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What Is Fussiness
A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, ...Read more
My baby is almost 3 months old, he doesn't like being on his tummy (he gets very fussy). What can I do?
See below: Belly time is recommended to help decrease the chance of a flat spot on the back of your child's head. If your child does not like belly time, don't force it. Your child can be held in an upright position which will not apply pressure to the back of the head. Also, rolling normally develops between 4 to 6 months of age, and your child may like being on its belly then. ...Read more
5month old son. 4 hrs since last feeding has been vomiting since, sleeping a lot won't take bottle and is fussy. What can be wrong?
Call Pediatrician: This is a question we can't answer online. Your doctor will have to ask you questions for more details so he can better asses whether it is an urgent problem or if you can wait until the next office hours. ...Read more
Depersonalization: Depersonalization/Derealization (DSM 300.6) is it's own disorder but also is characteristic of other dissociation events (function is need for psych. distance). It can result from a recent overwhelming experience (death of loved one, loss of job, fire, medical diagnosis), trauma (assault, abuse) but also from panic episodes or depression. Professional treatment & social support can really help ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 6 months old is having hard time eating solids inspite of liking them. loves to drink milk upto 120ml. Spits up clear fluid &fussy .what could it?
When I feed(breastmilk only) my 6 week old his tummy growls towards the end of feeding like he's still hungry, & he gets super fussy.What could It be?
Gas, not Hunger: Sounds like he is getting a bit of gas. Burp him after every 5 minutes at the breast and be very careful what you eat. You would be surprised how what you eat goes through the breastmilk. If he still feels gassy you can give him 0.3 of simethicone (mylicon) drops before each feed. Congrats on your baby! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter who is 10 months has swollen and purple feet and hands, should I take her to er? They are not cold to the touch nor does it seem to hurt her, but she is unusually fussy! what should I do?
2yr old had ear wax removed by irrigation by pediatrician. She is crying that her ear hurts and is really fussy.What can I giver her for the pain?
Probiotics: Many children will do better by simply adding a probiotic. The good bacteria help colonize the gut and assist digestion. Use one like culturelle baby or flora baby. Fussiness after eating clues me in to a digestive issue and i like to address that issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irritable: A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, call your child's doctor. ...Read more
Sitter anxiety: Babies are very sensitive to change of environment including a change in caretaker. If yo know the new sitter is nto neglecting and/or abusing the baby, give the baby time to adjust. ...Read more
Many infants become : fussy, tired & not interested in feeding for 2-3 days after receiving vaccines. Ask his doctor about using Pedialyte to keep him well hydrated, with his usual number of wet diapers, & Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or fever. Take him to his doctor if he continues to be off his feed or have fever, a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees or >, for more than 3 days. Immunizations are important protection for him. ...Read more
My three week old starts getting fussy in the afternoon through night time. What could cause this?
Colic: Babies can have fussy time in the afternoon thru evening from 2 weeks of age thru about 8 weeks. It is a normal but difficult time period of fussy belly and hence fussy baby. Try some skin to skin time as this often will soothe baby. If you get anxious or angry, put baby down in the crib for a while. Baby can cry alone for a few minutes until you feel under control again. ...Read more
My two month gets her first shots in a few days what should I expect? Temperature? Not eating fussy? And why?
My five year ran 102.0 for two days but felt fine. Some coughing. Now she's fussy with 97.3 temp? What is going on?
My 21 week old is very fussy recently during feedings. He wont finish a full bottle anymore. He has been on gentlease since he has 8 week. ?
Two week old has developed inconsistent latching issue. Baby becomes very fussy and frantically tries to latch for 30 min before success. Help!
