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Why is my infant acting irritable?

Why is my infant acting irritable?

Lots of answers: Lots and lots of potential answers -- lack of sleep, pain, hunger, change of routine, headache, mom's medicine penetrating into breastmilk and causing side effects, hair or thread wrapped around toe and strangulating it, ear infection, exposure to cigarette smoke, high stress levels in the house, heartburn in a baby with reflux, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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My 2 month old is extremely squirmy during feedings. He is hungry, but almost fights me when I give him the formula. Is this a sign of reflux?

My 2 month old is extremely squirmy during feedings. He is hungry, but almost fights me when I give him the formula. Is this a sign of reflux?

Perhaps: If your baby is developing " aversive" symptoms to feeding, turning her head, pushing away the bottle, yet still seems hungry, i want to see her immediately for a thorough history and physical exam. If persistent emesis and weight loss exist, this is additional cause for concern. This could be anything from reflux, to serious heart disease. This group may help... http://healthergy.net/groups. ...Read more

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My baby is very jittery and frequently makes sudden, quick movements. Is this normal for an infant?

My baby is very jittery and frequently makes sudden, quick movements. Is this normal for an infant?

Yes: This is sounds normal (especially if it is intermittent & not constant). Your baby's central nervous system is not fully mature, and it is common for her to make short, jerky movements in response to sudden or loud noises. Most babies have a prominent "moro" reflex (a normal newborn "startle" reflex) that lasts up to 6 months of age. If persistent or severe (full body shaking) consult your doctor. ...Read more

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For what reason is my teenaged daughter acting so violent towards animals?

For what reason is my teenaged daughter acting so violent towards animals?

Animal Cruelty: Animal cruelty in children is a warning sign for severe emotional disturbance, and should prompt an evaluation by a licensed mental health professional. ...Read more

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My 2 month old seems constipated. His poo is a little dry and clumpy but not much of it. Both milk and formula fed. Very fussy. Suggestions?

My 2 month old seems constipated. His poo is a little dry and clumpy but not much of it. Both milk and formula fed. Very fussy. Suggestions?

2 MONTH OLD CONSTIPA: You did not say if he is breast fed or bottle fed.The stools in brest fed babies can vary from stool everytime you feed the baby, from loose to pellets, which is all normal.In bottle fed babies they can also have stools like you described, if the baby is happy and not irritable and feeding well, i will advice to let nature take its course and reassurance and just observation is all thats needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my baby to exhibit anger?

Is it normal for my baby to exhibit anger?

Yes: You didn't mention the age, but anger is a normal, expected human emotion at every developmental level. Someone pulls your food away, or someone startles you, or someone makes a scary face? Anger is a natural response. ...Read more

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Milk supple is good latch is good but baby isn't interested i'm nursing, gets really fussy when nursing, why could this be? Baby is 2 months old

Milk supple is good latch is good but baby isn't interested i'm nursing, gets really fussy when nursing, why could this be? Baby is 2 months old

Fussy: If your milk supply is ample and the baby is latching on you might try feeding in different poditions. Sometimes using a breast shield may be helpful. You might want to seek help from a lactation consultant if these little hints dont work. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 2 month old son is always jerking his head and grunting and has sporadic movements with his arms. It isn't constant but very common. Why is this??

My 2 month old son is always jerking his head and grunting and has sporadic movements with his arms. It isn't constant but very common. Why is this??

Abnormal movements: Abnormal movements in a 2 month old are concerning for a number of diagnoses, including seizures or infantile spasms, though of course it could also be behavioral though that is less likely at such a young age. You should see a pediatric neurologist for further workup. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my 3 month old .5ml simeticone every night? She has trouble sleeping and always has gassy tummy.

Is it ok to give my 3 month old .5ml simeticone every night? She has trouble sleeping and always has gassy tummy.

Yes: I am not convinced that simethicone does anything specific for gassy babies but it is popular.Using this daily should be safe. ...Read more

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My 14 month old son is running a low temperature, is notreally eating or drinking, but is acting normal. Could this just be teething?

