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What are the reasons for baby holding head and crying?

What are the reasons for baby holding head and crying?

Many.: Most common things are probably ear infections (otitis media) and teething. Depends on the age of the baby and etc. I'd have her looked at by her pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby is very crank his fists and head r warm. And the rest of his body os cool he kept crying the whole night. What could be the reason?

My 9 month old baby is very crank his fists and head r warm. And the rest of his body os cool he kept crying the whole night. What could be the reason?

Cranky: Yor baby is probably teething. You can give him Ibuprofen before bed to help him sleep. Also give him cold things to eat like a frozen bagel half for him to nibble on. He can also suck on a cold damp cloth. As a last resort you can get oragel to put on his gums. ...Read more

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Whenever im stressed or something doesn't go right, I will freek out cry, and then bang my head on things or bite myself why? Some nights ill fall asleep crying for no reason, and then wake up happy untill something else happens. But its almost a pshycot

Whenever im stressed or something doesn't go right, I will freek out cry, and then bang my head on things or bite myself why? Some nights ill fall asleep crying for no reason, and then wake up happy untill something else happens. But its almost a pshycot

This: This is not a normal reaction to stress. You should be evaluated by a mental health professional right away. You could be dealing with a psychiatric disorder.
If you ever feel like hurting yourself or anyone else go to the emergency room or call 911.
Please seek help soon. ...Read more

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I have been constantly upset/crying my self to sleep for no reason, lip biting/cheek biting, no motivation, self harmed. HELP

I have been constantly upset/crying my self to sleep for no reason, lip biting/cheek biting, no motivation, self harmed. HELP

Get help now..: You seem quite depressed and need to see a mental health professional right away. Please have a parent or a trusted adult come with you for an initial appointment. Write down all meds you take, any alcohol/drug/tobacco/caffeine use, current stresses and about when you started feeling so negative. Your pcp is a good person to ask for a referral. If you feel suicidal, go to the ER. Please get help. ...Read more

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Can babies get blood blisters on face from crying?

Can babies get blood blisters on face from crying?

See below: If you mean a true blood blister with a blood under the blister, then no! If the area looks like little broken blood vessels (called petechiae), this can occur with strong crying. If concerned, get the child seen. ...Read more

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My 15 day old baby had lot of hairs on face, back and arms. What is the reason? What should I do to get ride of it? Is it normal with babies

My 15 day old baby had lot of hairs on face, back and arms. What is the reason? What should I do to get ride of it? Is it normal with babies

Common finding: Examination of all infants will find some fine villus hair covering many body surfaces at birth that gradually diminishes over time. In some ethnic groups it is much darker than others & thus more noticeable. Ignore it. ...Read more

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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

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

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My baby keeps crying and holding her head, is this normal?

My baby keeps crying and holding her head, is this normal?

Self-soothing!: Several of my patients asked me the same question. I find that many babies just do that. If they hold or grab their ears, it might be an ear ache. However, holding the head seems to be a self-soothing act. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby will not sleep or be put down. He's had a cold for 10 days but now he's just holding his head and crying. What could be wrong?

My 9 month old baby will not sleep or be put down. He's had a cold for 10 days but now he's just holding his head and crying. What could be wrong?

? Ear infection: Possible ear infection after 10 days with a cold. Need to followup with child's doctor for an exam, diagnosis and treatment. In the interim can treat pain with infant tylenol or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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My baby boy was born yesterday. I'm home now and keep crying fr no reason, and am over worried about everything with him. Help! ?

My baby boy was born yesterday. I'm home now and keep crying fr no reason, and am over worried about everything with him. Help! ?

Post Partum Blues: You are both home from the hospital and healthy! I hope you have support from a partner, friend or family member. Please contact your OB provider and your baby's provider as soon as possible so they can provide additional support. The range of baby blues can last from a few days until you get more sleep and your post delivery hormones stabilize to a more delayed type that may need medication. ...Read more

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My 7 month baby tilts her head, (to both sides) once in a while! She sleeps on her side, is that the reason? How can be stopped?

My 7 month baby tilts her head, (to both sides) once in a while! She sleeps on her side, is that the reason? How can be stopped?

Benign torticollas: There is a poorly understood process called benign paroxysmal torticollis of infancy that arises in late infancy. It is transient, recurrent & can be associated with agitation, pallor or vomiting. Some suspect a tie in with the process of vertigo in adults, but this resolves usually before 3. Head tilt can also reflect a problem with eye muscle balance but usually would only involve one side. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby fell from couch, flat on his back and hit his head, he was crying for 3-4 minutes then he was smiling and giggling. Is he ok?

