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Newborn Crying Hard Turning Blue
My 5 year old squezed my newborn hard and it started crying hard for 3-4 minutes. Can there be damaged done? The baby is ok..
Possibly: Really can't tell over the internet. If it seems tender or swollen, or if the baby is fussy, I would have him seen for sure. May want to call the baby's pediatrician and discuss it with him/her. ...Read more
No: Crying is normal. Excessive crying is not normal. If the baby is less than 24 hours old and you are still in the hospital, please seek care from the nurses and doctors there since it's rare to discharge a baby before 24 hours of age. Ensure the baby is well fed and is warm. Have the baby examined by a qualified professional. ...Read more
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
Hard to say: Since babies are pooping laying down & don't have much abdominal muscle power, they may fuss just to push things out. They may be spooked by the sensation. They may cramp with the process. Until they are old enough to ask we often never know. ...Read more
My newborn keep on crying, wiggling up her body as though she's in pain she does this when she's sleeping and nursing im very concern about why?
Lots of reasons: There are a number of reasons why newborns cry--mostly benign--but you should have her evaluated by her pediatrician to make sure ...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
Newborn strains to poo but not constipated, normal poo. To a point where he starts crying. Also grunts alot at night bedtime. Is this normal? Thank you
Normal: Newborns can make a lot of funny noises, including grunting, especially with gas. Having a BM can be a lot of work for a little one-- weak abdominal muscles, lying flat...so you can help him--put him in a sitting position (gravity), pull his legs up (imagine yourself trying to poo lying flat with very weak abs!) Rub his tummy, and a warm bath might help. If not better, see your pediatrician! ...Read more
My 4w newborn HATES tummy time. She can't go beyond 5 minutes without crying uncontrollably. I don't know what to do. I think she torticollis.
Many newborns don't like tummy time until they're able to
move around and even turn over. It's not critically important now
Torticollis is a neck muscle stiffness that responds to physical therapy. If you feel your child has a head tilt or can't move the neck freely, see your doctor soon. The sooner it's recognized the faster it responds ...Read more
It gets easier with: Time to interpret your baby's cries. Unfortunately, when babies cry they swallow air. The smooth muscle of the intestine isn't synchronized yet to pass the air out. If baby seems gag when starting to nurse, he may need a burp. I'll ask my arabic-speaking daughter to help explain the " football hold" or "colic carry" to you to help baby pass gas. When all else fails, allow your baby to self-calm. ...Read more
My newborn (almost 1 MO) hasn't pooped in two days and seems to be in pain. Crying and drawing his legs up. Eating and peeing fine. What to do?
Normal in some: Your typical breast fed baby can have a little poo smear every feeding or one giant blowout every 7-10 days.Formula babies go more often and daily. If soft, I don't consider it constipation. Babes do lots of leg drawing and fuss for no particular reason, but the process may help push food along. As long as baby wets every 6 hours or more I would consider things within the range of normal ...Read more
Likely reflux: Most likely your newborn is experiencing gastroesophogeal reflux, a common condition in babies. Try keeping baby elevated (head up), during feedings and for 20 minutes or so after feedings. Be sure not to overfeed. There is a possibility that there may be a lactose or protein intolerance, as well. Try limiting your dairy intake. If these things don't help, please contact your pediatrician! ...Read more
What at-home techniques relieve epiphora in a newborn baby? My six-week-old has watery eyes all the time, even when she is not crying. Her doctor called this epiphora. Is there anything I can do at home to help this go away? .
Epiphora: Epiphora (poor tear drainage) in the newborn period is extremely common - 2-4% of all newborns will have it. It is usually due to an obstruction of the tear duct (newborn tear ducts are tiny!) and 95% of all cases get better on their own by the time the child is 1 years old. Two things that can help are for you to gently massage the tear ducts (inner eye corners) periodically and to use a clean wet washcloth to wipe away any occasional crusting from the tear buildup. Other than that, you will just have to wait until your child grows out of it. If your child is in the 5% that do not improve by 1 year, then your child's doctor will recommend an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) who can do a simple procedure to open the ducts. If the eye becomes red, swollen, or develops green drainage, call your child's doctor since it may be infected. ...Read more
Newborn had only 2 bowel movements. Taking simethicone after feedings. Lots of gas, fussiness, crying. Supplementing breast milk with similac.