My 14 month old son is running a low temperature, is notreally eating or drinking, but is acting normal. Could this just be teething?

Could be: Make sure temp is below 100.5 and that your child is hydrated. Kids dehydrate very fast, so would be good idea to have him checked by a pediatric dental specialist, now. ...Read more

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Hi, My father is 54 years old and is diabetic. He is having frequent hiccups when he is awake. What is causing it. Any medicine for relief. Thanks.

Hi, My father is 54 years old and is diabetic. He is having frequent hiccups when he is awake. What is causing it. Any medicine for relief. Thanks.

Hiccups: A hiccup is an involuntary, spasm of the diaphragm resulting in sudden inspiration and ends with abrupt closure of the glottis. Diabetes is among the possible causes. You might to have him keep tight Blood sugar control. If persistent (>48 hours and ?one month) or intractable (>one month) he may need eval by his PCP. His meds could also cause it. Treat the cause and he should get better ...Read more

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My newborn daughter 3 weeks old started to cry very badly when urinating every time. Her belly makes funn sounds as well. Is it related?

My newborn daughter 3 weeks old started to cry very badly when urinating every time. Her belly makes funn sounds as well. Is it related?

Call doc now: It is hard to say what this could be. But it could be serious. Call your doctor right now or get her seen at an emergency room or clinic. With babies in the first month of life, it is extra important to check out unusual changes in behavior that don't quickly go away. Other worrisome things are decreased ability to suck, limpness of the arms and crying that does not stop with the usual measures. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby is having trouble pooping why might this be?

My 2 month old baby is having trouble pooping why might this be?

Try a little juice: A lot of babies, especially formula fed ones, experience constipation at some point. They are unable to valsava and therefore may just have trouble pushing out the stool. At 2 months old, i would rcommend trying a little prune juice for your baby's constipation. I would dilute the prune juice with half water. 2-4 oz per day should suffice. ...Read more

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Why is my baby crying so much?

Why is my baby crying so much?

Many reasons: Without knowing a whole lot more about your situation, i can't guess why your baby is crying. Sometimes there is a genuine medical problem, sometimes it's more a matter of an anxious personality, and sometimes it's just blowing off steam. Visit your pediatrician to go over the situation in depth so you can get a good answer to your question. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old son suddenly had a mood change. Now very irritable; extra picky with food, sometimes no appetite; very clingy. What does this mean?

A few possibilities: First thing to do is get him checked by his doctor to make sure he doesn't have a physical illness- an ear infection, virus, or other illness can cause children to change their behavior drastically. If that is normal, check if there is any added stress- new changes at daycare, new household changes, etc. Children respond to different stimuli with fussiness and clinginess at times. ...Read more

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My 2 month old is very fussy and acts like her stomach hurts all the time. I am putting just a little cereal in formula. Is that the problem?

Maybe,maybe not: At 2 m the more common causes of fussiness are fatigue & heartburn. The cereal is not a likely offender, but is unnecessary at this age anyway. Feeding as they wake/body maintenance/play until tired & setting down awake develops a pattern to the day cycle & helps identify fatigue. Continuous fussiness should be evaluated by you doc to see if rx would be helpful. ...Read more

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My one month old is constipated could it be the milk? She's taking Enfamil for infants the yellow can and is pooping very hard and crying

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Infant constipation: One month old infant on formula sometimes has constipation. Add a teaspoon of 100% prune juice once a day would help. Lactulose 10g/15 ml could help too. Dose is 2.5 ML to 10 Ml a day by mouth ( you can put in the infant formula and give it to the baby. Try prune juice first. Good luck !!! ...Read more

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My grandson is 5 weeks old, bcause he"makes a face&pushes"his parents have started giving him gas drops in his bottle each feeding, is this safe?

My grandson is 5 weeks old, bcause he"makes a face&pushes"his parents have started giving him gas drops in his bottle each feeding, is this safe?

