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Why does my baby need to be held constantly?

Why does my baby need to be held constantly?

Comfort: Babies need to be held for comfort, because they are experiencing pain, and the need for body contact. Irritable babies benefit from long periods of holding. Some new parents have difficulty when an infant cries so they pick the child up at the first significant crying. Crying does not always mean a child needs to be picked up. Slow as brief period of crying to see if the baby will self sooth. ...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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What does it mean when your baby constantly puts pressure on your abdomen and constantly balls up and should I be concerned.

What does it mean when your baby constantly puts pressure on your abdomen and constantly balls up and should I be concerned.

Might be false labor: You didn't say how far along you are. But usually when the uterus feels hard and tight then relaxes then gets hard again it's a braxton hicks contraction which is a false labor pain. This is common and not a problem. However if there is pain low that lasts a minute and keeps coming back, and if you're also having spotting it might be labor. Call your doctor. ...Read more

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I would like to know if there is something wrong with my 5 month old daughter she does not seem to be able to do thing my son was doing at her age her hands seem bent in when she grasp thing it takes awhile to do it and she drops what she grabs after a fe

I would like to know if there is something wrong with my 5 month old daughter she does not seem to be able to do thing my son was doing at her age her hands seem bent in when she grasp thing it takes awhile to do it and she drops what she grabs after a fe

From : From your description, it is difficult to assess whether your child is developing appropriately. Many children do not sit until 6 months and do not crawl until 7 or 8 or sometimes even not at all (and that's ok). All children develop at different rates and as long as they are developing within the established range of normal, it's fine - that's what makes comparing 2 kids to each other an inaccurate way of assessing development. Your son may have been advanced and your daughter is normal. That being said, if you have concerns, it is important that you have a professional do a thorough developmental evaluation on her to make sure she is progressing appropriately. If there is a problem, the earlier she begins therapy, the better off she will be in the long run. Contact your child's doctor to discuss your concerns. They will either be able to assess her development themselves or send you to a specialist who can assess her. (many organizations who provide developmental therapy conduct their own exams). I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Why does my son say he will do something and then not follow through? He is nearly 20. I need his help.

Why does my son say he will do something and then not follow through? He is nearly 20. I need his help.

Doesn't care/lazy: If he is still living with you i would set some rules and responsibilities for him to abide by. Time to make him more independent and if he continues to sponge off you-ensure he helps out. ...Read more

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My baby is 6 weeks old and wants to be held with his pacifier all the time. Sometimes he spits his pacifier out so you have to hold that too. Help!

My baby is 6 weeks old and wants to be held with his pacifier all the time. Sometimes he spits his pacifier out so you have to hold that too. Help!

Continue if U wish: You have one 1st chance to deliver baby from the comfort of the womb & begin the process of having baby learn to self settle. That starts with feeding while waking, playing until tired & putting them down awake to self settle.If you accept that they will fuss some when they are tired & quit holding them, they learn to self settle.Otherwise plan to hold & rock 24/7 until kindergarten. ...Read more

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Why does my 6 months old sweat so bad when she is sleeping and she keeps getting a runny nose does this have anything to do with each other ?

Why does my 6 months old sweat so bad when she is sleeping and she keeps getting a runny nose does this have anything to do with each other ?

Unlikely allergic.: Hay fever/allergi rhinitis/nasal allergies not associated with sweating. Could be a "cold" or the sweats and runny nose not connected. If baby gets sick or symptoms persist beyond 7-10 days, see pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 3 months baby has pallid breath holding spell what should I do when it happens again? Should i blow her mouth? What to do to avoid?

My 3 months baby has pallid breath holding spell what should I do when it happens again? Should i blow her mouth? What to do to avoid?

Apnea: If the baby has not been evaluated for this problem and you have witnessed episodes of no breathing or any trouble breathing it needs immediate attention. Should be seen at the ed if it has happened just recently. ...Read more

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Do I need to get a check up if my vagina feels like it needs to be rubbed all the time? If so how would I tell my mom?

Do I need to get a check up if my vagina feels like it needs to be rubbed all the time? If so how would I tell my mom?

Tell the truth: You just tell the truth, nothing wrong with it. Your mom will most likely take you to your physician. ...Read more

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My 5 year old keep burping. She says that she can't help it and doesn't know why. I do not think she is doing it intentionally or to get attention. ?

My 5 year old keep burping. She says that she can't help it and doesn't know why. I do not think she is doing it intentionally or to get attention. ?

Real thing: No, she does not do it intentionally, or only to get attention. Things like lactose intolerance, acid reflux, constipation etc can cause burping more than usual. Bring her to pediatrician and discus further in detail how to manage. If she continues to burp.Perhaps you can try to change her diet- or perhaps give her medicine for constipation if she has constipation etc. ...Read more

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Iv been told my daughter is not going to make it due to a bad placenta.im 6mnths but want to know what i should do to keep her safe.shes my 1st.

Iv been told my daughter is not going to make it due to a bad placenta.im 6mnths but want to know what i should do to keep her safe.shes my 1st.

Hard to say: "Bad placenta" is not a specific term and could mean many things.Sometimes it forms a small disc that will not provide enough nourishment for normal growth.Some may be located in a position prone to tearing where premature separation could mean you and or baby will bleed to death.It is best that you discuss this with your treatment team until you understand what if anything can be done. ...Read more

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My baby wants to be held all the time. Help! I can't get anything done!?

My baby wants to be held all the time.  Help!  I can't get anything done!?

Return to womb: Babies are often comforted by the rocking and movement they experienced in the womb & will want to be held all the time if you let them.That said, you delivered baby & its time it got use to existing separate from your body. Get ear plugs if you need and place baby in a crib or basinet when you work. Check on baby as often as you need, but be supportive from a distance. Babies can adapt if u let. ...Read more

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I am 28 weeks pregnant and baby is still not in head down position does she still have time to turn and wgen she does will I feel it and be able to tell?

I am 28 weeks pregnant and baby is still not in head down position does she still have time to turn and wgen she does will I feel it and be able to tell?

Yes and no: There is plenty of time for the baby to assume the proper position. You may not be able to tell after a big shift if the baby is in the right position but a quick look at the doctors office with the ultrasound will tell the story. ...Read more

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My 1 year old baby keeps on waiking up at night sometimes to eat sometimes to pkay or just move to much why is that? We've tries everything!

My 1 year old baby keeps on waiking up at night  sometimes to eat sometimes to pkay or just move to much why is that? We've tries everything!

Unfortunately, you : Can't do this for him. You have to ignore the behavior for it to go away;playing/feeding reinforces it. Have a consistent bed time & routine; read, rock, brush his teeth & let him learn to fall asleep in his own bed. If you can't ignore his night-crying without going into his room, sit in a chair without talking or making eye contact, moving your chair closer to the door nightly. See www.Aap.Org. ...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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My baby's body does not recognize that he needs to poop I have had to use glycerin suppositories two days in a row now to make him have a bowel movement what else can I do it makes him very fussy and spits up when he cannot use the bathroom?

My baby's body does not recognize that he needs to poop I have had to use glycerin suppositories two days in a row now to make him have a bowel movement what else can I do it makes him very fussy and spits up when he cannot use the bathroom?

Make defecation fun!: Defecation/evacuation=a built in reflex. Creating/promoting control issues (you/others vs. baby) creates problems (wars) leading to longstanding health problems. If baby has been scolded/punished (by anyone) for defecating at inconvenient time/location, problems begin & can build. Study: William & Martha Sears many books, e.g. "Attachment Parenting" for better strategies; not product marketing. ...Read more