screaming 2 month old for no reason

Pearl - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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my son just turned 2 months old on june 12th, and for almost a week now, during the day is when he screams the most. it seems like its for no reason! no matter what way i hold him or what i do! sometimes he will scream for 2 hours then only sleep 10 minutes.he wakes up as soon as i put him down and i still dont know why! ive tried baths,soother,cuddling,changing,talking to him,playing with him, walking around with him,burping him. almost everything! I bottle feed him formula and he wont scream until about 2 ounces are gone.he eats 4 normally, or more. i dont know why! im concerned someone please help!

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Jolleen - posted on 06/16/2009

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Hey Pearl!! It's alright, all babies do this. Some babies have a harder time than others getting used to the world. It sounds like you are doing everything right, so keep it up. Ensure he is dry, clean, not too warm, not too cold. You could always check his fingers and toes to make sure that some of your hair didn't wrap around a digit and is hurting him...did that once myself. If all of his necessities are taken care of, then there is nothing else you can. Put him in a safe place, turn on some music for him and walk away...maybe you both just need a break. You are in my thoughts through this!!!!!

Nicole - posted on 06/22/2009

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My daughter did the same thing and it ended up being colic. They put her on prevacid and the Gentalease formula and she was much better. The key is to make sure they burp after each feeding. They also have some all natural drops for infants which was Gripe water. Good luck it will pass I promise. She is two now but I have a 4 month all that is doing the same thing.

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Jenni - posted on 06/22/2009

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sounds like colic or reflux... they're hard to tell apart b/c the symptoms are very similar... it's caused by an immature digestive tract... formula is usually harder on their tummies than breast milk but my son was breastfed and still had reflux... he would scream as though he we're in pain and the only thing i found that would help a little was to hold him upright and and walk around with him until it supsided... if it is reflux or colic babies outgrow it by around 3 months... my son's screaming got less and less at this time and then disappeared all together... i think it's fairly common but if u are still concerned bring him to ur pedia

Sherri - posted on 06/22/2009

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I would definitely talk this over with the baby's pediatrician, but this is most likely the formula. We had this problem with our baby (formula fed) and had to switch to Enfamil Gentlease formula. At first we thought he was lactose intolerant, and he was switched to a soy formula, which still did not work, that is when he was switched to the Gentleease which I think is partially digested. He was also put on zantac for reflux disease for a few months to help his stomach. I imagine your baby is having stomach pains or possibly reflux and that is why he is screaming. Good luck.

Maeve - posted on 06/19/2009

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Quoting Pearl:

screaming 2 month old for no reason

my son just turned 2 months old on june 12th, and for almost a week now, during the day is when he screams the most. it seems like its for no reason! no matter what way i hold him or what i do! sometimes he will scream for 2 hours then only sleep 10 minutes.he wakes up as soon as i put him down and i still dont know why! ive tried baths,soother,cuddling,changing,talking to him,playing with him, walking around with him,burping him. almost everything! I bottle feed him formula and he wont scream until about 2 ounces are gone.he eats 4 normally, or more. i dont know why! im concerned someone please help!



Our baby (now 6 months) was very windy/collic when she was born.  We were told to try an osteopath.  We brought her twice and she literally started bringing the wind up herself.  It made a huge difference - might be worth a try. We went to a lady in Merrion Square Dublin - her surname was "Synge".  Could be an option for you. Good luck!!

Maria - posted on 06/18/2009

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When my 3yr old was the same age as yours, I found out she had colic after her crying for 2 months. So I gave her, her first dummy & crystals from a health food shop you place on the tongue. And finally my husband & I got some sleep and so did she, the poor soul. So, your baby could have colic too? All the best, Maria.x

Melody - posted on 06/17/2009

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My sisters Daughter did this and was taken to the doctor only to find out she had a hurniua that needed to be fixed and the crying stoped as the pain was gone

Jennifer - posted on 06/17/2009

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I'd take him in and check to see if he has an ear infection or if the formula isn't agreeing with him.

Eunice - posted on 06/17/2009

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He might have Acid reflux or you might need to switch the formula. Check this website to see if your son has any of theses Symptoms. kidshealth.org/parent/system/surgical/gerd_reflux.html

Hope you son feel better soon

Larissa - posted on 06/17/2009

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Dear Pearl,

My youngest son would only sleep for about 2hrs max, than wake up screaming. Like you we tried everything, eventually I went to our doctor and he sent us off to a paediatrician, found out he had colic. He gave us a script for some medication and with in a matter of a few days he was sleeping more. He was on it for about 1month and never looked back. I believe you are worried for a reason, and a mothers instinict is never wrong. I have prove that many times to myself over the last 9 yrs. I have 3 boys the oldest soon turing 9. Good luck with everything.

Larissa.

Mizanne - posted on 06/17/2009

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My baby does the same thing too my doc said to use mylicon. It happens mostly in the evening so he said it was colic.

Liana - posted on 06/17/2009

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My 2month old does the same for other people but not for me, it could be that they want a particular person or just plain frustration it's boring being a baby have you tried rattling something for him or a walk with him in the pushchair.



I shouldn't worry to much most babies do it at some point all my 3 have so long as you have tried your best there isn't a lot more you can do.