Normal events: At this age infants make a wide collection of facial grimaces, squeaking ; grunting sounds that have no significance. They have rubbery, pliable airways that vibrate to make additional sounds ; they have no social skills, they don't care if the noise they make is odd or not. I don't treat "normal". ...Read more

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Why is my infant acting irritable?

Lots of answers: Lots and lots of potential answers -- lack of sleep, pain, hunger, change of routine, headache, mom's medicine penetrating into breastmilk and causing side effects, hair or thread wrapped around toe and strangulating it, ear infection, exposure to cigarette smoke, high stress levels in the house, heartburn in a baby with reflux, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Depends on . . .: Babies ages 3-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, without other worrisome symptoms, then parents can leave the nose alone. If the mucous is blocking the nose somewhat, try a few drops of saline, followed by gentle suctioning with a suction bulb. A doctor should examine younger or more symptomatic babies. ...Read more

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Can beer cause irritability in breastfed baby?

Don't!!!!!!!!!: Alcohol passes to your baby though your breast milk. Please don't drink and breastfeed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 4 month old to have a 100.9 fever while teething? My 4 month old baby just got her first 2 teeth in about a week ago. But today she has been acting really irritable and checked her rectal temperature and it was 100.9. Could this be a ca

Is it normal for a 4 month old to have a 100.9 fever while teething? My 4 month old baby just got her first 2 teeth in about a week ago. But today she has been acting really irritable and checked her rectal temperature and it was 100.9. Could this be a ca

A little high: 100.9 is a little high. May be teething, but more probably a cold. Ck w pediatrician. And see a pediatric dentist no later than 1st b'day. 2 or 3 is late. You need to talk to pedodontist about care of baby teeth, diet, hygiene, growth and development of teeth and jaws, Fluoride (remember, permanent teeth are already forming), and so many other things. And your child & the dr can bond. ...Read more

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I have a 15mo old baby boy.i noticed lately he often scrathes his privates.no rash noted but still scratches it with irritability.we use cloth diapers and pampers dry?

I have a 15mo old baby boy.i noticed lately he often scrathes his privates.no rash noted but still scratches it with irritability.we use cloth diapers and pampers dry?

Use scent/dye free: Are you using scent and dye free detergent to wash his cloth diapers? Avoid using fabric softener in the cloth diaper wash. Also use hypoallergenic wipes to clean his diaper area. Sometimes babies will have sensitivity to a brand of disposable diapers. Hopefully these changes will help. ...Read more

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I am 17, but since a year ago, I have been acting like a infant.(movements)What is wrong with me? I knew everything when I was 15.I was normal then.

I am 17, but since a year ago, I have been   acting like a infant.(movements)What is wrong with me? I knew everything when I was 15.I was normal then.

Behavior: I'm not exactly sure what you mean, here I see that you have some psychiatric history. I would see a doctor about these complaints. They may be part of your diagnosis. ...Read more

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How would i know the symptoms of c def in a infant my grandmother has c -def and we have been careful but my child has bad diearha for a little over a week and shes drinking pedialight like crazy and seems a little more irritable lately, i was wondering h

How would i know the symptoms of c def in a infant my grandmother has c -def and we have been careful but my child has bad diearha for a little over a week and shes drinking pedialight like crazy and seems a little more irritable lately, i was wondering h

Actually, : Actually, most infants have c. Difficile bacteria in their gut as part of their normal flora and it does not cause the problems we see in older kids or adults. If your child has diarrhea, you should discuss her symptoms with her doctor. You should also call your child's doctor if you see any signs of dehydration. These signs are: - dry mouth -few or no tears when crying -excessive fussiness -fewer than 3-4 wet diapers/day -no urination in 6-8 hours -sunken soft spot -dry, wrinkled or doughy skin -appears weak or limp -decreased alertness or increased sleepiness -rapid breathing or fast heart rate. ...Read more

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Is there any lifestyle choices i can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything i can do to calm and ease him?

