Screaming baby ... HELP!!

Erica - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 52 moms have responded )

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Our daughter screams every evening for several hours off & on ... nothing consoles her for more than a few moments. Eventually she just wears herself out & falls asleep. She sleeps well at night & doesn't have any problems during the day until 4p. She is almost 6 months old ... what can we do to help her?

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Mary - posted on 01/12/2009

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It sounds as though your baby may have colic like many others have suggested.Not sure if you have tried gas drops but it might be worth a shot.I had one of my children who was fussier in the afternoon and we would actually sit on the the dryer while it was running to sooth him.Eventually he out grew it and now it is a faded memory.Good luck.....

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Rose - posted on 07/23/2016

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Does she a bf child or ff. Mix babies magic tea in her bottle and give her 4 to 5 times a day and once she gets better carry on twice a day. It'll help.

Katrina - posted on 09/17/2013

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The best thing that worked with out 1st born who could not be put down due to screaming from pain and colic, we started giving him Acidophilus Bifidus powder from the fridge in the health store (would open a capsule and mix the powder into some cool pre-boiled water and feed through a dropper) Given this 4x a day, within 24 hours we had a new happy boy who would drink , no stomach pain or cramps and would sleep. This is perfectly safe to give to baby's just a few weeks old. No harsh medication needed. It stops the stomach acid and reflux. And if you little one is constipated, small amounts of Aloe Vera juice will work amazing for their bowels.

Cynthia - posted on 02/06/2009

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I would be thinking she has colic, build up of wind as my son would start about 5pm and cry for hours until either it passed or he released some of the wind. I would gently massage his stomach and gently work his legs up and down. If this did not work a warm bath would relax him and this also sometimes helped.

Tracy - posted on 02/03/2009

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Victoria - posted on 02/03/2009

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I would suggest trying a new formula like Similac Alimentum, I had the same problem with my daughter and that was the only thing that helped.... its expensive but well worth it!!

Belinda - posted on 02/03/2009

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hello, i have a 6 week old son who screams for 7 - 12 hrs a day, and being a new mother i was having issues dealing with that, like you i tried gripe water, infacol, zantac, water and brown sugar and nothing worked, i went to the hospital as i knew there was something wrong with my son before they told me he had reflux they said they could't find anything wrong with him and put it down to uncontrolable crying, i was so angry and then they told me that my son has reflux, he is on medication for that, but he also has colic and heartburn which the dr's won't treat, i couldn't let my son suffer so i gave him Gaviscon liquid for the heart burn as the Zantac won't work for 5 - 10 days Gaviscon is instant and for the colic i am using Donnalix 4 times a day, with a combination of these 3 my son slept 5 hrs last night and he seems to be more settled within himself which means i get sleep and that is something that i haven't had lot of, if you haven't tried any of these, it might be worth a shot, good luck and i hope you get some reflief soon. Take care

Lisa - posted on 02/02/2009

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It's colic. My son did it every night from 5:30 to 7. They call it colic because there is no reason for it, cannot be explained (we thought gas). You have to find what quiets her. For my son, as soon as I put on Dave Matthews cd Crash, he was instantly quiet.

Maggie - posted on 02/02/2009

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try to avoid anything with milk in it.  if she is on bottle milk, try infacare.  also try probiflora for babies, available at your chemist.  try taking your baby for a drive in the care or a walk in her stroler.  Good luck.

Karen - posted on 01/27/2009

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my little girl was the same a sling worked for me

they are close to u it will calm her down and you can still get things done

if you go on

www.freedomslings.co.uk

www.bibmamaslings.co.uk or

www.closebabycarrier.com

let me know how you get on

Jackie - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Our daughter would scream at about 5-7 when she was was 3 months old, we had now idea what was wrong. We thought it was just her fussy time. Then at her well baby check up the Doc. said it could be acid reflux, and gave her baby zantac. It did the trick, whe was on it until she was abou 7 months but no more screaming!! Hope this helps and good luck!!



