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Why Is My Baby Always Fussy
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 2 more doctor answers
The term "irritability" is used for infants and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at comforting and soothing them. Irritability can be a very early sign of serious problems. Although irritability is not a symptom of any specific illness, it should arouse suspicion in the parent that something might be wrong with the child, even though there may not ...Read more
I have 21 month old baby she is very fussy she always cries loudly if her needs are not met . She cries intensely and persistently even up to 20 minu?
Needs not met?: Taking you literally, if her NEEDS are not being met, of course she's crying. She's not even 2 years old and would like to know if you can think of any other way she can get her needs met. Now if she cries as you say b/c of something she wants that she should NOT have, that's a different matter altogether. Please resubmit your questionn with this clarification. ...Read more
I've been feeding my 7w baby 3 oz every 3-4 hours since she was 4w. Dr hasn't approved increased amount but she is always fussy even after burping. ?
Follow her lead...: Your baby is going to increase the amts of feedings more often then every two months when you see your pediatrician. You don't need approval to increase feedings - If she is still acting hungry and wanting to eat at the end of 3 oz, offer another. If she doesn't want it,she will let you know. "Fussy" at 7 weeks is common - if increased feedings don't help, discuss with her pediatrician at 2mo PE ...Read more
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
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
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
Attachment: Babies do not have a sense of "object permanence", meaning they do not understand the object still exists when it is out of sight, it is simply gone. They have a deep attachment to caregivers, so when one leaves the line of sight, they get very fussy and irritated the loved one is "gone", and very happy when they return. Later, they understand they are nearby, and go looking for them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My 5week old baby is starting to be so fussy. Like almost every hour he wants to be feed. And after feeding. Became so fussy again and looks hungry. ?
Breast or bottle-fed: Is he awake & alert when you start to nurse, not crying out in light sleep? Gaining 2/3 oz.- 1 oz./day? Establish a consistent bedtime & routine. Nurse, read, rock, wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth.Put him supine in his crib in his room drowsy, but awake, to self-calm to sleep. If he's awake, offer a pacifier or your finger between feeds till 4 mos. Call a lactation consultant for help. ...Read more
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
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