: Dr. Harvey karp, author of happiest baby on the block, recommends using the 5 s's to calm a crying baby. These are swaddling, side/stomach position (often easiest to do on your lap), swingying ( in a swing or holding baby while moving in a rhythmic motion), sssshing sound (to imitate the amniotic fluid sounds) and sucking (either on pacifier or finger). They take practice so don't give up! ...Read more

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Crying (Definition)

Crying = release of tears ...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 do I know if my baby is a "happy spitter?"

How do I know if my baby is a "happy spitter?"

Are they Happy?: The happy spitter designation is often used for babies who seem undeterred by the spit up and would likely eat again immediately if offered. Also labled "wet burps" this often happens when an air bubble pushes milk up and out as it comes up. The sad spitter is often used for the child that feels bad & really has an illness...They don't want to eat. ...Read more

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How do I cope with wanting my old life back when being a caregiver?

How do I cope with wanting my old life back when being a caregiver?

Being care giver ?: Being a care giver is part of growing up . Older children take care of their younger sibling, take care of their own children and when the parents get old and sick they take care of their parents. But sometimes this can be 24 hours work and can be very demanding , than u need to ask for help ...! ...Read more

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My newborn baby keeps crying, i think she is constipated, what can I do to stop her pain.Please.

My newborn baby keeps crying, i think she is constipated, what can I do to stop her pain.Please.

Crying vs pain: Please do not get into the habit of equating crying with pain. Babies cry for hours every single day. This is how they communicate, stretch out their lungs, get you to come and hold them, get you to feed them. Make sure you are burping well, swaddle baby so they feel more secure, make sure baby getting enough to eat. If questions about normal stool patterns and whether she is constipated, ask doc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have 7 month old twins, girl is great but boy is a nightmare. he cries constantly, even when being held.?

What to do if I have 7 month old twins, girl is great but boy is a nightmare. he cries constantly, even when being held.?

Talk to your: children's pediatrician. He may have something medically wrong leading to his constant crying, stomach issues, allergies to milk, have them do comprehensive testing. I am reluctant to even explore psychological issues without some medical tests. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my 6 week old baby is conspicated? He is very gassy and fussy.

How do I tell if my 6 week old baby is conspicated?  He is very gassy and fussy.

Costipation=dry: Breast fed kids may go a little every feed or one bulky stool every 7-10 days & if soft they are not constipated. Most formula babies go 1-2xd. Any stool that is dried out is constipation & a sign things are not moving along fast enough. Gas is from air swallowed or gas produced by gut germs. Fussy is whatever baby feels pissy about often fatigue. ...Read more

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My son is 6 weeks old and his crying really bad because he is trying to poop how can I get him to poop?

My son is 6 weeks old and his crying really bad because he is trying to poop how can I get him to poop?

Bowel Movement: If he is breastfed, he can have a bowel movement after each feed, that means 6-8 or more times per day or, about once a week or up to 10 days, don't worry as long as he doesn't have other symptoms like vomiting, fever or poor feeding. Cry can be from other cause. If formula fed, and not moving bowel 3-5 days, talk to his pediatrician. ...Read more

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I think my son is having night terrors hes 2 yrs. Is there anything a doctor or i could do to stop/prevent them ? How should I comfort him during them

I think my son is having night terrors hes 2 yrs. Is there anything a doctor or i could do to stop/prevent them ? How should I comfort him during them

Awaken before..: If his night terrors occur at a predictable time after he falls asleep, it can sometimes help to disturb his sleep about a half hour before their onset. If they usually occur 2 hours after he falls asleep, at 1 1/2 hours go in and rearrange him in bed, sit him up for a drink, gently rub back and change his sleep cycle. This can reduce night terrors by as much as 80% in some toddlers. Worth a try! ...Read more

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I miss my male teacher but it has become a daily thing to cry or think about him he made impact on my life what should I do ? I am depressed-hs grad

I miss my male teacher but it has become a daily thing to cry or think  about him he made impact on my life what should I do ? I am depressed-hs grad

Discuss w/therapist: Hopefully you can discuss your feelings with other trusted adults in your life -- like parents, other family, etc. It's not uncommon for students to develop romantic feelings for teachers. Teachers need to maintain healthy boundaries with these relationships, while caring for & assisting the student in appropriate ways. Talking w/therapist can help you further work through this, & move on in life. ...Read more

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3yr old screams and cries every day and seems miserable, shes very stubborn and defiant! I dont know what to do, why is she not a happy normal toddler?