My daughter was said to have the same thing at only 4 weeks (she's 13 weeks now). The pediatrician suggested mixing some cereal in with her formula and Mylicon gas drops. The cereal helped to keep the milk in her tummy and the drops helped with the gas. She's stopped screaming and sleeps much better because she is more satisfied. She's already sleeping through the night at 3 months, which makes for a happier Mommy & Daddy!

Erica - posted on 01/16/2009

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Swaddling has worked!! Thank you to all!



BTW, I mislead you all accidentally in my first post ... she is 6 weeks, not months, sorry!

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009

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DO YOU BREAST FEED OR FORMULA. MY SON WAS LIKE THAT FOR A WHILE. HE WENT ON FORMULA WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 2MO OLD. HIS POOP WAS A HUNTER GREEN. HE CONSTENTLY HAD A BELLY ACH. WE SWITCHED HIM TO SOY FORMULA AND IT DID WOUNDERS ON HIM. I COULD TELL A BIG DIFFRENCE IN HIM AFTER THE FIRST BOTTLE OF SOY. HE IS SO HAPPY NOW.

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009

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DO YOU BREAST FEED OR FORMULA. MY SON WAS LIKE THAT FOR A WHILE. HE WENT ON FORMULA WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 2MO OLD. HIS POOP WAS A HUNTER GREEN. HE CONSTENTLY HAD A BELLY ACH. WE SWITCHED HIM TO SOY FORMULA AND IT DID WOUNDERS ON HIM. I COULD TELL A BIG DIFFRENCE IN HIM AFTER THE FIRST BOTTLE OF SOY. HE IS SO HAPPY NOW.

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009

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DO YOU BREAST FEED OR FORMULA. MY SON WAS LIKE THAT FOR A WHILE. HE WENT ON FORMULA WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 2MO OLD. HIS POOP WAS A HUNTER GREEN. HE CONSTENTLY HAD A BELLY ACH. WE SWITCHED HIM TO SOY FORMULA AND IT DID WOUNDERS ON HIM. I COULD TELL A BIG DIFFRENCE IN HIM AFTER THE FIRST BOTTLE OF SOY. HE IS SO HAPPY NOW.

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have you tries levison Sp? A colic prescription for children. All of my children had colic but didn't know about this with my first child. it helps alot

Leanne - posted on 01/12/2009

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My first daughter had colic and would cry from 4pm till 11pm until exhausted.we eventually used a concotion called infants friend which is all herbal and this work great. My doctor told me that she would out grow colic in the first 12months but could have bouts of colic up till she was 3 years old and this did happen and she is now a healthy happy 12 year old.A friend of mine recently had the same problem and took her doughter to a natropath and was give Aloe Vera juice and she has had no problems with colic since.hope this helps.



 

Yvonne - posted on 01/12/2009

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We had the same problem and it turned out to be a milk allergy (tummy issues) and reflux. Even now when my son's reflux kicks up he has a very tough day, and so do we for that matter. A lot of people call say their child has "collic" when it really is reflux. Just a thought.

Yvonne - posted on 01/12/2009

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We had the same problem and it turned out to be a milk allergy (tummy issues) and reflux. Even now when my son's reflux kicks up he has a very tough day, and so do we for that matter. A lot of people call say their child has "collic" when it really is reflux. Just a thought.

Natalie - posted on 01/12/2009

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i have the same problem but mine does it more often, dr told me it wasn't collic.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm - posted on 01/12/2009

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wow...i have six kids and have never had that problem....so I can olny tell you how I handled my babies....I held them all the time if they were a little fussy....some evening they just wanted to nurse ALOT....babys are not selfish...they have needs....the biggest need is physical touch....i even kept my babies in bed with me until they were a year old...I had a baby carrier and carried them in that during the day until they were to big or expressed interest in watching the other children from a swing or bouncy chair......My youngest is 2 now (we are adopting her....but have had her since birth....I nursed/slept with her also since my next oldest child was only 4mo. older than her).....Another thing....children take time....there is nothing wrong with sitting down for an evening of nursing if that is what is takes to meet a babys needs.  My babies would fall asleep nursing, but I would still just rock them and leave them latched on for as long as they wanted.....in return I have had happy babies and have never spent a night walking the floor with any of them.  I hope there is something here you can use....if all else fails...".this too shall pass"

