my 6 wk old is very fussy but i dont think its colic what can i do?

Sarah - posted on 12/22/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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she isnt pooping consistently and just wants to cry for no reason but it only lasts 5 minutes.... but it happens every 20 minutes. i dont know if its just gas give me ideas to try....

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Heather - posted on 12/30/2009

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sarah - be encouraged! 6 weeks, in most cases, is usually the peak of fussiness. i gave my baby probiotic drops, and these really really help if there are any digestive issues.



also, i know this sounds weird, but maybe she is just tired! i didn't realize that most babies at that age can't stay awake more than 1 to 2 hours. our girl needed help getting to sleep . . . and this is what caused some of her fussiness. books like "healthy sleep habits, happy child" and "90 minute sleep solution" were very helpful. and for soothing techniques try "happiest child on the block" - comes in dvd form too if you don't have much time to read.



best to you

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Hi, my son is now 4 months and he started to get the same way at 3 weeks and it peaked at 8 weeks. Fussy and cranky all the time. I used "little tummies" like oval and all those things and it helped.....laying him on his back and bring his legs up to his tummy helped too. At 8 weeks it just stopped!

Kelsey - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Josephine:

burp her more often...dont use drops unless you ask the doctor 1st but my daughter was 3 months when I used them with her and she acted just like your daughter.



Yes! I agree! I always burped my daughter, but I have noticed that when I actually got her to burp, she was much less fussy (sometimes). I always just got impatient after 5 minutes and figured she didnt need to, when she did. Sitting them up for a few minutes when theyre done eating helps alot too.

Josephine - posted on 12/29/2009

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burp her more often...dont use drops unless you ask the doctor 1st but my daughter was 3 months when I used them with her and she acted just like your daughter.

Kelsey - posted on 12/29/2009

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Sounds like my daughter. Shes 6 mos now and is much better but still has constipation sometimes. There are many possibilities to look into for fussiness. She may just simply be a fussier baby, or it could be GERD (acid reflux) does she spit up alot? It could be tummy pain from constipation, or gas. You can ask your doctor and try a new formula for less gas and or constipation such as soy based formula. For a baby that young I dont think juice or water is ok, but you can ask your doctor, that helps alot with constipation.

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honestly... could be about a billion things with a 6 week old!

id start with looking at what your eating if she is breastfed and the type of formula you use if she is bottle fed. spicey foods, garlic and acidic food can often give breastfed babies tummy aches! i also found that some formulas made my girl extremely constipated which was a nightmare!

also look at the way you are burping her. instead of sitting her up and tapping her back... put her on your shoulder, stretch her legs right down and rub her back... this helps all the gas come up! is she doesnt burb within 2 mins... its not gonna happen!

another thing is to check that she is getting enough food! she might just be hungry! try giving her something to eat when she crys and see if that settles her. nursing is great for comforting as well!

another thing is sleep. if she isnt getting enough sleep she will be very cranky! keep an eye on her sleeping and awake time. she should not be awake for longer than an hour at this stage!

gripe water is great for gas is none of this seems to help! all natural and works within 2 or some minutes of giving it!

check the consistancy of her poo too... she might just have the runs or a bit of constipation!

if your still worried go and speak to a health nurse... they are great for advice and help when your a new mum!

hope your get to the bottom of it!

Lise - posted on 12/29/2009

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I would go with growth spurt, too. My baby did that for about 3-5 days when she hit 6 weeks, and I basically nursed her 24/7 (got to catch up on my DVR shows!). Then she was done and started to grow.

Tammy - posted on 12/29/2009

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I found with my 8 week old that certain foods really affected her, raw onions were a big one! Also chocolate, even the littlest amount. We were also supplementing with one bottle at night and the formula was not agreeing with her. We took off formula for a while, avoiding those foods and she is a much happier baby! We have now started a new formula Enfamil Gentlease for Gas and Fussiness. This formula is really working well for her.

Bethan - posted on 12/27/2009

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I use gripe water with my 15 week old when shes a bit windy or has a bad belly, she was a lot worse between 4 and 10 weeks but her gas seems to have improved as shes getting older. She also likes to be laid on her back with her legs being moved in the cycling motion, produces lots of wind that way from her back side.

Valerie - posted on 12/26/2009

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there is always a reason...what is she eating? what does inconsistent mean? what makes you think it is gas...crying every twenty minutes sounds overtired, perhaps irritated by food she is eating, hungry and not eating right...hard to say with so little information...perhaps just needs closeness that a carrier might provide her...

Katherine - posted on 12/24/2009

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my daughter was the same way. i tried gas drops but they only work for a little bit. then i tried rubbing her belly lightly counterclockwise or puchsing her knees to her stomach. it helps to release the gas. also a warm bath seemed to cal her more. shes also bottlefed so we switched our formula to a sensitive kind and it has done wonders

Lisa - posted on 12/22/2009

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If she is breastfed, it's possible she's allergic or having a reaction to something that you ate (ie causing gas). If she is formula fed, try something a little milder like Enfamil Gentle Ease or Good Start. It's possible, too that the baby has a milk allergy and may need Soy Formula. Either way, everyone seems to think its gas. If you have tackled the feeding issue and still aren't sure, it could be that your baby doesn't have a consistent routine. My now 3 year old had that problem. We didn't have a nap schedule because we were out and about all the time. Routine's really help. If you have a set schedule they won't be as fussy and will sleep a lot better, too.

Sarah - posted on 12/22/2009

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My three week old daughter is like that for several hours a day... fussing and crying on and off. Its from gas I think.

Kelli - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Rachel:

that happened with my son at 6 weeks and i found out he was going through a growth spurt... he was very hungry and very tired so very cranky... also his bowels changed drastically then from like 6 poops a day to maybe 1 every other day... i guess that happens with babies hes 13 weeks now and back to 1 a day so it gets easier :)


Yep- now that I think about it, mine did the same thing, I remember googling it- haha. You could try the gripe water- that sometimes helped my guy, but otherwise you'll just have to live with it for a week or two, then it'll be back to normal.

Rachel - posted on 12/22/2009

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that happened with my son at 6 weeks and i found out he was going through a growth spurt... he was very hungry and very tired so very cranky... also his bowels changed drastically then from like 6 poops a day to maybe 1 every other day... i guess that happens with babies hes 13 weeks now and back to 1 a day so it gets easier :)

Jasmine - posted on 12/22/2009

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Place him with his back on your knees and push his knees into her belly, thats what id one with my child and he farts lke carzy and it seemed to help him.

Adrienne - posted on 12/22/2009

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It does sound like gas. There is an all-natural medication called gripe water you can give her. It is totally safe and was the only thing that worked for my son...

Kelli - posted on 12/22/2009

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Have you tried the gas drops or gripe water? Maybe she has a tummy-ache. If she isn't pooping well you might talk to your doctor,maybe its the formula or something you are eating if your breastfeeding thats stopping her up?

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