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Why Does My Baby Squirm So Much
Squirm: Maybe you are gripping too tight? Or maybe the baby is just learning to gain dexterity and simply is discovering its own body and how it works so it does it by squirming. Unless it is really abnormal and dangerous, then it is nothing to worry about. They do this until they can crawl. Just like they cry and scream until they can talk. ...Read more
Common finding: They do what they do. Some are lazy relaxed feeders and some are aggressive barracudas. Some are bored with the process and want to do something else. You just work through it. ...Read more
Speed change!: You want to be fast and prepared, have everything within arms reach, when you are changing a squirmer! You may need to change the baby on the floor, instead of a table, to minimize the chance of falls. Also, keep the baby distracted and his/her hands busy with a special toy while you sneak the clean diaper on! ...Read more
Be persistant: This is normal. Do not give up. ...Read more
No: I'll assume you have breast fed for a while, obtain a consistant latch, have used techniques that have produced good consistant growth and the movement is simple squirming. I doubt any real issues. If your are a novice, coaching may help as baby may feel your anxiety & squirm as a result. As a child begins to walk, it may be less interested in feeding and be squirming to get down. ...Read more
Yes: Its also normal for your baby to become red in the face and grimace as if s/he is in pain. As long as your baby has soft stool they are not constipated. Remember breastfed babies over a month of age may go up to 10 days or 2 weeks without having a stool and this does not mean they are constipated. ...Read more
My son is almost 4, won't go on potty. When he has a bm it looks like he is in pain, he will stand and squirm like it's uncontrollable. Help, ty?
Pediatrician time.: I'd seek an exam by his pediatrician to diagnose and to obtain clear diet and possibly other behavioral suggestions. Also, if there is a good child psychologist available, they might help. I did play therapy w/ an uptight, serious 4yo boy. He built an big wood block castle, then crashed it with noise and glee. Then, the asked to "go potty" for the 1st time in days. I was amazed to see it work. ;-). ...Read more
Rarely: With adequate sedation patients generally have no discomfort. ...Read more
Yes: Spontaneous movement and activity is a normal for newborns. Their nervous system sends out random messages to stimulate the various muscle groups and keep them toned up. This is seen as random non purposeful movement. ...Read more
Bench pressing I failed but the pins caught it about 2 inches from my neck. I was able to get out by turning my head and squirming out. Was this safe?
Not safe: Better to use a spotter. You could've been seriously hurt ...Read more
No injury, no prior issues- L elbow severe almost shock like bursts of pain Enough to make me involuntarily squirm. Rapid onset. No activity change.?
? Neurologic: Some of the historical features you present sound as if there are neurologic. That would represent the lesion at the elbow involving the owner nerve. If the shocklike sensations travel down to your fourth and fifth digit then I would pay attention to this being neurologic in origin. In which case I would then recommend a full neurological valuation. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more
Not Generally: No, not generally. I wonder what else is going on? If you're asking about someone else, there is probably more going on for you to inquire about. ...Read more
Digestive mixing: Many consider the stomach a big bag that collects the food. It is really a specialized pouch that has muscles within the wall that squeeze periodically to help mix the food with the stomach juices. If you are in tune with your body you may notice when this is happening. ...Read more
What's the best way to get a 17 month old to sit still while having his teeth brushed? Our son simply won't sit still while we try to brush his teeth, crying, screaming, and squirming everywhere. He moves around so much that I feel like our attempts at br
Turn: Turn brushing into a game. There are some new brushes that are battery operated with flashing lights. In fact some brushes will play music if you brush long enough. Let your child brush first and then you follow up. Do it every day without fail. Your child has to get used to it. If they cry and fight you, eventually they won't. This will prepare them for a visit at the dentist. ...Read more
OK: Your digestive system will easily handle this, the squirming will stop and the earthworm will not do any harm after digestion. ...Read more
Low dose Gabapentin unlocks permanently contracted muscles/fascia (?) in back, hips. Can stretch, squirm in exquisite novel ways. Is this spasticity?
3 yr old had one blood coated poo. Formed 1st half mushy 2nd. Tummy hurts a little but doesn't cry or squirm when felt. Waitingon culture. Need xray?
Bloody stool: He may have passed a hard stool and torn the lining of his rectum ir developed an anal fissure. At the moment an xray is not necessary. ...Read more
2 week old seems unsettled after breastfeeding (squirming, grunting, frequent BM). Can my breast milk be upsetting his stomach? Is this ok?
See Your Doctor Now: Determining the cause of symptoms in a newborn is beyond challenging without visual inspection. Moreover, the stated symptoms alone are non-specific which is typical for newborns therefore the risk of misdiagnosis is great. Much more info is needed such as pre-thru post-natal history, duration, feed/sleep schedule, full description of stools, and more. See your doctor now for proper evaluation. ...Read more
Wide range: 32 weeks is a lot earlier than 36 weeks. A baby born at 32 weeks may need some time in the hospital before going home. Once home, your pediatrician will want to follow the baby more frequently until he reached the 36-40 week range then he will likely need the same care as a term baby. This all assumes no complications beyond prematurity. ...Read more
Not exactly sure: Not sure why exactly you are asking this question, but routine blood testing and blood draws that a doctor may order will not deplete the newborn to any point of harm. ...Read more
Feeding: A 9'week old baby should be on 5-6 feeding, taking 3-4 ox if bottle fed or breast feeding for 20-30 minutes 5/6 times daily. ...Read more
How much concentrated iburpofren infant's drops should I give my 8 lb baby. Of 2 weeks and 6 days?
?? Why??: This med is never given to infants that young. It can injure the kidneys. Beyond that, why are you giving a baby that young pain medication? If it has fever >100.4 it needs to go to the ER immediately. If you assume there is pain, consult with your pediatrician before giving anything, s/he may want you to bring baby in for an evaluation. Put those drops away until at least 6 months. ...Read more
My babies refusing the water they are now seven months what can I do? When I should give them? How much daily?
No problem!: A normal 7 month-old does not need to drink water. Babies should be offered breast milk, or formula, when thirsty. Sometimes juice is used to help resolve constipation. Otherwise, juice is not needed. During periods of the stomach flu, pedialyte may be tried if a baby is not tolerating breast milk or formula. But, in general, babies do not need to drink water. ...Read more
No coconut water: Water is not safe for babies under 6 mts. It can lead to sodium imbalance which can cause seizures. Only breast milk/formula before then. After 6 mts, can offer small amounts of water in a cup. Fruit juice is ok too but I believe that kids are better off if they don't discover fruit juice and get that taste for sugary drinks. I have never heard of giving babies coconut water. I would be cautious. ...Read more