screaming baby

Elizabeth - posted on 11/21/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My baby screams every night between his 6pm feeding and his 9pm feeding... any advice on how to get him to stop?? or just to soothe him?

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Chloe - posted on 11/24/2008

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Hey i know how frustrating this can be but all babies have a period during the day in which they are unsettled my daughter was the same and it seemed like she wasnt going to stop screaming i use to take her for a walk and get some fresh air it seemed to work really well. Now she is 6 months old and she is still unsettled at around but only for an hour before she goes to bed. I hope all works out for you

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my son was colicky and we tried everything (usually to no avail). I think even if you can't stop the screaming, it is still helpful to them that you are trying. We spent a LOT of time with him swaddled in our lap, bouncing on an exercise ball and sometimes running the vacuum cleaner would make his stop screaming (though I felt like i was giving him shock therapy or something). we later found a CD with a vacuum cleaner sound track and would play it on repeat when needed. all other suggestions were good too. At this age, my opinion is that you should still be doing everything you can think of to soothe them, but don't feel bad about yourself if the things you try don't seem to work. He knows you are there for him.

Lisa - posted on 11/24/2008

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Our 10 week old daughter does the same thing. No matter how hard she's crying, she always stops as soon as we put her in the tub for a bath, right before her 9:00 pm feeding. Another thing that she loves is when my husband plays with her on her playmat that lights up. She does have gas and when it gets bad, she's pretty good with mylicon drops and rubbing her belly.

Stacy - posted on 11/23/2008

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My first was severely colicky . . . well past 9pm at night I was wearing a path in the floors of my house. He did not like being rocked in a rocking chair but absolutely loved being bounced on one of those yoga balls (exercise balls). Yeah, that was a God-send! And I found that over-feeding would make it worse . . . not to complicate what others are telling you but a schedule of feedings actually helped my son . . . not too strict but not feeding every 30 minutes . . . he would throw it up.

And make sure you are talking with your pediatrician and have a support system of some sort, family or whomever . . .

This too shall pass. :)

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Sounds like colic..Try the five s's by Harvey Karp. The happiest baby on the block. I swear it helps.. swaddling, shusing, sucking, shaking ( swaying) ans side laying. It really helped. Watch the DVD..It really helpes us get through the first few months.

Erin - posted on 11/21/2008

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I also have a fussy baby(2 mo) mostly at the end of the day. Overstimulation is a big factor. Babies are just not adept to process all the action from the day. That is why the white noise that vacuums, sound machines or other things create can help them tune it all out and fall asleep. My baby cries when he is tired and also when he is gassy. I have found that although it is just a baby communicating that they don't feel great, there are some things you can do to help. I have made it a part of our routine to take or give my baby a bath. I don't need to use cleanser every day but simply put some calendula or lavender in the water so it helps calm & soothe him. This is also something that will help your baby recognize bed or quiet time. I like to take a bath with him sometimes and breast feed(if that is how you're nursing) in the warm water. He finds it very soothing. When my baby is fussy or borderline inconsolable, this is my check list(some of these are I'm sure- obvious to you): check diaper, feed, hold him close while rocking or slow dancing, play soft lullaby music, walk him(in a carrier or sling), sing or hum, use "shhh" in his ear while rocking(another white noise), turn the lights low(less stimulation), "gripe water"(if i think it is gas pains or intestinal discomfort)or lying him on his back with bent legs & rocking his knees toward his chest & back & forth(helps push out the bubbles), swaddling... I's say, one really important thing to remember is to listen to yourself. You & your baby are establishing communication that no one else can compare to. You will sense what he needs and may have to try a few things before getting there. Don't move too quickly- too much too fast will only aggravate your baby. Take it slow and breathe deep. Make sure you take care of yourself(& your sanity) first so you have the patience to help your little one. Trust your intuition. You're doing great, I'm sure.

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Can you clarify what's going on during this period of time? Do you mean that you are scheduling his feedings and he is only eating at 6 PM and again at 9 PM, or are you also feeding in between those times? How old is the baby?

Medical professionals agree that scheduling feedings isn't a good idea and babies should be fed on demand whether they are breast- or bottle-fed. If your baby is breastfed, this is especially important as scheduling feedings has been linked to failure to thrive, poor weight gain, and insufficient milk production.

