All of a sudden fussy baby!

Christina - posted on 03/22/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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up until about 2 or 3 days ago my baby has been an absolute gem! Now he doesn't want to eat much, he is cranky, and he has been spitting up more than he ever did before...
I have been giving him Mylicon, but that hasn't seemed to help. Any suggestions? He seems to be somewhat gassy...but I think it's more than that.
I am going to call the pediatrician tomorrow, but I don't know what they are going to do for him...he doesn't have a temp, he just seems to be irritable.
He is 2.5 months

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Sarah - posted on 03/23/2009

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I was just about to ask the same Question Why is my baby fussing?! she is only 9 weeks & the last couple of days have been stressfull!! Every time I think shes hungry I put her to the breast she has a bit then needs winding & she just cries alot. She has probably only had three or for good feeds in the last  two days this my third child & never had this problem with the others , it just shows every one is different!!

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Helpful links:

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/fus...

Then here is a link to a "calendar" of expected fussy periods. I found it to be right on w/my son, except he was often fussy a week or so earlier and for up to a week longer.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=19...

Best wishes, this sounds totally normal. If you're worried though, take him in to the Dr. to be safe. Otherwise, keep trying to nurse like crazy, hold and/or wear him.

Allison - posted on 03/23/2009

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Is it possible that you are giving him *too much* per feeding? You said you're giving him a bottle to monitor intake, but bottle works differently than the breast and can actually cause baby to inadvertently consume more than he needs during a feeding. There's a great article on kellymom about how to bottlefeed a breastfed baby (http://www.kellymom.com then click on breastfeeding, the page down to the Pumping Moms section and click. It's under there).

Honestly, if you let baby nurse on demand, there is absolutely no reason he wouldn't be getting enough to stay hydrated. A good way to monitor this is by how many wet diapers he has in a 24 hour period. With disposables, it's harder to tell how wet they really are...you can put some tissue inside that will let you know when it actually is wet. There should be 7-10 wets a day. If there is at least that much, he is certainly *not* dehydrated.

Keep in mind that pumping isn't as efficient as baby nursing, so by exclusively pumping you could end up reducing your milk supply. In addition, if he goes through a growth spurt, nursing on demand will signal your body to produce more milk (he'll want to nurse more often for a few days), but pumping won't, unless you also pump more frequently.

Marisa - posted on 03/23/2009

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If it really is gassiness (and not acid reflux/something you need medicine for) have you tried either massage or working his legs up and down?



To help with his digestion, you can take 2 fingers and make an upside down U on his belly...it sort of helps things move along.



You can also lay him on his back, grab his feet and push his knees into his chest/straight repeatedly for a couple minutes. Both of these should ease his discomfort.

Monica - posted on 03/23/2009

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my son was like that at one point and it was because i was drinking milk, and  alot of the things you eat can change the taste of your milk. If you eat things that  make you gassy it may make the baby gassy.

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Julia - posted on 03/23/2009

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Yes, my son also nurses now in smaller amounts and more often. I just hope it goes away in a couple of months.



If you have a good daycare, they will be happy to help him. My friend worked at a daycare and she told me they had a few babies with acid reflux.



Make sure to call his doctor though. He can put your son on medication. My son is taking Axid, my niece took zantac. It helps with the burning of their esophagus.

Christina - posted on 03/23/2009

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I think that it could be acid reflux. I have been searching around on the internet about what could be the matter, and he fits all the symptoms. The other HUGE issue right now is that we cannot get him to burp. He is eating the breastmilk in a bottle right now b/c I want to monitor how much he is getting (I am still nursing here and there and in the night, but during the day I want to see how much he is getting to make sure he doesn't get dehydrated)...he is burping MAYBE every 3 feedings. I know that has to be a big part of the problem, if not the entire problem. I have tried burping him for an hour, I have tried every kind of position...he just won't burp.
He was burping so well up until now, so it is something new...
He has been eating more frequently and less amounts to try and help him with this problem, and that has seemed to help a little...but I am constantly feeding him...I just hope daycare will do this for him when I go back to work in a couple of weeks...ugghhh

Thanks for the suggestions and the feedback...it's nice to know I am not the only one going through this. Sometimes you think this is ONLY happening to your baby...lol

Julia - posted on 03/22/2009

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My son has had the same issues. When you nurse him does he sometimes pull away and cry and then go back and keep doing that? My son was doing that plus spits up alot. It was at about the same age as your son that he started to do this. The doctor said that it is acid reflux. Now we have him on medicine, which gives him some comfort, but he still is not great. I have him sitting up most of the time. He sleeps in his bouncy at night because it helps keep the food down. The doctor said that hopefully by 6 months he will be doing better. However, my neice had the same thing and she didn't get over it till she was about one. Also, since you are nursing, you have to watch what you eat. No acidic foods for you.



