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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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Fussy (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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My 4 month baby isn't a fussy baby , is something wrong?

My 4 month baby isn't a fussy baby , is something wrong?

Be grateful: Nothing is wrong. Your child is content, well fed, loved and does not feel a need to fuss. Some babies (and people) in life are just laid back and content. Others like to make a fuss. If his personality is to be content and happy, REJOICE! ...Read more

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My 7 mth old has infrequent bms, often 7-9 days and when she goes it's huge & explosive! she is a fussy baby and hates to bend to sit. Need i worry?

My 7 mth old has infrequent bms, often 7-9 days and when she goes it's huge & explosive!  she is a fussy baby and hates to bend to sit. Need i worry?

Pediatrics eval: Though this is possibly normal, it would help to find out if your baby has food intolerances, decreased innervation to the colon or intestines, a dilated colon, or another structural reason for slow transit. Check with a local osteopathic physician who specializes in pediatric manipulation if your pediatrician does not find any reason for the infrequency of bowel movements. ...Read more

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Is it high needs infant or colic? Fussy all day n night and never seems satisfied. Not eating normal and just flat out miserable. Help, please!

Is it high needs infant or colic? Fussy all day n night and never seems satisfied. Not eating normal and just flat out miserable. Help, please!

Fussy baby: A pediatrician's evaluation and input are necessary. It could be formula-related, food- and medicine-related if breastfeeding, lactose intolerance if gassy and spitting up, acid reflux if regurgitating or vomiting to name a few. Tense moms tend to get colicky infants - try being calm. Take a break - have a close relative or a close friend take over for minutes or hours to rest &catch up on sleep. ...Read more

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Why do babies get fussy about going to sleep even when they are tired?

Why do babies get fussy about going to sleep even when they are tired?

Change: A babies perception may be stressed as they enter into a sleep phase as they don't understand leaving an awake state. They are aware something is happening but don't wish it too. Try playing soothing white noise - spa music - in the background to help the baby relax. Avoid rocking to sleep as they will get used to it and will grow older and have sleep issues unless always rocked. ...Read more

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My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down . It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

My infant is 3 weeks old after each feeding he vomits no food is staying down . It came through his nose he is really fussy nothings working.

Acid reflux vs other: This could be acid reflux which is common in infants. Reflux usually causes vomiting through the mouth or nose after feedings, with abrupt position change, or when pressure is placed on the abdomen. The severity of reflux varies. Projectile vomiting, green vomit, weight loss and lethargy are concerning for more serious GI issues and should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Depends on . . .: Babies ages 3-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, without other worrisome symptoms, then parents can leave the nose alone. If the mucous is blocking the nose somewhat, try a few drops of saline, followed by gentle suctioning with a suction bulb. A doctor should examine younger or more symptomatic babies. ...Read more

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Is there a medical explanation for why I get irritable and easily frustrated when hungry? Is it tied to how babies get fussy?

Is there a medical explanation for why I get irritable and easily frustrated when hungry? Is it tied to how babies get fussy?

Predictable variatin: The human system performs best as an integrated machine when it is well rested (good sleep patterns), well nourished, not sick and in a comfortable setting. It performs less well when any of these factors is less than optimal. Brain food is part of it, but the body is more like a mobile blowing in the wind.One part moving influences all the rest. ...Read more

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Is there any lifestyle choices i can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything i can do to calm and ease him?

Is there any lifestyle choices i can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything i can do to calm and ease him?

No: The only cause and effect evidenced by medical study that causes a fussy/irritable baby is the effect of drugs like cocaine, heroin and caffeine. Even a stressed out mom does not cause a stressed out baby since the physiological effects of maternal stress are transient. The good news; active infants at 27 weeks gestation do not predict actual infant behaviou after birth. Good luck! stay happy. ...Read more

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My 2 month old is fussy and has a lot of phlegm he has been able to sleep he has been coughing too can I give him some infant tylenol (acetaminophen) ?