3yr old screams and cries every day and seems miserable, shes very stubborn and defiant! I dont know what to do, why is she not a happy normal toddler?

Let's see....: Is this behavior new? What seems to bring the behavior about? How do you deal with this behavior when it occurs? Any new family stressors? Changes in routines? Is your child over-sensitive to noises? Any developmental concerns (speech etc)? These are all things you will want to discuss with your child's pediatrician. This could be normal or it could be a manifestation of a developmental issue ...Read more

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How can I punish my 3 year old kid? Although he is a lovely boy yet we get some differences during the day and I don't want him to cry or feel depressed I just want him to know that he has done something wrong.And so I want to know what is the healhy way

How can I punish my 3 year old kid? Although he is a lovely boy yet we get some differences during the day and I don't want him to cry or feel depressed I just want him to know that he has done something wrong.And so I want to know what is the healhy way

Use time-out: Time-out is a safe, effective way to ignore behaviors, which makes them go away.1-2-3 magic & " little people" teach you how to do "walk, don't talk" time-out effectively. Behaviors get worse before they go away, as a test to see if he can get you to engage. Crying does no psychological harm. Praise him often for behaviors you want. Scolding/arguing reinforce behaviors & can hurt his feelings. ...Read more

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How do you help a 19 month old child who is quite gassy?

How do you help a 19 month old child who is quite gassy?

Investigate: Kids swallow some air with feeds and some gas is expected. However, some kids are unable to digest the sugar (lactose) in milk, and the gut germs make it into extra gas. Other foods may have a similar effect. Eliminating a suspected food for 2 weeks should improve the problem if it is a problem food.Keeping a diary of the foods you try, which make him gassy or not, should help you. ...Read more

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Why is my 11 week old baby girl always crying when pooing? What I do to help her.

Why  is my 11 week old baby girl always crying when pooing? What I do to help her.

Probably normal: If your baby's poop is hard, that may be the cause of her crying. If so, giving 1-2 oz fruit juice, such as prune juice or apple juice, once a day can help. If the poop is soft, it is actually normal for babies to grunt, strain, and cry to have a bowel movement. Their muscles are not well-developed yet, so they must really work to do what comes so naturally to grown people - poop! ...Read more

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Sir my son of4momths 2weeks and cries very frequently as we lift and carry he atops crying please help how to overcome.And at nights he don't sleep n crys?

Sir my son of4momths 2weeks and cries very frequently as we lift and carry he atops crying please help how to overcome.And at nights he don't sleep n crys?

Do not lift + carry: You sound well trained by the child. I have two kids and have been down this road. Check everything first. Fever, cough, tummy, diaper, sheets, etc. Once you have determined all is well, put him in his crib and close the door. Yes he will scream and cry but eventually he will go to sleep. ...Read more

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What can I do for my baby to not become a cry baby?

What can I do for my baby to not become a cry baby?

Accept and nurture: Babies cry to get basic needs met early & later cry in tantrums & responding to negative events.Nurturing does not create a cry baby.The kid who stubs his toe will cry loud & briefly, settle & return to play. The parent who tells him to stop crying invalidates his decision that it hurt & degrades his self worth.Try to strike a balance accepting the valid cry & rejecting the self indulgent whining. ...Read more

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What do you do when baby sick and cry a lot? Baby is hot to touch and cry for two days.

What do you do when baby sick and cry a lot?  Baby is hot to touch and cry for two days.

If your baby is : Acting differently from his/ her usual behavior along with other symptoms- persistent fever, vomiting, diarrhea, congested cough, incessant crying etc, he/she needs to be seen by a pediatrician. Take care! ...Read more

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Why do people think a small baby is so cute when he had to struggle for his life since preterm birth? Should give sympathy.

Why do people think a small baby is so cute when he had to struggle for his life since preterm birth? Should give sympathy.

Eye of the beholder: Babies cause a lot of different reactions in people. None of these reactions are "good" or "bad". A preterm baby can be "cute" just as any baby. The same holds true for children with disabilities. Yes, some children have had to overcome obstacles, but that doesn't mean we should always pity them rather than delight in them. ...Read more

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How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat if he spits up frequently?

How do I know my baby is getting enough to eat if he spits up frequently?

Spitty babies: The bottom line here is in the numbers. The newborn and young infant should gain about an ounce a day (some more, some less based on birth factors). If your baby is meeting those weight gain goals, you can rest assured that enough is staying down despite the spit up. If your baby is not, or if s/he is experiencing pain associated with feeding or spit up, be sure to talk with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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