What do I do?? Screaming baby!!!

Amy - posted on 10/18/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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For the last week my son has been crying and screaming, and it is starting to drive me crazy! He just turned 4 months on the 10th. He screams really for no reason, I thought it was to cease by now. He is feed, diapered, not sleepy, i have played with him but he wont stop. I put him down, but he screams. I never had to hold him all the time untill lately... cause he screams bloody murder. I took him to the doctor they said he is fine...what next?? I slept for just four hour last night in 30 min inquirments. HELP!!!

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Kelly Louise - posted on 10/18/2009

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ah sweetie i can relate to that. i got kicked out of the bedroom because i didn't know what was happening with my eldest being the first i was new with everything turned out that i was starving him. i was drinking coke while breast feeding him :S didn't know but i find out take him out for walks . half an hour to start off with and just increase the times after a couple of weeks. that way he got something to focus on and you are out and about getting fit and a breather. he can cry as much as he wants and you are not confined in a small area. go to the park with a mag and ipod and relax. does get better.

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Valerie - posted on 10/18/2009

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For my own two kids I had damp wash clothes in the fridge (like 6-8 of them at a time to swap out!) Letting them chew on those seemed to help a lot with the teething along with the teething tablets. My son was the worst! Hope you can get some sleep soon!

Elise - posted on 10/18/2009

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My son slept in his swing for 3 months. But he slept all night in it! So try that :) If not, he may just be colicky. Crying for no reason. It will pass. You cannot spoil a newborn remember. You cannot hold him too much! So hold him as much as you'd like. Around 4 months is the time you want to hold them less so it doesn't become a habbit. But I agree also with checking for teeth too! Has he had any vaccines lately? That can cause crankiness also. Good luck! It will get better! :)

Susanne - posted on 10/18/2009

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We had a crier too and for what seemed like no reason. The only thing that worked was strapping him into his carseat to sleep at night. After about 6 months we got concerned that being in that position might start to to hurt his back but he seems fine now at 2 and he sleeps. Halleluia! Anyway, baby carseat and buckled him in.

Aniesha - posted on 10/18/2009

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He could be teething, my boy turned into a bit of a monster during that stage too. Try some homeopathic remedies, like Brauer's Teething Relief or Pain & Fever Relief. You can actually use the both of them together, & they have a real calming effect on bub. If it is teeth, try some slippery elm powder mixed with a little water til it's a gel, & rub it on his gums. Sometimes a bath might help to calm him down too.

And if you're totally stuffed, just let him sleep with you. You'll both probably feel better for it. Best of luck!

Alicia - posted on 10/18/2009

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Try taking a warm bath with him in the tub with you right before bed time. My son is the exact same way. I had to ask the dr for Levison to help my baby sleep cause he had so much gas in his stomach they finally diagnosed him as colic. Also try Mylicon on each feeding with him see if that helps.

Heather - posted on 10/18/2009

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My youngest also had colic and believe it or not, what worked for me was "catnip tea". I don't get into all those herbal things, but in this case, I was on my last nerve. You purchase the catnip tea (it looks just like regular tea bags), make a cup of it and then dilute. I poured 1/2 tea to 1/2 water. Just make sure to test the temp before giving it to your baby. It worked like a charm!! I actually woke up several times the first couple nights b/c I thought something was wrong. I hope this helps. Good luck to you. Hang in there!! I know, it's terrible!!

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swollen gums yeah ouch lol.. he maybe real frustrated with the pain, that he cant do much about himself.. try the tablets like the other moms said, also put a wet facecloth in the freezer for a while, my 1 yr old love that.. carrot from friidge, obviously be right there with him, holding him so he doenst get a big chunk lol.. and i also understand your frustration with the crying, i have put my son esp the second in the crib for a lil while if he wanted nothing from me.. gives him a chance to get it out and for me to calm down

Nicki - posted on 10/18/2009

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Try the teething tablets! They are all natural and you should be able to get them at any pharmacy. My daughter is not teething yet, but my friend uses them w/ her son and LOVES them!

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I completely feel for you! If you are alone in this, and you need a break now!!! As long as he's fed, diaper changed, and warm, doesn't have a fever, put him somewhere safe (crib, preferably somewhere he can't crawl out of if he can pick himself up) and walk outside! Just to have quiet for a sec! Because in that second, you can gather yourself. He will get tired very soon from crying. I promise. Afer your second, go back in and peek in the door just to check if he's ok. I know it will feel like you're abandoning him, but you're not! If nothing is truely wrong, he learned that if he cries, you WILL come in to pick him up! He will fall asleep, it will probably be 10 to 15mins tops before he falls asleep. Definately peek in on him, to keep makin sure he's ok, don't let him see you. I promise promise he will be ok. It worked for my daughter! Like I said, he learned that as soon as he cries, you will come running!!

