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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The term "irritability" is used for infants and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at comforting and soothing them. Irritability can be a very early sign of serious problems. Although irritability is not a symptom of any specific illness, it should arouse suspicion in the parent that something might be wrong with the child, even though there may not ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I went a day & 1/2 not pumping or breastfeeding then changed my mind b/c of fussy baby that loves to breastfeed. How do I increase production again?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Attachment: Babies do not have a sense of "object permanence", meaning they do not understand the object still exists when it is out of sight, it is simply gone. They have a deep attachment to caregivers, so when one leaves the line of sight, they get very fussy and irritated the loved one is "gone", and very happy when they return. Later, they understand they are nearby, and go looking for them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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