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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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How do I know if I should let my baby cry it out?

How do I know if I should let my baby cry it out?

CRY BABY: A crying baby or a cry baby? Age matters.An infant first sound is a hard lusty cry, a hello I am here! your baby will cry for a lot of reasons, always check in a young infant that is cryning to make sure nothing is wrong.As parent and child get to know each other better, you will learn to recognize the different tones of your baby's cry.But remember always better safe than sorry! ...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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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?

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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What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

Now! : Feed her every three hours during the day, let her fall asleep on her own.Get her into the habit so it is not something new that she has to do in case she wakes up in the middle of the night.Goal-for you & your baby to sleep thru the night at least 8 hours & no night feedings!you will enjoy your baby much better, always happy & work faster.If you want a life, do it. My moms are very happy! ...Read more

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What will happen if i let my baby cry?

What will happen if i let my baby cry?

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

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What should I do if my baby wants to be held constantly?

What should I do if my baby wants to be held constantly?

Depends on the age: Newborns need to be held. Up to a couple months of age, a baby only understadns if his needs can be met. Hold him all you can, but allow him always to learn to fall asleep by himself by placing him in his crib when sleepy. After this period s he becomes more interested in the world around him, play with him while he is on his mat or chair so he does not expect to be held all the time. ...Read more

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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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Should I worry if my baby really hates to do tummy time?

Should I worry if my baby really hates to do tummy time?

Tummy time benefit: Tummy time gives baby a chance to get off their back & begin to develop upper arm & chest strength. It also takes the weight of their head off the bed & decreases the skull flattening that occurs in some. If baby doesn't have excessive skull flattening & hates the position, i'd not feel bad if you avoid it. Try it occasionally & eventually baby should accept it.If x'tra flat head = needs tummy tm. ...Read more

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Why is my 11 week old baby girl always crying when pooing? What I do to help her.

Why  is my 11 week old baby girl always crying when pooing? What I do to help her.

Probably normal: If your baby's poop is hard, that may be the cause of her crying. If so, giving 1-2 oz fruit juice, such as prune juice or apple juice, once a day can help. If the poop is soft, it is actually normal for babies to grunt, strain, and cry to have a bowel movement. Their muscles are not well-developed yet, so they must really work to do what comes so naturally to grown people - poop! ...Read more

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My one month old baby has his kidney swollen i want to know if its something bad I should worry about? Or will it go away when he gets older?

My one month old baby has his kidney swollen i want to know if its something bad I should worry about? Or will it go away when he gets older?

Hydronephrosis: Can be from many causes. Presumably prenatal ultrasound picked up this. Lot of time it goes away, unless there are structural cause, e.g. Obstruction: uretero-pelvic junction obstruction, posterior urethral valve, etc are commoner and surgically correctable. His pediatrician and ped. Urologist will definitely explain to you. Remember one normal functioning kidney is enough for life. ...Read more

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Why does my son bang his head and should I be concerned. Sometimes he hurts himself when doing it. Wat do I do to get him to stop?

Why does my son bang his head and should I be concerned. Sometimes he hurts himself when doing it. Wat do I do to get him to stop?

Positive ignoring: Head banging is just an amplification of early infant fussing.It peaks in preverbal years .I've never heard or seen a head banger with a real head injury. This likely caught on when he noticed it grabbed your attention.If you ignore it(don't lock eyes), watching him out of peripheral vision, for safety, it should fade over time.Teaching some sign language may help with the frustration. ...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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How do I know when I can let my baby "cry it out"?

How do I know when I can let my baby "cry it out"?

Have a mommy list: After birth babies learn to express their desire for "change" by crying. They look to their source people to fix things. Make a "mommy list" of all those things you can fix:too hot, too cold, hungry, poopy, wet, laying in spit up, etc. However, if tired or overly tired, you can't fix it. Create a soothing area for them to drift into sleep&help them settle but letting a tired baby cry is ok from day 1. ...Read more

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My 3wk old baby keeps having these crying spurts..Idk what to do.. I burped him changed him did everything but he keeps crying what do I do?

Make a list: Crying in an infant is a non-specific communication. It basically means "i want different".They may use it for things we can't change like tiredness. Make a list of things you can fix:if hungry-feed/if cold-warm etc.The list helps when you are tired & can't think clearly.If it's not on your list, it likely represents a tired baby.Invest in good ear plugs & let the kid chill (in the crib alone). ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby hits his head?

What should I do if my baby hits his head?

Don't panic: Statistics show that 75% of children will fall from a height of three feet or less in the first year of life. Loss of consciousness, change in behavior, protracted vomiting, and increasing lethargy are concerns and the child needs to be seen immediately. If the child cries and responds normally, serious injury is not likely. Call your physician for more information if worried. ...Read more

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My baby is 6mth i just noticed she doesn't flip from her back to her belly anymore she used to do it all the time. Is this normal? Should i worry?

My baby is 6mth i just noticed she doesn't flip from her back to her belly anymore she used to do it all the time. Is this normal? Should i worry?

Very normal: She can see less of the world on her belly, so stays on her back to find out what is going on. Soon, it will occur to her that she can creep or crawl from one place to another on her belly, and then she will start to flip that way again. Keep giving her lots of floor time so she can practice the transitions. ...Read more

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My baby throws her head around a lot and sometimes hits it on things. I'm afraid she will really harm herself. How do I know when to be concerned?

My baby throws her head around a lot and sometimes hits it on things. I'm afraid she will really harm herself. How do I know when to be concerned?

Need more info: Need to know baby's age and birth history. What you describe is not uncommon but you should bring this to the attention of the pediatrician before the baby hits his/her head on something hard & causes a big problem . ...Read more