My 4 month old baby fell from couch, flat on his back and hit his head, he was crying for 3-4 minutes then he was smiling and giggling. Is he ok?

Impossible to tell..: Intracranial brain damage, called concussion, such as contact athletes commonly suffer, disrupt neural circuits & may tear the crucial fragile capillaries producing cerebral microhemorrhages/? more bleeding. Likely there is not anything useful that anyone can do after the fact, though the younger people are the more they seem able to recover, partially at least, from injuries. Minimize recurrence. ...Read more

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My 11 week old baby has a small bulge from the back of her head. Is this a reason for concern? I have attached a picture.

My 11 week old baby has a small bulge from the back of her head. Is this a reason for concern? I have attached a picture.

Maybe/maybe not: This is the public HT site where any question or answer can be viewed by anyone with access. It is designed to provide general medical information by answering basic questions. We have no ability to see/review/comment on anything you upload into any part of the site. The sister site, HT prime has some of these features if you sign up and find a doc willing to take your case. ...Read more

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On the head of the penis making masturbation painful. I was circumcised as a child and think that's the reason why. Could it be?

On the head of the penis making masturbation painful. I was circumcised as a child and think that's the reason why. Could it be?

Not surgery 30yr ago: If you are having genitourinary pain, you should see your dr / urgent care / std clinic or urology for evaluation and any necessary testing. It is extremely unlikely that it is just now showing up from childhood / infancy. ...Read more

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6mo Baby rolled from crawling to back and hit head w/hardwood floor and possibly door frame. Cried a bit, played, fed, fell asleep. Reason to go to ER?

6mo Baby rolled from crawling to back and hit head w/hardwood floor and possibly door frame. Cried a bit, played, fed, fell asleep. Reason to go to ER?

Head: No, especially if the baby is acting fine. Watch for extreme irritability, vomiting in the first 4-12 hrs after any potential injury, and if so then ER. But if the baby was on the floor and rolled and hit head, that mechanism of injury shouldn't be severe. If fell off bed onto hardwood floor, then different story. ...Read more

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The baby become hot and start to sweat in the head when he drink milk from her mother...What is the main reason of sweating?

The baby become hot and start to sweat in the head when he drink milk from her mother...What is the main reason of sweating?

Doctor visit: When a baby sweats excessively during feeding, this may indicate that they have a lung or heart problem. There may be associated vomiting and gray/blue discoloration of the skin or lips. Your doctor will check the baby's heart for a murmur, his liver for enlargement, and an oxygen saturation level. It is important that you seek the advice of his doctor. I hope that this helps. ...Read more

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9m old baby boy. Head sweating while sleeping. It is there from inital months. What could be the reason. He is feesing and playing normallysometime snores?

9m old baby boy. Head sweating while sleeping. It is there from inital months. What could be the reason. He is feesing and playing normallysometime snores?

Normal: Many babies perspire while they sleep and it is a normal finding. If your baby is otherwise active, eating well and reaching developmental milestones, then don't worry about the sleeptime "sweatiness ...Read more

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7 month old baby fell backwards from sitting & hit head on laminate floor. Stopped crying after 3-5 min. Wanted to sleep 20 min later. Any concern?

7 month old baby fell backwards from sitting & hit head on laminate floor. Stopped crying after 3-5 min. Wanted to sleep 20 min later. Any concern?

Probably OK: I would call your pediatrician to discuss management of this. We really aren't allowed to answer possible emergency calls on Health Tap. ...Read more

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Doctor, I am beyond worried. My 3month old suddenly was oozing yellow sticky pus on one side of his head. The emergency room gave him mupirocin and cephalexin. Is this ok? I can't stop crying. Will my only breast fed baby be ok? Please respond. Please!

Doctor, I am beyond worried. My 3month old suddenly was oozing yellow sticky pus on one side of his head. The emergency room gave him mupirocin and cephalexin. Is this ok? I can't stop crying. Will my only breast fed baby be ok? Please respond. Please!

Abscess: I am assuming the oozing was from his scalp and not his ear right? So it sounds like your son developed an abscess and it ruptured. The antibiotic and the ointment you were prescribed are absolutely appropriate. I recommend close follow-up with the pediatrician to make sure that all is healing well. Keep the area clean, monitor for increasing redness or swelling. Complete all medicines exactly directed ...Read more