8 month old is fussier then normal

Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old daughter has been very whiny lately. She does not want to be down and constantly wants to be held. She also seems to be going to sleep much earlier. She usually goes to sleep around 8 but the last couple days has been going to sleep around 6 and sleeping all night till around 7 the next morning. She is eating normal and all of that but is just real whiny. Could this be a growth spurt or teething??

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Sandra - posted on 02/19/2010

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Well...I'd bet most likely the latter. Is she drooling more...more congested (often it's harder to breathe with teeth beginning to come in), or anything else? Diet change (extra gas), etc.? If you're not adverse to baby tylenol or equivalent, you could try a dose...and maybe a second on schedule, and see if you noticed a pronounced change.



If it is gas (new food or ingredients introduced??) you can place her on her back and bicycle her legs...probably done that before I'm guessing.



Finally, the extra discomfort (seemingly) is possibly leaving her more exhausted...so she's needing the extra rest to recover each day. Hope some of this helps; take care of you...stay positive and sympathetic...and continue to reach out to friends, and indulge where you can to help yourself relax as well (nice bath, etc.). Smiles! ;) sc

Becky - posted on 02/19/2010

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It could be either of those, yes. It could also be that she is about to master a new skill -some children become quite cranky before they reach a new developmental milestone, like crawling or pulling up. I'm not sure why this is, but apparently it's quite common.

8 months is also a pretty common age for separation anxiety, which could explain her wanting to constantly wanting to be held. So it could be any number of things, or a combination of things. sorry I can't pinpoint it for you!

The other thing that comes to mind, if this has come on suddenly, is that she could have an ear infection. Sometimes the only symptom they have is being really cranky, and sleeping more than usual can mean they're not feeling well.

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Crystal - posted on 02/20/2010

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I would say that she is probably teething. Hylands brand teething tablets are wonderfuk. They are 100% natural homopathic and they are little tablets that immediatly melt as soon as it hits the mouth. When nothing else would work with my kids when they was teething I could always count on the teething tablets cause they worked wonders. Also frozen Eggo waffles are wonderful for a teething baby to chew on. I hope all goes good. I would say she is teething though and when the tooth comes in things will get a lot better. Good Luck!!!!

Sequoia - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter, after the first 6 months seemed to go through the whinny phase about every 6 weeks. Could be teething and the doc even said it was probably a groth spurt...either physically or mentally like she was learning something new. Very interesting. the sleeping at night. hopefully that sticks around for you. :)

Shawna - posted on 02/19/2010

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It could be both! She may just be in a needy, " I want mommy" kind of mood too. My daughter, 10 months is all about me right now and has been for awhile now. It won't last long though. Good luck.

Kristen - posted on 02/19/2010

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cold or teething or learning a new skill. . . you are lucky with the sleep though!

Dawn - posted on 02/19/2010

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8 months old usually sleep 11 to 12 hours a night, and take 2 naps during the day. If your baby is sleeping more than usual, it could be from sickness, teething, or just a change in her daily routine, also at this time in her life she has adult vision meaning she can and will fear things that she never has before, Comfort her, but watch and see what she is staring at to see what is making her cry, then help her learn about those things, as long as it isn't putting her in a more fearful state of mind, or harmful to her...seek a doctors opnion if you fear your child sleeping habits may be cause by sickness.

My daughter had a fear of grass, at about the same age, her father and siblings, showed her it wouldn't harm her, even though she didn't like the feel of it, she soon over came this fear.

I hope this helps some.

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