Lynda - posted on 01/12/2009

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Could be colic or acid reflux.  My daughter had both.  Yes, get the Dr. Harvey DVD or see if someone has one to borrow.  I used Dr. Brown's bottles of course to help with the colic.  I also found some stuff on the internet called COLIC CALM. It seemed to work because one of the ingredients was peppermint.  The only downside was that it is like black gripe water, so sometimes it stained the clothes.  I would just try OTC gripewater from CVS. If it is acid reflux, your last resort will be meds.  They can be very harsh on a baby's system and they tend to give major dia.  About 8-10 dirty diapers.  I researched a lot of advice on the internet and just tried several techiniques for the acid reflux.  Even elevating the bed.  Luckily my daughter out grew it and we didn't need meds.  We did change her formula to Gentlease which has broken down proteins and that also helped.  Always check with your doctor first before doing that.  Good luck!

Nichol - posted on 01/12/2009

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Try changing her routine... If her clock is saying 4pm beacuse of the days events, then thats what it is,. After you change her routine a bit & the problem still occurs, then it could be something you want to bring to her doctor's attention.

Charly - posted on 01/12/2009

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PLEASE read Happiest Baby on the Block....It will change your life!!! Good Luck!

Rebecca - posted on 01/12/2009

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gosh I really wish I would of read all these suggestions when my child was colicky... she is now 10 months and thank goodness past that stage. to be honest it seemed like it lasted forever. of course she also didn't want to go to anyone else besides me which made it even harder. ask you pedi at the next appointment but it def sounds like colic and just keep reminding yourself it doesn't last forever, I PROMISE enjoy all the precious snuggle time though :)

Silvana - posted on 01/12/2009

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she may have gas...is her stomach hard...put her in the anticolic position on your forearm and sway her and I also lay her on her back and bend her knees in twds her stomach and she should fart...you can try this a few times...try burping her too...it may be if you recently changed what she was eating or she may be thirsty...i've given mine water before but just a little like a tbsp but never before a feeding it'll ruin her appetite hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2009

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Hi,



Our daughter did that (daytime too), but out of control at night for 6 months.  She had every non-invasive test done and found nothing.  Finally, a stranger mentioned the chiropracter.  TOTALLY WORKED!!!  New baby after that.  She went for about 2-3 months (no changes until about a month into it) and she has not needed to go back since.  She's 3 1/2 now. 

Jill - posted on 01/12/2009

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My brother has an infant that is colic in the evening and every night before it starts around 5pm they give her gripe water by Little tummys Little remedies. Found at the drug store. It is basically ginger for babies who are colic and also helps with frequent hiccups for infants. It does not cure anything but it may help!!!

Tracy - posted on 01/12/2009

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I HIGHLY Recommend Solving All Problems from the BABY WHISPERER!!! Amazing book that helped me as a first time mom immensly.  She has answers for everything and it all really makes sense.  It really helped me to become a confident mom...it will all come together...enjoy her cause it goes way tooo quick!

Summer - posted on 01/12/2009

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make sure her full A good warm cereal bottle & nice warm bath. u will want to do this at the same time nitely so that she will know at it time for bed.

Summer - posted on 01/12/2009

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make sure her full A good warm cereal bottle & nice warm bath. u will want to do this at the same time nitely so that she will know at it time for bed.

Vicki - posted on 01/12/2009

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the more stressed you get, the more stressed the baby gets, I agree with Odette, change her routine, it doesnt have to be drastic just something small, she will adapt eventually... in the meantime try and relax and be good to yourself your doing a great job.. xxx

Tracy - posted on 01/12/2009

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Is she getting long enough naps before 4pm? She could be so overtired at that point.  At 6 months she should have had 2 long naps already (at 9 am and 1pm depending when she wakes up)

Gerribrehm - posted on 01/12/2009

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My oldest used to have a rough time in late afternoon as well.  Screaming inconsolably well into the early evening.  At nine months screamed to the point she stopped breathing and 'seized up' - terrifying to me, no lasting impact on her.  She 'settled' and the screaming became more sporadic by the time she was one year old.  I tried to keep myself calm every afternoon and do my best to just sit and hold her (even if there was 'stuff' to take care of).  BTW, she's now 16 years old and an amazing young woman - that rarely ever loses her temper : )

Samantha - posted on 01/12/2009

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Sound like colic - this sounds mad, but start up the vacum cleaner near the child - something about the white niose used to soothe both my children.

