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Is it bad to let my baby cry if he wont stop crying?

Is it bad to let my baby cry if he wont stop crying?

Yes but depends: If you are at the "end of your rope" feeling, absolutely put your baby in a safe place (crib) and walk away, decompress, call for backup from others if available. Check for reasons: hungry, needs to burp, too hot (too many clothes), has a documented fever, diaper change, threads or hair caught on fingers, toes, penis (completely strip baby down to check), signs of illness - call the doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to let my baby cry herself to sleep?

Is it ok to let my baby cry herself to sleep?

Yes: Children need to learn how to sooth themselves and the younger the better. If you know she does not need to be fed or changed, is not sick or in pain, then let her cry for a short period of time, i.e. 5 minutes. You can then check on her, even pick her up, but put her back in the crib awake, and leave for 10 minutes. Gradually increase the time periods, and you will be amazed how well she'll do. ...Read more

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Will I hurt my baby if I let him cry himself to sleep?

Will I hurt my baby if I let him cry himself to sleep?

No: I agree that you should wait until the baby is between 4-6 months of age. You may know it is time to start when you baby starts to wake up more frequently at night and is not hungry. I usually recommend that you revise the bedtime routine at this point so that feeding prior to stories, etc. If the baby is breastfed it may go better if the dad (or non nursing partner) puts the baby down. ...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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My 13 month old son will not go to sleep in his crib. He screams and makes himself so upset that he vomits. Is it okay to let him cry or no?

My 13 month old son will not go to sleep in his crib. He screams and makes himself so upset that he vomits. Is it okay to let him cry or no?

Separation anxiety: Kids will go thru a stage where separation is difficult. After 6-9mo they realize how well u provide for their needs, yet their brain doesn't understand u can leave and return, by 18-24mo most begin to understand.You can soften your night ritual by reading to baby from a few ft away, then say nitenite and leave. Its ok if he screams(a bunch). You can return & check but avoid picking him up. ...Read more

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9 month baby is really aggressive when doesn't get what she wants? She resist and cry. Is it normal baby behavior

9 month baby is really aggressive when doesn't get what she wants? She resist and cry. Is it normal baby behavior

Very normal: In the preverbal phase, children often do cry when they want something. This behavior is reinforced by offering the child what he wants and might become persistent. Try distracting your child by offering something else or get his/her attention to something different. ...Read more

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Dr's what is your opinion on letting babies cry it out?Our baby is 6 weeks old, my husband says let him cry it out but i think he's too young?

Dr's what is your opinion on letting babies cry it out?Our baby is 6 weeks old, my husband says let him cry it out but i think he's too young?

Yes he is too young: at this age something could be bothering him, most commonly thirst or hunger, not getting enough, or excessive gas in his stomach that needs to be expelled, then he might need a bath to calm him down, also check around all over his body for anything unusual, especially his private parts, penis and testicles not red or inflamed, are they in place, if after all this nothing is noted see his doctor ...Read more

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I can't let my baby cry her self to sleep coz she cries so hard she can hardly breath, what shall I do in such a case, shall i still leave her cry hard?

I can't let my baby cry her self to sleep coz she cries so hard she can hardly breath, what shall I do in such a case, shall i still leave her cry hard?

See her pediatrician: Take along a video of an episode. If she has no congenital heart or lung disease, have a set bedtime & routine: read, rock, wipe out her mouth after her last feed, then put her on her back in her crib in her own room, drowsy, but awake to learn to self-calm for sleep. Doing this between 1-4 mos. Helps her consolidate sleep & avoids " trained night crying" at 6 months & older. ...Read more

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What to do if my toddler won't stop crying?

What to do if my toddler won't stop crying?

See pediatrician: won't stop crying is very different than "cries often" -- either way, a call or visit to the pediatrician is warranted to obtain further information besides crying and to provide you with the best course of action. Pediatricians are used to receiving these calls, you should feel comfortable calling them to ask. ...Read more

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My 11 month old baby turns purple when he cries or gets angry and he stops breathing is this bad? What can I do so that don't happen?

My 11 month old baby  turns purple  when he cries or gets angry and he stops breathing is this bad? What can I do so that don't happen?

Breath-holding : Spells can occur in infants, sometimes with " passing out" from constriction of blood vessels in the brain from blowing off carbon dioxide. If it's a breath-holding spell, you'll need to ignore it in an 11-mo.-old so it won't become a "learned behavior." you'll only be able to do so after your pediatrician rules out cardiac or neurological problems that shouldn't be ignored. ...Read more

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My baby wont stop crying. All he wants to do is eat? I am breast feeding and u know he is getting enough milk but he is still fussy?

