Help!!! 7 week old wont stop crying

Sarah - posted on 08/04/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 week old baby boy and for the last 3 weeks all he does is cry when he is awake! He sleeps fine at night and only wakes up for a feed. he is formula fed. i have been advised by my health visitor to change his milk so he is now on comfort formula as she thought he may have trouble digesting the protein. but it has made no difference and he is just so unhappy. He is sometime ok when carried around on my shoulder or pushed in his pram but any other time he just cries, sometimes arching his back. he spits up quite often after a feed and hate lying on his back. i was thinking he may be suffering with a reflux. has anyone else had any problems like this??

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Sarah - posted on 08/04/2012

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thank you for the reply :) i dont think it is colic as the fussiness is all day but he is not inconsolable. its more whinging that full blown screaming and crying. and he is spitting up 2 or 3 times after every feed and crying straight after he has been fed. I tried breast feeding when he was born but he wouldnt take to it :( I really hope he does feel better soon, i cant stand him being so unhappy, it breaks my heart! i am seeing his GP on monday so we will see what she says :)

Mary Renee - posted on 08/04/2012

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Is it too late to try breastfeeding? Breastmilk is a lot easier for babies to digest, and because there's no air in the bottle, it usually means they're less gassy, and less fussy due to pain from gas or gastrointestinal issues. He might have acid reflux, which would mean making sure he is somewhat upright after feeding, to help. Is he spitting up/throwing up a lot?

If breast milk isn't an option (and babies that are breastfed can still get acid reflux), then it sounds like your baby is right around the age of colic. It might be that and if that's the case, this is just something you're going to have to be patience with and get through because it should end around the time baby is 3 months old.

Also, I remember with my daughter (she's two now), she had a terribly fussy phase from about 3 weeks-8 weeks. She didn't have colic, but it was definitely the most fussy time of her infancy. I was so sleep deprived and just walking around with her constantly, rocking her, nursing her, over and over and over repeat repeat repeat. One thing I found to help was walks outside in the night air. Usually her fussiness starting in the late afternoon early evening, so the cool night time air worked wonders to calm her. I would walk her around our apartment complex in the moby wrap, or sometimes do something just as simple as carrying her in the hallway (we have outdoor hallways).

Good luck! I would definitely try to nurse a little more over the formula, try Mylocin Gas drops (unsure if the spelling is correct), and keep baby somewhat upright after feedings. I think those three things combined will help if it's a stomach issue. And if it's just normal fussiness for the age keep walking, rocking, shushing, singing, whatever works. Hang in there! They don't cry forever, promise.

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