If you *are* feeding during this period of time and your baby cries anyway, it could be "colic". One of my twins was "colick-y" until she was about 12 weeks old and would cry every night from 5:00 to 9:00 PM whether I was holding her, singing to her, nursing her, bathing her... always! And then at about three months of age she simply outgrew it!

Good luck!

Mel - posted on 11/21/2008

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i found if my daughter was like that she had gas so i would give her a couple drops of oval and she would usually just fall right to sleep

Carrie - posted on 11/21/2008

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My son used to do this and I, like many other mom's, just fed him. He eats every 4-4 1/2 hours during the day and his nighttime feedings are about 2-2 1/2 hours apart. It's a little crazy, but it works and he also sleeps 8 1/2 to 9 hours at night. Good luck and hang in there.

User - posted on 11/21/2008

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My daughter was like that when she was first born. How old is your baby?? If its still just a few months old what I used to do was warm up a blanket and swaddle her really tight sometimes it just cramps. Once I did that with the warm blanket it calmed her or what the hospital showed me was to just wrap it around her belly then swaddle her with another blanket. Hope this helps!

Gina - posted on 11/21/2008

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I experienced the same thing. My baby would stop crying when I ran the vacum. I would leave the vacum on untill he feel asleep. Good Luck. It will get better.

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My husband I used to hum in a really deep note while baby would lay on our chest. It helped alot. I tried everything to quiet our little one.

Jennifer - posted on 11/21/2008

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I think that as long as he is having healthy poops and wets, then it is colic. My son did this, but it was because his stomach was hurting from the formula I was using. I eventually had to go to soy milk. Good luck, and do everything you can to make him happier.

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My daughter was like that too. What really helped was swaddling her tightly in a blanket, so she felt safe. We also used white noise, like a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer. A pacifier can really be helpful for the first 6 months!

User - posted on 11/21/2008

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Colic would be present through out the day as well as the night ... i'm kind of thinking not your problem

User - posted on 11/21/2008

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I hear you. You might find (as i did) that as the last lady said you need to feed him. My little girl feed hourly from 4pm till 10 pm and then would sleep through the night till 7am. It is called 'stack feeding' , some babies do it naturally so they can store enough milk to get though a big sleep. Another thought is you may want to consider comp feeding where by, you breast feed first them, then top them up with either stored breast milk or formula. As long as your relaxed and not stressed at the end of the day they just want to be as close to you as they can. Keep up the good work.....

Jennifer - posted on 11/21/2008

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Sounds like colic. My first son was really bad. He'd scream every night from about 6 until about 11. There was nothing that I could do for him to make him happy, with one exception. I had to hold him on my lap on his stomach and rub his back and pat his little bum. I also had to 'play airplane' with him, gently rocking him in the air. Other than that, just know that this too shall pass and that it isn't your fault. I hope this helps a little.

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I agree it sounds like colic..eventually he will grow out of it..and letting him cry a little won't hurt him it helps them develop stronger lungs ( or so i've heard)

Lindsay - posted on 11/21/2008

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Have you tried feeding him? Babies (especially really little ones) don't do very well on a schedule. My babe is 5.5 mos and he still needs to eat every2 hours, often more. Sometimes he wants to eat every 30 min or so for several hours. It's called cluster feeding, and if he wants to do this in the late afternoon/early evening, it's great, cause it means he'll usually sleep longer that night. He's exclusivelyt BF'd though, so I'm not sure if it works the same if you're formula feeding... I'd still try feeding him though, that's always the first thing I try if he's upset, cause it's the easiest! Then if he's not hungry, I go through the list of things that could be bugging him. Lots of times he just wants to be held and carried. Try a good baby carrier, like a moby wrap or a sling. That way he's happy, and you can have a hand or two free to get stuff done, or read a book, or whatever.

Rachael - posted on 11/21/2008

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how old is he? It could be colic....alot of times if its a certain time every night,then it could be colic,you could try gas drops for babys,or put him over your legs and bounce him while patting his back,also if he is really little swaddle him and just hold him close or you can try a warm bath. my last baby was colicy its very hard and there is not many things that will help but sometimes these things can help some.:) hope this helps!!!

Mahaela - posted on 11/21/2008

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does your baby like having a bath ..if so then try givin them a massage after a bath between that time ...or seeing that its between feeds maybe baby has bit of stuck wind..if you goin to do the massage then make sure you look it up how to do it properly as you have be carefull were to massage a baby but i have heard it does relax them lovely x

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