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Infant Hoarse Cry
My baby is 3 days old and has suddenly started sounding hoarse when crying. Should I be concerned? What could be causing the hoarseness in her cry?
Yes you should: Is an indication of partial air way obstruction call baby's pediatrician or take to ER right way for evaluation ...Read more
Baby nodules: There is no proof that 'crying it out' causes permanent damage to the voice. However, you should make sure that baby is well-hydrated otherwise. This phase shouldn't last very long, though, so seek the advice of your pediatrician if you can't establish healthy sleep patterns with baby. ...Read more
My 8 month old baby sounds hoarse all the time when chattering or crying. I took him to a dr a month ago but she could not find anything wrong.?
Various things: You didn't mention if this was sudden or chronic. Sudden hoarseness can mean a baby has a foreign body in her throat or can be related to a viral illness, such as croup. If having distress, call 911 or seek immediate help. Hoarseness related to crying can be related to tracheomalacia (the larynx is soft and collapses). If it is persistent, check with your doctor. ...Read more
A variety of causes: Hoarseness in infants can be from a variety of causes. Babies can have reflux and chronic irritation of the airway from the spitting up can cause hoarseness. Viral illness can cause short-term hoarseness. Some babies are born with a paralyzed vocal cord. Babies can have papillomas on their vocal cords (especially if the mother had known genital warts at some time in her life). ...Read more
My 4 month old baby gets histerical once I put his infant carrier in the car. He won't stop crying turning blue and shaking. What should I do?
Keep him safe in car: At four months he is too young for a real temper tantrum. While he may get agitated by the car seat's restrictive environment, his safety in the car is paramount for him to be transported in any other way in the car. You may want to have someone else sit beside him not to make him so lonely. ...Read more
Possibility: Interesting observation. There is a genetic disorder called cri-du-chat ("cat cry") syndrome. It is associated with developmental delays and low muscle tone. If the infant is manifesting these problems, one hopes that the parents and pediatrician will figure it out. Unless the neighbor expresses concerns to you and asks your opinion, you may want to keep this to yourself. ...Read more
Are night wakings in infants other than those for feedings common and should the infant be helped to fall back asleep or left to 'cry it out'?
It's OK to let cry.: If there is no other reason for the crying that needs to be treated, then it is definitely ok, and actually recommended to let him cry. You are the parent, and your child needs to learn at an early age that he cannot manipulate you. Trust me, you will be much happier in the long run, and your child will be better able to adapt to different situations. ...Read more
My newborn baby that 19, days old and she keeps crying I think she constipated, what can I give my new infant baby for the pain. Can suppositories use?
Constipation: Is hard and infrequent stools. You can give a glycerin suppository once and see igf that helps. Baby may be crying if mom is breastfeeding and drinking milk, eating dairy. If using milk based formula then can also cause tummy ache. Baby could be colicky too. Go see your doctor and discuss this. You will feel better and so will baby! ...Read more
Why does my three-week old son's tear come out from his right eye all the time even though he is not crying? My three-week old son has tear coming out of his right eye since he was born. I was told that it is common for infant and it will be gone later. B
Sounds : Sounds like a blocked tear duct. These generally resolve spontaneously and need to be addressed if it does not resolve after year 1. Seeing, your pedeatrician or ophthalmologist can provide you with guidance and reassurance and follow up care as necessary. ...Read more
Infant waking in the middle of the night crying then vomiting several times. No fever. 3 months old. Appears alright after vomiting.?
You're kidding right: I've heard some interesting myths proposed by the anti-circumcision crowd, but this one is bizarre. The effect on infants does cause diminished activity and feeding aggressiveness for a few hours before it reverts to normal. There are no other behavioral effects of note. There is no evidence to support the myth. ...Read more
We have a month old infant who is gassy. We do our best to aggresively make him burp but within an hour after feed, he gets up crying from gas pain. Are there any other remedies?
Some possibilities: Babies swallow air- when they eat, suck or cry. During feedings, try to burp him in between every ounce, or between nursing on each side. Hold him upright (on your shoulder) for 15-20 minutes after feedings to help allow the air to rise up and escape, and not get trapped under the milk. Try a lactose free formula. Try simethicone (gas drops for infants). Check with your doctor if this continues. ...Read more
My one month old is constipated could it be the milk? She's taking Enfamil for infants the yellow can and is pooping very hard and crying
Infant constipation: One month old infant on formula sometimes has constipation. Add a teaspoon of 100% prune juice once a day would help. Lactulose 10g/15 ml could help too. Dose is 2.5 ML to 10 Ml a day by mouth (you can put in the infant formula and give it to the baby. Try prune juice first. Good luck!!! ...Read more
Can crying trigger asthma attacks in asthmatic infants? My 7mo doesn't sleep on her own and I fear CIO methods due to vomiting and wheezing.