My 2 month old is fussy and has a lot of phlegm  he has been able to sleep he has  been coughing too can I give him some infant tylenol (acetaminophen) ?

Not advised: Your baby may have an upper respiratory or lower respiratory infection. I would advise, baby nasal saline and gently removing the nasal mucus and checking the temperature. If there is a temperature of 100.4 or more, please see your physician. T If there is wheezing or a hacking cough, vomiting or any respiratory distress, please seek medical care from you pediatrician. ...Read more

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What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. Breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on Zantac (ranitidine) two times daily. Has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy

What to do for infant 5 weeks who is constipated. Breast fed with rice cereal in pumped milk for reflux, also on Zantac (ranitidine) two times daily.  Has not had bowel movement in two days and is very fussy

Stop the rice: Stop adding rice cereal to the pumped milk (good job on breast feeding, by the way!). Keep breast feeding and keep the zantac (ranitidine). Rice cereal is very constipating! for reflux elevate the head of the crib. In addition to constipation, rice cereal before age 6 months is related to obesity in later life. You may also try a glycerine suppository (found in the baby section). After 7 days call md. ...Read more

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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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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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Why does my baby get fussy when his caregivers leave his sight?

Separation Anxiety: When a baby is 7 to 12 months old, a very important stage in development occurs called "object permanence". What this means is now your baby can remember and recreate images in her mind. She knows you exist even if she does not see you. But when we leave, and since they do not have a sense of time, it is stressful for them as they do not understand we will come back, causing separation anxiety. ...Read more

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My 7 months old baby is not increasing weight what should I feed her as she is a fussy eater?

My 7 months old baby is not increasing weight what should I feed her as she is a fussy eater?

Failure to Thrive: You may need to ask your doctor about making her formula into a 24 or 27 calories per ounce, you can try added rice cereals in her bottle and feed her baby food whichever ones she loves. May need to talk to a pediatirc nutritionist for advice. ...Read more

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My baby is always happy and giggly but now hes all fussy. Whats the best thing to help him with teething? Hes only four months old

My baby is always happy and giggly but now hes all fussy. Whats the best thing to help him with teething? Hes only four months old

Teething??????: I'll agree with dr stow that cold works for teething but to me thats a lable tha gets overused. Your ave 4 mo should be smiling and interactive most of the time in spite of teething (some kids never seem bothered). I would be concerned if feeds were off, sleep now different etc. That might mean a treatable problem. The intensity of behavior change might warrant an office visit. ...Read more

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What is wonder week? Does it occur in 6 months?What are the symptoms? How long it will last?my 6 mth baby is suddenly fussy and clingy and sleeps less

What is wonder week? Does it occur in 6 months?What are the symptoms? How long it will last?my 6 mth baby is suddenly fussy and clingy and sleeps less

Biobehavioral shifts: occur at 2-3, 7-9 & 18-20 mos. in neurotypical infants. Emotional, cognitive, communicative & social development leads to sleep-onset problems & night-waking in a 6-mo.-old who did not learn to self-calm to sleep in her crib by 4 mos. At a set bedtime, feed, wipe out her mouth, read to her & put her in her crib drowsy, but awake. Consistently ignore her crying; it will worsen at 1st, then stop. ...Read more

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My 2 months baby sleeps most of the day & gets fussy & cries a lot between 12-3 am, how can I change this, and how can to train him to sleep in his bed?

My 2 months baby sleeps most of the day & gets fussy & cries a lot between 12-3 am, how can I change this, and how can to train him to sleep in his bed?

Are u co-sleeping?: First of all, never co sleep. It is too risky for the baby. Additionally, it is very important for you as the parent to set the child's sleep schedule. I'm sure that your pediatrician can help you out with this. If you are unable to get adequate assistance there then i would recommend speaking to a sleep specialist who specializes in pediatric sleep medicine. You may need a referral to a psychologist who specializes in the sleep of infants. ...Read more

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Fussiness (Definition)

Fussiness = being dissatisfied ...Read more