User - posted on 06/17/2009

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HI THERE I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY DAUGHTER FOR THE 1ST 3 MONTHS AND WAS FOBED OFF BY THE DRS TELLING ME IT WAS COLIC AND SHE WOULD GROW OUT OF IT. I FOUND OUT IN THE END THAT SHE WAS INTOLERANT TO THE MILK PROTIENS AND LACTOSE WE NOW HAVE HER ON NUTRAMIGEN A FORMULA THAT HAS THOSE THINGS REMOVED SHES A DIFFERENT BABY HAPPY AND SMILEY YIPEE

Savannah - posted on 06/17/2009

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also, my son used to do that as well, and it turned out that he had night terrors. (and day terrors) It was scary and I felt really bad for him because it seemed like he didn't even see me or notice that I was trying to comfort him. He grew out of it eventually, but he is still prone to nightmares.

Savannah - posted on 06/17/2009

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I cried constantly when I was a baby. I guess it was literally all the time. It drove my parents crazy and I'm sure I was just left to cry a lot. When I was 18 months my dad went to a chiropracter to get his back done and the dr took one look at the way I was standing and had me come right over. Turns out that my neck was out and had been since the day I was born. My mom's tailbone broke when I was on my way so they assumed that that was when it happened. They felt bad because they had no idea. They just thought I was a horrible baby.

I would say try the chiropracter. Even if nothing is out it is still a very good idea for you little one.

Heather - posted on 06/17/2009

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I was watching my 2 month old grandson yesterday and he did the same thing. One minute he was laughing and the next minute just screaming his head off. I tried everything, food, change, cooler clothing, hip holding, over the shoulder, nothing seemed to work, but it only lasted 15 minutes, even though a short time it did exhaust me, I spoke to my daughter today and told her I was reading your comments and she said Oh Mom he doesn't do it all the time, but I think he does it more than she lets on, so what can I do? I guess just put up with it when I have him, or can I suggest things in a sutle way? Don't want to over step my boundary.

Nicolle - posted on 06/17/2009

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my son just turned two months on the 6th of june and he is doing the same thing!! i feel your frustration! he will be happy and smiling and cooing one sec and the next he will just start screaming!

Lydia - posted on 06/17/2009

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If its colic then there are various remedies around to help (I chose Brauers Colic Relief homeopathic remedy which worked well). All my daughters grandparents recommended Gripe Water (but my baby was too young for that at the time).



If its gas try experimenting with different flow teets for his bottle (this also help my girl with her gas problems)



Its hard going when they scream inconsolably so I hope that you find something that works soon (for his comfort and your sanity!)

Pearl - posted on 06/17/2009

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im going to see his doctor tomorrow and see what he suggests for formula, thanks for all the help! and i have noticed sometimes he does have a hard time burping. I am going to try to burp him longer.

Terri - posted on 06/16/2009

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I have a 4 month old that had colic.....try switching formula to Nutramagin by Enfamil...it is night and day difference in your baby, was the best thing I did. It's extremely expensive tho so try getting samples from your ped or if you're on WIC you can get a prescription from your doctor for it, it saved our lives!!! If you don't want to try switching formula another life saver we swear by is the Dr. Brown bottles, again, pricey, but worth it! Good luck and it will pass I swear! My daughter is peaceful and sleeps about 12 hours at night and only wakes up once, is happy, go lucky and not gassy or fussy now, try the formula, your sanity is worth the extra money for a few months.

Jessica - posted on 06/16/2009

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Sounds like colic or teething. It could possibly be formula (I know with my son the only time he would scream was when he drank his bottles and we finally figured out after 3 formula changes he was lactose intolerant anytime he had regular or even soy he would scream with every drink and the lactose free he was fine and would suck the bottle with no screaming)....But if he's screaming for 2 hours straight it sounds like colic

Gisella - posted on 06/16/2009

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I'm not an expert by any means but I have a two month old also. It sounds like gas to me. You might want to let your pediatrician know so maybe they can consider changing formula. Have you tried to use some kind of warm pack on the babys belly or try holding him in a football hold or belly down on your lap just so you put slight pressure on his belly. sometimes when my daughter had gas i put her over my shoulder with her belly on my shoulder and try to burp her that way. Also, are you swaddling your baby? if not, try swaddling him to sleep. My daughter won't sleep unless she swaddled. I hope this helps a little. Good luck!

Betsy - posted on 06/16/2009

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My son had really bad gas. But couldnt get it out. It would just get caught up in his little tummy. for almost a week, he would scream all day, from his first feeding until he was so exhausted he couldnt stay awake. I couldnt think of anything to try, but luckily a friend of mine suggested gas drops, as a last resort. He took to them well, and never screamed again (well, until he was about 18 months and the tantrum was learned) good luck!

Kelly - posted on 06/16/2009

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If it is within your means, I'd highly suggest seeing an infant chiropractor. It is amazing for babies and their bodies learn to heal themselves. As opposed to prescribed medication as a first resort. My daughter developed colic and the chiropractics worked miracles. It's very gentle and soothing for babies. I highly recommend it!

Stevie - posted on 06/16/2009

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you might take a look at his mouth he could be getting some teeth or colic and dont let ppl tell you that if he is getting teeth that he will have a fever sooo not true my son acctually didnt show any sings of it just maybe a little crabby for about an hour around 5 so he could be teething but if that isnt the case then it could be colic maybe and teething can take awhile before he even gets a tooth when my son was younger he would get fussy and want to chew on things and what not so that could just be the start of it all my son would be cranky for a few days then the next day nothing and now he is getting his first tooth and he is 7 months

~Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2009

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All I can think of is that maybe his formula isn't agreeing with him (?)

With my daughter.....I had started with enfamil (fine for a couple months)....then had to switch to carnation (nestle) Good Start. It was easier on her digestive system. Talk to your son's doctor and see if he /she recommends trying to switch formula - it may help.

Good luck!

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