Your baby does need to be seen by a specialist. Wheezing at this age may be due to a number of conditions. Crying and increased respiratory effort may be the result of the asthma. If the baby wheezes often, a controller medication such as Pulmicort nebulized solution is used. This is an aerosol form of a steroid.
Virtual consultation available via HealthTap. ...Read more
Should I take him to the ER or his doctor my 7wk old son has been crying for the last 4hrs nonstop. He wasn't eating nor taking his pacifer. I've given him mylicol infants gas relief drops and tried a warm bath but nothing is helping. He weighs 13lbs and 5
By the date of this post about 4 days has gone by, so hopefully you have made contact with the doctor and your baby is better by now. For the future, and for others reading this post, if your baby seems very irritable and uncomfortable, and your instinct tells you that something is wrong you should contact your doctor. A phone call to the doctor's office after hours will put you through to a nurse or on call doctor. They will ask you a series of questions and advise you on the next best course of action (er visit or next day doctor's appointment).
Take good care. ...Read more
My 7 month son’s voice is hoarse or raspy. what can I do for him. He is happy other than the voice issue. The voice isn’t due to crying! ?
My 9 week old's cry sounds hoarse all of a sudden. Had a check up today, alls well, but has gas issues. Is it from too much crying?
My 5 1/2 month old has a very constant cough, his cry has change more hoarse he is constantly screaming less sleep and fewer bottles also sounds wheezy?
Cough: May be viral but with all those symptoms you need to have the baby checked out today. If you can't get your doctor go to the ER right away ...Read more
My 6 week old woke up with a hoarse cry and is very fussy today, no fever and eating normal. Should i be worried since she was a preemie?
Yes : I do not like to take it easy when I hear about a fussy baby. Yes you should be worried and should be taken to er for evaluation. ...Read more
1 year old sounds very hoarse sounds like a seal when crying and when she is running around no cough at all. Does have runny nose and low grade fever.
Croup: An upper respiratory infection with runny nose and fever with swelling around her vocal cords from a virus can cause exactly what you describe. When it causes a cough we call it croup. She may still develop a cough. If she has no trouble breathing and resolution of fever you are good. If any difficulty breathing, high fever or drooling she needs to be seen right away. ...Read more
Many possible answer:
Depending on the age of the baby, it could be colic, hunger, thirst, constipation, discomfort from too many clothes, irritation from the diaper, feelings of fear, loneliness etc.
Illness is usually signaled by fever plus other signs, so if none of those, try holding the baby, talking to it, check for sweating from too warm clothes & correct; offer water, foods etc depending on age. Be attentive. ...Read more
Something to say..: Babies cry to communicate. It may be a need — I'm hungry, cold, wet, gassy. Or it may be to get your attention, especially as they begin to realize there are people who love and hug them when they "communicate" with an attention getting cry. It's their way of sending you a signal, because they haven't mastered the phrase "change my diaper, it's full of poo" or "mommy I love you and I need a hug". ...Read more
Persistent crying: In the first 6 weeks of life, colic is common; this fussing is often difficult to soothe by holding or cuddling, but will pass. There is no specific treatment. In older infants, persistent crying is usually due to something wrong, examples include, scratching the eyeball with a fingernail, getting a piece of hair or thread tightening around a toe, internal GI problems including constipation, etc. ...Read more
Depends how old?: Children under the age of 12-15 mo really can't "cry it out". That said, you can let them cry 5-10 minutes before checking them out. At first, when under 2-4 mo, you should be there fairly quickly, within 5 min or so. Don't fall out of the shower, but come as soon as you can. Babies lack object permanence, so when you're gone they get upset. For older babies, they should see you every 20 min or so. ...Read more
Discomfort/Fear: We all cry for similar reasons: fear, discomfort, and hunger. If you know your baby's tummy is full, the most common reasons are teeth or bad dreams (depending on their age). What can you do about bad dreams? Not much. But, teething can be helped with some Ibuprofen before bedtime. I also would check your baby's diaper, clothes, and bed to make sure that there is nothing causing them discomfort. ...Read more