Fussiness: Breast fe babies can have a stool with each feeding, once a, day or can go as pong as a week without having one. They maybet fussy as the week progresses. Try burping your infant frequently If he seems to be constipated you may give him formula with 1-2 tablespoons with dark Karo syrup ...Read more
5 days old new born baby, crying during night, most of the time, even having drink breast milk, may know the cause, is it ok if we give gripe water?
My new born crying rarely when she wake up after 3 hrs of sleeping without any reason, not hungry, sleeping well, no stomach ache, please help, thnx?
Confusing: Please be more explicit with your question. As stated it makes no sense. ...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
I cried today for 2 hours most of it was hyperventilating and some was crying rely hard. Was this bad for my health and will this stunt growth?
Crying so hard: Nope.... Sometimes a cry is as good for your health as anything else. This is a real and common human experience. ...Read more
Its tiring!: Newborns are not hard to take off - they only need a couple things. They need to eat often, sleep often and be cuddled lots. However, those things are very tiring to new parents, which can make it feel like the hardest job you have ever taken on. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed with your new one talk to your doctor. ...Read more
See your doctor: Many infants between 9 months and 3 years old will have breath holding spells where they turn "blue" and can faint from holding their breath. These spells occur in response to pain or anger - always. Some kids will have some blueness around the lips (not the lips themselves) when crying and this can be normal. I would have my child seen to be sure it is a breath holding spell & nothing concerning. ...Read more
I have a newborn baby and sometimes is hard (almost impossible) to wake her up to eat. What can I do to wake her up?
Keep it simple: Babies do not need to be alert enough to say hello when they feed. They can be in a shallow alert state and feed effectively. Placing them to breast or offering a bottle is adequate stimulation for many. They just need their jaw to move to do the deed. Foot massage or facial stroking can bring some to alertness if needed. ...Read more
Had big crying breakdown. Why do I feel better after I email some one im not supposed to? Why do I have these hard cry's and then feel okay10min later?
I'm extremely low at the moment. Can this amplify pain a lot? I can't seem to stop crying. I'm getting help but I'm finding life very hard at the mo.
Recently everytime I finish sex I start crying so hard like sobbing for no reason my bf think that he hurt me when truth is I don't know why im crying, help?
Train from the start: Newborns are wired to feed by instinct and drift off when tired (without knowing they are sleeping). Many have success setting a pattern the first days: a two hour nap; wake to feed; body care; followed by play until signs of fatigue begin and place in their comfort place to sleep.At night they wake on their own to feed but limiting day naps to 2 hrs to prevents day/night reversal. ...Read more
My boyfriend and I seem to argue more while I've been pregnant Does me crying hurt the baby? We argue so much I cry everyday I cry so hard
3 yo had a tantrum to the point of crying so hard he couldn't breath. It's been 2 hours and he's still making the shuddering noise from crying. Worry?
Tantrums: No worries. Our bodies are designed perfectly. Even some toddlers who breath hold, lose consciousness and start breathing again if they over due their tantrums. Just make sure he is safe and doesn't injure himself during his tantrum. ...Read more
3 mth old recently crying when seeing ppl other than parents. Aunt & Grandmom see her every week and she was fine before, but now cries hard. Normal?
Baby crying w others:
While most infants develop separation anxiety, between 1-2 yrs, it develops slowly, from 4-7 months, when babies develop a sense of object permanence, learning that things and people exist even when they're out of sight.
Either your baby is an early leaner or having crying episodes due to colic which is coinciding with other people's presence. Check his temp and call his PMD if this continues, ...Read more