My baby wont stop crying. All he wants to do is eat? I am breast feeding and u know he is getting enough milk but he is still fussy?

Fussy baby: Is your baby crying every time you try to stop feeding him( or take him away from your breast? Or put him down?) it sounds like you know he is getting enough milk and what the baby wants is the closeness and non-nutritive sucking. You may want to try a pacifier to allow your baby to continue sucking when you put him down. That allowed me to finally be able to put my little fuss-budget down. ...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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My daughter (11months) cries when my dad holds her. She isn't overly clingy and will even let strangers hold her. Not sure what to do..?

My daughter (11months) cries when my dad holds her. She isn't overly clingy and will even let strangers hold her. Not sure what to do..?

Normal event: Between 6 & 12 mo most infants develop a sense of separation anxiety when apart from their primary caregivers. This preference for you, your spouse or a daily caregiver may be troubling to those who expect her smiles as a blood relative but this is a normal stage.If they care, they should give her time to warm up to them or just accept it for now.After 2 or so the issue is usually gone. ...Read more

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My son keeps touching himself. He's nine. He says that it irritates him and it moves/jumps. What can I do or tell him to do to help stop it?

My son keeps touching himself. He's nine. He says that it irritates him and it moves/jumps. What can I do or tell him to do to help stop it?

Exam 1st : First he needs an exam to be sure there are no skin conditions or other conditions that may be irritating him. If all is normal, then tell him this is a private activity, to be done in private, without anyone else involved. Ask your pediatrician for advice in how to present it to him, if you wish. ...Read more

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My daughter loves our dentist but is scared when he does a procedure on her. He helps her relax but once he starts she flips. What can we do to help?

My daughter loves our dentist but is scared when he does a procedure on her. He helps her relax but once he starts she flips. What can we do to help?

Sedation: If your child ever becomes combative she could do damage to herself or the dentist. Most pediatric dentists have the ability to sedate in-office which is a great option to give your child some good visits and some even better post-hypnotic suggestion! be sure to ask about your options. ...Read more

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Sometimes he loses control, kicking and screaming, it hurts! how do I get him to calm down?

Sometimes he loses control, kicking and screaming, it hurts! how do I get him to calm down?

A new TipTap: During tantrums such as these make sure your child is safe (ie: put them in their crib) and then ignore the behavior. This is the best way to stop the tantrum and to teach children that kicking and screaming is not the way to get what they want. After the tantrum is over talk about what it is they wanted and stress using words, not hands and feet to ask for it. ...Read more

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My 4 wk old wont stop crying unless II let her fall asleep in my arms. Is it bad to leave her be and let her cry, or should I just carry her?

My 4 wk old wont stop crying unless II let her fall asleep in my arms. Is it bad to leave her be and let her cry, or should I just carry her?

If U plan to forever: A 4wk old does not know when she's sleeping or that sleep would help her fatigue.Parents who rock/cary infants have 3-4x sleep disturbances in kids the first 3 yrs of life. Your goal is to create a comfortable sleep zone/crib where baby feels safe. It should have light so baby can always recognize the place & some comforting sound. Bathe her to relax, place in crib & read to her from a distance. ...Read more

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What should I do if my mother is eating clay dirt and glue sticks and wont stop gets angry when i wont give it to her

What should I do if my mother is eating clay dirt and glue sticks and wont stop gets angry when i wont give it to her

Tough problem: It sounds like she has a serious problem, she may be anemic and hence the cravings for dirt. You should tell your mother that what she is doing is not healthy and that you are worried. If that is not enough for her to seek medical care, then hopefully you have another adult in your life who you can turn to for help in convincing her. If your father is still involved in your life, maybe grandmothe. ...Read more

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Dr's what is your opinion on letting babies cry it out? Our baby is six weeks old, my husband says let him cry it out but I think he's too young?

See Your Doctor Now: More information regarding your 6 week old infant is needed such as pre and post-natal medical history, feeding/sleeping patterns, and much more. Normal babies experience increased crying by age 2 weeks, crying reaches a peak by age 2 months. A thorough exam and correlation with history is needed to determine if crying is of a benign nature. Early intervention is always best. See your doctor now. ...Read more

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