Is there any lifestyle choices i can do to make my fetus not turn out to be a fussy/irritable infant? He's very active at 27 weeks. Anything i can do to calm and ease him?

No: The only cause and effect evidenced by medical study that causes a fussy/irritable baby is the effect of drugs like cocaine, heroin and caffeine. Even a stressed out mom does not cause a stressed out baby since the physiological effects of maternal stress are transient. The good news; active infants at 27 weeks gestation do not predict actual infant behaviou after birth. Good luck! stay happy. ...Read more

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Can i catch meningitis from the infants i work with? 1 year old i had today is really fussy and warm and irritable but he's sleeping ok. Meningitis?

Can i catch meningitis from the infants i work with? 1 year old i had today is really fussy and warm and irritable but he's sleeping ok. Meningitis?

Can't say if...: ..This child has meningitis or not. It's less likely if he's properly vaccinated. Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain. It has many causes, the most common of which we vaccinate against beginning at age 2 months. Although you can catch many illnesses working with babies, i'd be more concerned that you would give it to him than that he'd give it to you. ...Read more

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Can food intolerance lead to irritability?

Can food intolerance lead to irritability?

Yes: Food intolerance or allergy can definitely cause irritability in an infant. However, an irritable infant should be examined to rule other or more serious explanations. ...Read more

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Reasons for extreme irritability in 2 month old?

Irritability: There are many causes of irritability in a two month old. Things like constipation gas, infection, etc.. In the absence of fever, infection is unlikely. However, persistent irritability is something you will want to discuss with your pediatrician. A consult with your pediatrician will lead to the correct cause, . ...Read more

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What can I do to stop my irritability and frustration?

What can I do to stop my irritability and frustration?

Depends Upon Source: The causes of irritability and frustration are too numerous to list. If one knows the cause, eliminates it, and the symptoms disappear, problem solved. Life is rarely that simple. If one cannot determine the cause, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. A good physical exam and history performed by your doctor might be quite revealing as to the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more

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How does irritability affect various biological markers?

How does irritability affect various biological markers?

Unknown: This is unknown. Irritability is not a single biological process. ...Read more

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What can I use to treat severe irritability and anxiety?

Manage anxiety : By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org). Entrenched anxiety may require meds. ...Read more

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How long does irritability associated with teething last?

Depends: All babies are different, but on average a baby starts to teeth at approximately 6 months with the central incisors through 30 months for the second baby molars. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remedy mental pain or irritability?

What is the best way to remedy mental pain or irritability?

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is the best method to deal with the problems that are causing you mental pain. In psychotherapy you can learn to look at situations from a new perspective and learn new ways of coping. ...Read more

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Can Low Iron cause irritability? A relative of mine gets low iron and has been very irritable recently.

Fatigue : Anemia or low iron frequently causes fatigue and many people become irritable when they are fatigued. ...Read more

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I am 28yrs old and have noticed the past couple yrs my memory getting almost non existent, irritability. Early onset altzhemiers at my age?

I am 28yrs old and have noticed the past couple yrs my memory getting almost non existent, irritability. Early onset altzhemiers at my age?

Fix the basics: People perform at their best when they get adequate restorative sleep, regular exercise, proper nutrition and work in a comfortable setting. It also is important that no underlying medical or emotional condition like anemia or anxiety is present. Think through these basics and fix what you can. See your doc for an evaluation and possibly a sleep study. It is more likely you have something common. ...Read more

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Whats contra coup, is it serious?What symptoms would 2 yo show? Does it happen days after injury, would i know if he had this? Could irritability be only sx?

Whats contra coup, is it serious?What symptoms would 2 yo show? Does it happen days after injury, would i know if he had this? Could irritability be only sx?

Head injury, 2yrsOld: Frontal bruse and think contra coup from rapidly deceleration on a fixed vessel, the skull; i.e., the visual cortex of the brain would have been disturbed. ...Read more