 



I would talk to your doctor and see if he/she thinks it is that. Good luck!

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Has he been having bowl movements? Sounds like he may be constipated or just be gassy. Try feeling his abdomen and see if its unusually hard. You can also try bringing up his legs and gently pushing his legs up to put pressure on his tummy. Babies at that age are very flexible so you wouldn't be hurting him by doing this. The pressure on his tummy can help with gas and constipation. Also just something as simple as burping him can help, even during feedings instead of just the once after a feeding. Good luck!

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My son used to go through periods like that where for a few days he was cranky at the breast and wouldn't feed as much...I never worried too much about it and around 4/5 months he sorted himself. Even now at almost 7 months, he is on solids and will have blocks of days when he's not interested in eating his solids, but then after a few days he's back to being a little piggy. : )

Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 03/22/2009

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you said he seems gassy?  If it's gas and/or he's a bit backed up, you can try the gerber apple-prune juice...they have the little "jar" sized bottles of it.  It won't take much to do the trick- this helped out a LOT with my daughter.  With him being so young, you will probably want to water it down a bit, or if he'll take a bottle, you could mix it with your milk and give it to him that way.  Also, make sure you're getting enough fiber in your diet, too...it wouldn't hurt to have a glass of milk with some benefiber in it or something like that.  The good thing about benefiber is that it has absolutely NO taste- I can't stand anything that tastes weird going in to my drinks, but I've never once even noticed the benefiber.  He's probably too young to be teething, but it is always a possibility...wouldn't hurt to feel his gums to see if you notice anything.  Good luck- it's no fun having a fussy baby!

Kim - posted on 03/22/2009

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you're not alone! my DD is the same age and we just started the same thing with her. i was so worried last night that i called the on call ped nurse. she told me to try the sleepytime chamomile tea- 1 oz. we have given her the gas drops as well. tonight we did a long lavender bath and massage with lavender lotion. if she is the same way tomorrow, i'm going to call her ped tuesday. i can't tomorrow cause i have to work.

Amy - posted on 03/22/2009

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O.k., this might sound strange, but maybe he's bored with being a baby?  Someone told me that with my first, and I thought they were nuts, but once I tried stimulating him a little more (just what you wanted to hear, right?!), he was fine...still really fussy from time to time, but his eating and sleeping really improved.  Right now, he's two, just memorized all 44 presidents, knows ABC's, colors, shapes, etc...so, maybe you have a really bright one on your hands?

Brenda - posted on 03/22/2009

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The same thing happened with my daughter, nevaeh...once she hit 6months everything started changing. crankiness, eating patterns changing...make sure he's getting his vitamin D and i usually give baby tylenol b4 bedtime...depending on his age he might be starting to teeth, which was my daughter's problem...And i had been eating hot sauce more often than i should have been.  So my suggestion is check out your diet and check his gums to see how his teeth are coming along...make sure to be wiping them clean after feedings as well to prevent infection

Becky - posted on 03/22/2009

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Im not really sure that i have any advice for you, but I will tell you that my son does that from time to time-  seems gassy, fussesand just kinda snacks at the breast, and just overall cranky. It does seem to subside after a day or two. A friend of mine had the same thing happen with her daughter, and she did end up going to the doc, it turned out she was just REALLY gassy- something mom ate just really bound the kid up inside. So you know youre not alone?

Heather - posted on 03/22/2009

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It could be a number of things....growth spurt? they have many of them and my little one turns into a monster!! I give her a little tylenol or motrin for the discomfort. Have you been eating anything different?

usually my little one will be down for a few days....

hope all gets better!!

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