Have you had your 5 month old suddenly less cheerful and sleeping more than usual

Ayman - posted on 08/28/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi! One of my twins laughs and giggles all the time has suddenly stopped laughing as much for the past few days. He'd stare at my face instead of smiling back. I miss his wide grins. I was able to squeeze out a few smiles from him, but his constant laughters seem to have gone away for the past few days. Also he's taking naps that are longer than usual for him. I guess he might be growing and thus laying low. But being a first time mom, I wanted to check if any of you had a similar situation.

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Kris - posted on 08/29/2012

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Any time you feel something is wrong, go with your gut and take him in to the pedi. You know your baby! :) On a side note, I can't see any way this could be related to vaccinations, so take that worry off your list right now. But if there is something going on, or if there's reason for concern, the pedi will be able to let you know. Best of luck!

Dana - posted on 08/29/2012

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If he hasn't pooped in a few days, he may be constipated. That may be one of the reasons he has not been smiling/giggling. My advice would be to get him checked by his pediatrician. Better safe than sorry!!

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Reatha - posted on 08/30/2012

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I had a nursing daughter that only pooped every three to five days and I was assured that that was very normal for a nursing baby. I do know by abserving the children at school, if they haven't pooped for awhile it changes their whole disposition. If they are sleeping more than normal it certainly could be a growing spurt,or sometimes my children would do that before getting sick.

Tina - posted on 08/30/2012

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If ever you're unsure about something don't hesitate to get them checked out. It may not seem like much but you know your child better than anyone. There is also a good chance he's starting to teeth that certainly can make them a little grumpy. Also he may be constipated. A tiny amount of sugar water can help about a teaspoon in about 15mls of water. Not much but it helps. A nice warm bath and a belly message also helps.

Ayman - posted on 08/29/2012

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All. Thank you so much for your notes. B was much better today. More smiles, playing and eating normally. Still no poop. Tried prune juice. Will call pedi if he doesn't poop tomorrow. On a side note, he seems to be holding his neck for much longer without complaining like he usually does. My mommy instinct says that he's developing and thus the slight deviation. Will keep you posted

Ayman - posted on 08/29/2012

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Thanks all!

Kelina: He is breastfed. I supplement with bottle once a day during his night time feed

Kelina - posted on 08/29/2012

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it can be pretty normal for them not to poop for several days. My two month olds average is about 4 days. is he breast or bottle fed? with bottle fed babies you have to be a little more careful with keeping them hydrated, but supposedly when it's warm out your milk automatically gets watery to keep them hydrated. If you're worried you can take him to the doctor but I'd give it a couple more days.

Ayman - posted on 08/29/2012

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Also he hasn't pooped for a few days - usually he goes once a day. Do you think that has something to do with this?

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