Nicki - posted on 10/18/2009

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Try the teething tablets! They are all natural and you should be able to get them at any pharmacy. My daughter is not teething yet, but my friend uses them w/ her son and LOVES them!

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2009

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Do you have a partner or anyone to help you? My twins have been doing that and I stay up at night 12am - 6am, and my hubby or mom sometimes will take over for me starting at 6am and lets me sleep till noon. Harvy Karp "Happiest Baby on the Block" is also wonderful. I find it's easier to calm them and stay calm If I just have a few consecutive hours of sleep, Good luck.

Amy - posted on 10/18/2009

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I think teething may be it!! but i dont see anything, but his doctor said his gums looked swollen

Kyle - posted on 10/18/2009

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try to take him for a ride in the car, if he falls asleep then leave him in his car seat and let him sleep as long as he will. same with a bouncy chair or a swing, if he is comfortable enough to fall asleep in it then take advantage of the time and rest yourself. try swaddling or even lifting his legs against his chest to see if he has gas. if he is constipated try baby prunes, but not alot or you will get a whole lap full of poo! If he is drooling and teething try aletting him chew on a whole carrot. It is long enough he wont choke on it and strong enough he wont be able to bite it in half.

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he might be teething my oldest son started teething at 4 months and all he did was scream and i thought i was going to loose my mind. try letting him chew on a nukle so you can feel if there is any teeth coming in and if so i would go out and get a nibbler you can put hard veggtes and ice in it for him to chew on. also there are little teethere tablets that are all natural that work better than any orajel. i hope this helps.GOOD LUCK

Amanda - posted on 10/18/2009

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my last baby was like that no matter what i did he would cry and come to find out he had acid reflcts sorry about speling so we put him on differnt forular and that did it or are you breast feeding caue then it could be something you are eating. try putting a a heating pad on low and put it on his belly and see if that helps or try suger water 4 oz water and 1 and hafe tesp. of suger you can even try worm water if he dosent like it cold i hope one of thes ideas help you out!! good luck:)

Wendi - posted on 10/18/2009

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It could be the teething thing too. My first son was really hard all around with the colic and teething. He would cut 2 or 3 teeth at a time. If it is teething, try the teething tablets. I was told not to use orajel. They said it toughens the gums and makes it harder and more painful for the tooth to come in.

Laura - posted on 10/18/2009

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if you want to try peppermint make a weak peppermint tea (herbal) and give about 1/2 teaspoonful at a time (please let it cool!)

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I didn't have it as bad as you, but my son went through a phase where he was practically GLUED to me. Can anybody help you? Maybe your partner can take a turn at holding your son while you get some much needed sleep. What about a grandparent? Will some kind of co-sleeping work? My son did well if he was laying next to me in the bed (I put him on top of the blankets, I slept underneath), but I know co-sleeping isn't for everyone. Would a bassinet next to your bed help, if you could reach out and hold your son's hand? What about using a pacifier (it worked like a charm on my son)? Check with your doctor, but have you tried something like Tempra? It could be teething pain, even if there's no obvious signs of teeth yet. You really need a break for a few fours, just so you can think a little more clearly. Good luck, and hang in there. It will get better!

Wendi - posted on 10/18/2009

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I know he is a little old for it but maybe he has some form of colic. My oldest screamed like that (but he was younger) and it lasted for hours. Usually from 11pm to 7am for about 6 weeks. I thought I was going to go crazy. We tried mylicon drops and gripe water. They helped a little. My youngest had some colic early on and they told us to try biogai (sp) drops. They worked in a couple of days. A nurse even told me to put a piece of peppermint dissolve in water and give that to him.

Charmane - posted on 10/18/2009

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Could he be teething? My daughter's first teeth came at 3.5 months. She was cranky & drooling a lot (drool might be a sign). Is he gassy? (try gripe water - though my daughter didn't like it), or maybe some tempra (.25) might help. I really don't know, I'm a first time mom myself. :) Goodluck and stay strong!!

Laura - posted on 10/18/2009

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oh! you poor thing! Try Harvey Karp's book "Happiest Baby on the Block" Hold him, swaddle him tight, or try a swing. Can someone take him for a walk or a drive to give you a break! (maybe not tonight, but maybe tomorrow.). It is hard to calm the baby when you are so tired! If you sleep with him, be safe...mattress on the floor is best.

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