User - posted on 01/12/2009

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Is she napping regularly during the day? My son is 10 months and between 3 and 5 months when I was trying to get him on a nap schedule I found the late afternoon's to be tough...I found that 3 naps worked best for him and kept him rested enough to make it through the afternoon hours without melting down. I also agree with what other moms have said about reading "The Happiest Baby on the Block" - really great book with lots of soothing methods. Good luck!!

Janette - posted on 01/12/2009

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My girls did this from 5pm-9pm everynite.....Read happiest baby on the block.  It helped us get through some of the nights.....the gist is this, swaddle(we used the miracle blanket)-give a binkie, rock them (in your arms, swing, etc) and shush them (you can use a vacuum for this noise.  My husband and I would swaddle the girls around 430 pm & then would get them in their stroller & go for a walk or put them in our hot slings & go about our business.....this worked for us.  Anyway, hope this helps (seriously, look up happiest  baby on the block).  This was one of the toughtest times for us, but magically @ 3.5 months, it stopped & I now have happy babies :)

April - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have a relative that had a colicky baby and she said the only thing that would settle her down was walking up and down the stairs. I am sure that can get exhausting though but just a suggestion so as to maybe have a break from the crying!

Brenda - posted on 01/12/2009

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I would suggest talking to your health visitor/professional as it sounds like colic but colic normally sorts itself out by about 3mths. My youngest had colic but within a few days of using infacol he started to settle down and by 3 1/2mths he didnt need it anymore.

Carrie - posted on 01/12/2009

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I suggest reading The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp.  Great book that gives alot if the reasons for a screaming baby and practical advice on how to deal with it.  I really liked the insights he gives.

User - posted on 01/12/2009

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When my son was a baby, the best way to calm him down was to put him in the baby swing. With my daughter, it was her bouncy seat. You could also try putting the baby on her stomach across your lap and bounce your legs intermittently. If it's gas pain, this will work the air bubbles out.

Kristi - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have a 25 month old and a 13 month old both of them did this.  With my son it was colic and the doctor told me to give him sleepy time tea (it has no caffine) .  We put two-three ounces of warm water in a bottle and put the tea bag in for a few minutes, then took out the tea bag and put just a pinch of sugar so is not bitter.  If it is gas she sure a good burp after she drinks it ( a minty burp at that).  Also check and see if she is cutting teeth.

Karen - posted on 01/12/2009

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We called it the witching hour at our house. My son was always sensitive to that time of day too. We started playing soft music from a cd called Sleepy Baby (played very softly) and turning off the tv and it seemed to help (something about the noise). (I looked online but could not find it - there is one out there but it is not what we have. It is classical music that starts out a little bit loud and fast, but each song will get softer and slower as the cd plays.) He still gets wound pretty tight (and he is 7 now) if there is a lot of activity going on between 4 and 7 p.m. What is funny is that he still will listen to this cd when he has had a bad day. He knows when he is overstimulated!

Also, does she nap well during the day? Sometimes if they don't nap, that is the hour that is the hardest.

I hope you find a cure. There is nothing worse than a crying baby!

Emily - posted on 01/12/2009

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Our daughter would scream at about 5-7 when she was was 3 months old, we had now idea what was wrong. We thought it was just her fussy time. Then at her well baby check up the Doc. said it could be acid reflux, and gave her baby zantac. It did the trick, whe was on it until she was abou 7 months but no more screaming!! Hope this helps and good luck!!

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It's probably just collic. I say that because she does it every day at the same time. Spo there's not a lot you can do. My son does it a little. I usually can bounce him to sleep or give him some water in a bottle just to take his mind off of it. Hope this helps.

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