Remedies for a fussy baby, without colic.

Tara - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 7 1/2 month old son is CONSTANTLY crying, unless I am holding him and standing up. I need a new way to occupy him without having to hold him at all times. Any suggestions?

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Linda - posted on 01/01/2010

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Keep your child well fed and active during the day and he'll be sleepy at night. Until my kids started eating baby food, I gave them cereal in their milk with the hole cut bigger in the bottle and 3 or 4 spoonfuls of cereal on top of that. A johnny jump up and swing helped keep them occupied when work needed to be done. Don't get yourself upset, babies sense this and feel uneasy as well

Betina - posted on 01/01/2010

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I guess I'm old school. I have had 4 babies and each one is different. The baby is hungry, I never went with what the doctors said I went with what my grandma said. She had 12 so I figured she pretty much knew what she was talking about. Fry an egg ever morning and give the baby the yellow. The love it and it fills them up, make a bigger hole in a bottle nipple and mix oatmeal in with his/hers milk and give it to them. They will sleep well like a baby. Always make sure you burp them well before you lay them down.
Doctors don't know everything sometimes good old fashion help is all you need.
Trust me it works. Toys and baby food aren't the answer. The baby isn't bored it's hungry.

Thaleia - posted on 12/31/2009

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try wearing him around if you can't stand him crying. that way you can still get things done. Check his toys are they too boring or too advanced for him. Does he like music or singing? maybe you can put some music on or sing to him for a little while. Play games where he needs to reach or crawl and get the toy but stay there then the next time while he retrieves the toy move one step or scoot away and see how he reacts.

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2009

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a bouncer seat is useful also unfortunately hi-5 or crazy kid shows will work for a bit

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2009

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my son had the same problem and turns out he had baby heartburn your pediatrician can give you a med that helps alot..its liqiud zantac for kids it helped my lil guy out alot and i got to sleep too..lots of luck!

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Belen - posted on 12/06/2015

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I'll suggest baby magic tea to soothe newborns whether they have colic or any other tummy problem.

Anita - posted on 12/29/2009

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These are things that have worked for me:-
1) some babay food- hes just hungry
2) Soothing Music- introduce him to Mickey mouse or Barney
3) some shiny toys-interesting ones

They have worked for me when all else failed.

Yvonne - posted on 12/29/2009

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Lots of lovely ideas another thought. Has he got any teeth yet? He maybe teething. Is he drooling, chewing or biting on everything? If yes good chance he's teething. Teething can go on for ages, (months) if so numerous methods can help. A good chew toy/s kept in the fridge (not the freezer) jell numbing creams and if worst comes pain killers. I used these as a last resort. The other suggested distractions by fellow mums can also help.
Sometimes before they become ill they become "clingy"
Just note boys tend NOT to handle teething very well at all. (i have one girl then 3 boys) All the best

Natasha - posted on 12/29/2009

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Sounds like separation anxiety. I was told by the Child Health Nurse to keep talking with them, so they still know your around. My son was exactly the same and he only started being happy being on his own for the last month. He is 1 today and only when he started crawling(late starter) and pulling himself up, did he settle down.

Tara - posted on 12/29/2009

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Thanks everyone for your responses, they were all very helpful and appreciated. My 2 year old was so much easier when she was a baby, never cried and always entertained herself... it's much more difficult with a fussier one.

Brittany - posted on 12/28/2009

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Toys are always good, especially tummy time mats... If you are not already I would talk to your doctor about giving him baby food, he may just be growing and hungry...Good Luck!!!

Lisa - posted on 12/28/2009

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Start working w/him in small increments. Engage him in an activity in a safe place for him to be, then say "mommy has to go do _______ & will be back to play with you in __ minutes", keep increasing the time little by little. He should be in a place where you can see him, so he should be able to see you & will know that you haven't gone very far. When he fusses, talk to him about what you are doing, & tell him how much more time until you will be able to play with him, basically reassure him. There is nothing wrong w/holding your baby, some countries constantly hold their children well past toddlerhood & have well-adjusted, well-rounded kids, intelligent children. He will only be a baby for so long, you will miss being able to hold him when he is older, maybe you could get a sling & keep him with you. He will eventually want to go do his own thing.

Danielle - posted on 12/28/2009

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My 11 month old is the same way!!! I try to keep him fed and dry! Seems to help give him the desire to loose track of me and go play with something else for a little while (even 10 minutes of freedom from him is like winning the lottery sometimes! I love him to death, but ahhhhhhhhhh!)

Alexia - posted on 12/28/2009

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well shiny balloons, light up toys with sounds, tv, johnny jumper, or if worse comes to worse sometimes its better to let them cry, i know it sucks but this is when they need to learn that they can't be held all the time, otherwise he is going to be an "up, up" kid.

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