Difficulty laching: May be breast nipples are retracted or not well formed and baby finds difficulty in latching. Mother posture or holdintg the baby improperly could be the reason for baby struggle Some time nasal congestion or any nasal abnormality may bbe the cause.Consult your pediatrician. ...Read more
Check for the cause: Treatable causes should be addressed; hunger, fever, pain, overstimulation, injuries, bloody stools, excesive vomitting, refusal of feeds. If a check is normal then focus on soothing measures: carry baby, swaddling to limit movements, infant massage, pacifier, car rides etc. You should be well rested and stress free; call your pcp if there is risk of harm to baby or any of the causes mentioned above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fix what you can: Some parents find it helpful to make a list. Checking for specifics night or day reguardless of your level of fatigue.1. Basic needs: hungry, laying in pee, poo or spitup 2. Hot with fever/cold-?Need eval. Or warmer outfit. A lot of fussy babies are simply overly tired & the best you can do is create a good sleeping environment& help them settle. If all fails schedule a visit with you pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sickness: Fussiness, less eating /poor sucking, excessive sleepiness, lethargy with poor muscle tone, fever or simetimes hypothermia are signs of infection. There can be associated runny nose, nasal stuffiness. Feed every 3 hours, make his nose is not blocked (b/c up to 6 mo. They are obligatory nose breather), make sure he pees at least 5-6 times/day. If any worsening, see his pediatrician. ...Read more
Nutrition: Fussy eaters do best when they are engaged with the choice. Ideas include string cheese, apple slices and peanut butter (for no allergy kids), shell macaroni (in a warmed small thermos), boxed milk, protein bars, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Find 2-3 choices and rotate and establish a regular day routine so they are not surprised. Let them help pack the lunch the evening before! ...Read more
Depends how fussy.: Fussy eating taken to an extreme can be part of a psychological disorder which can include anorexia nervosa, obsessive- compulsive disorder, phobic behaviors and even various forms of psychosis. On the other hand people have preferences for various foods which are in the range of normal behavior and are not a part of any psychological disorder. ...Read more
Rectally: That is the most accurate way to take a temp and does not harm the child despite what parents think. ...Read more
What's the issue?: There are lots of tricks, gripe water, simethicone drops, a warm bath, infant massage, warm compresses on the belly, going for a drive or another white noise technique. But the real issue is, why the fussiness? There could be teething, in which case a little tylenol (acetaminophen) and a cold washcloth to chew on might work. Or a real illness, that needs to be evaluated, especially if the tricks don't work. ...Read more
Fussy with a cold: At 8 months, especially during the winter time, it is common for infants to be getting upper respiratory infections. They have lost all the immunity they got from you through the placenta and have to develop their own immunity by getting infections. As long as there eating well, you don't have to do much for a cold. Just suck out the excess mucous. If the child remains fussy, have her ears checked. ...Read more
Separation Anxiety: When a baby is 7 to 12 months old, a very important stage in development occurs called "object permanence". What this means is now your baby can remember and recreate images in her mind. She knows you exist even if she does not see you. But when we leave, and since they do not have a sense of time, it is stressful for them as they do not understand we will come back, causing separation anxiety. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Peri-menopause: The period around the "change of life" or menopause is associated with significant changes in how a woman's body works. These changes affect hormones, and hormones have a profound affect on mood (for both men and women). In addition, there seems to be an increased risk of depression around menopause. So if the symptoms are extreme you might suggest she see her doctor. ...Read more
Maybe: Temperatures of less than 100.5 farenheight are normal so i wouldn't fixate on the temperature. The bigger question is how fussy is he? Is there something specific bothering him? Go to: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=zkoevqtnkis to learn more about fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My baby is always happy and giggly but now hes all fussy. Whats the best thing to help him with teething? Hes only four months old
Teething??????: I'll agree with dr stow that cold works for teething but to me thats a lable tha gets overused. Your ave 4 mo should be smiling and interactive most of the time in spite of teething (some kids never seem bothered). I would be concerned if feeds were off, sleep now different etc. That might mean a treatable problem. The intensity of behavior change might warrant an office visit. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have a teenage grandson who is grossly over weight he is a fussy eater and won't just eat anything he tries excersises but gets nowhere?
You cannot Change: You cannot change your grandson. Until he is willing to change his life then there is nothing more to do for him. It will do you no good to nag or criticize him. There is no magic and there is no way for him to lead a healthier life until he changes his life and wants to be better. ...Read more
What is wonder week? Does it occur in 6 months?What are the symptoms? How long it will last?my 6 mth baby is suddenly fussy and clingy and sleeps less
Biobehavioral shifts: occur at 2-3, 7-9 & 18-20 mos. in neurotypical infants. Emotional, cognitive, communicative & social development leads to sleep-onset problems & night-waking in a 6-mo.-old who did not learn to self-calm to sleep in her crib by 4 mos. At a set bedtime, feed, wipe out her mouth, read to her & put her in her crib drowsy, but awake. Consistently ignore her crying; it will worsen at 1st, then stop. ...Read more
21 months don't want milk and is fussy with the food can I give multi-vit? She's very big for her age 31 lbs can I give her the one for 2 years and up?
Multi-vit: A picky eater is not unusual at this age. Children's multivitamins are ok to give but i wouldn't give the 2yo vit until she turns 2. I would still present a well balanced diet everyday, in an non-pressured environment and try to get her to take 2-3 dairy servings per day in some other form (ie: cheese, yogurt, etc..). Of course all dietary issues should be discussed with your pediatrician. ...Read more
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