HELP!!! 4 Month old baby wont sleep and screams all the time !!!!!

Lauren - posted on 02/22/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old baby girl wont sleep. She Sleeps for no more than 10 minutes at a time throughout the day, and wakes twice every hour through the night. She screams most of tghe day too. She has severe reflux and is on prescription medicaton 4 times a day, the doctor also put her on solids to help keep the food down. I end up giving her a fose of panadol and maybe 3 doses of mylanta daily because she's just screaming like she's in pain. We seem to be at the doctors weekly too. I have tried everything. Soothing music, musical toys, extra feeds, patting her bum, letting her cry it out, but nothing has worked and every night gets a bit worse. She doesn't even stop crying when i pick her up, and she gets hysterical. I'm absolutly at my wits end and have no idea what is wrong with her.

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Michelle - posted on 05/11/2012

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acid reflux can turn into cancer if it keeps it up in the throat. Some kinds of milk can make acid reflux worse. The medication you have your child on could be causing her to scream more. Alot of medicines has side effects that drs don't tell you about. This may be the reason why she is screaming. She's hurting inside. I have a suggestion , your baby is 4 months old, try giving her some soverign silver. soverign silver is a natural medicine. It has cured many things, Acid reflux is one of them. People back in the 1800's used this medication. There are alot of medication that you can use and it will not treat what it is supposed to be for, it sometimes cause more problems. This medication you are giving your child could be making her stomach upset, turning inside out and she's screaming aloud because of it.soverign silver doesn't have any side effects at all. I've givin it to my son at 3 months old for a cold.look up soverign silve (colidal silver) of what is has cured.People use it everyday to treat themselves with and some just use it to keep their immune system up. Your daughter is screaming a crying more than likely because this medication you're giving is causing something else. In my opinion, I would get her off of it completely and give her soverign silver and look up about homeopathics for the acid reflux too. Homeopathics is safe for infants and you can get put a pill in the mouth and it disolves. Go on ...I Herb.com . YOu can get alot of homeopathic medicines on there and soverign silver as well. I pray for the best for your daughter.

Kris - posted on 05/08/2012

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I'm right there with you . Although a few years later . My baby girl is 3 months old and the acid reflux started at 3 weeks , she is in pervecil 2 times a day and formula with out cows milk protein .
She still wont sleep durring the day if she does its for 10 min, She screams all the time.

What did you end up finding helped ?

Jen - posted on 02/24/2009

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A baby swing! worked a charm with my 4, switch it on and let them swing away! my youngest has bad reflux to, but he loves his swing so much, a real god send!

Jodi - posted on 02/22/2009

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Wow, I'd definitely get a second opinion also, are you demand feeding? Demand feeding's usually the best method rather than structured routine, talk to an independant midwife if you can as doctors can usually (although not all the time), take too much of a pathological route rather than a tailored, and it sounds like a tailored method may be what you need. Have you tried baby massage? Using a lavendar scented almond or olive oil and a colic massage after a nighttime bath can help, as well as sleeping on an angle like in a bouncer or propped bassinet/cot. Remember too; babies probably won't sleep through the night for a while, night time sleeping isn't actually natural to humans; we run on a 26 hour diurnal rhythm when left to ourselves, and that's usually on catnaps, so what we are doing is training our children to sleep at night. Don't expect her to wake less than three-five times during the night so if you can, get some rest during the day when she is sleeping and leave the housework to family that can help/partners. You're doing brilliant mate, keep putting one foot in front of the other and you'll get there!

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2009

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My son is 7 months old and still wakes up twice a night too. He wont sleep at all at day care either. One way i got him to go to sleep was give him somthing heavy before he goes to bed like mash potatoes and not the baby food but actual potatoes and then i give him a lavendar bath. I use lavendar gel oil after his bath and it seems to sooth and calm him and if need be i give him a bottle. After that he usually sleeps through the night.

Brenda - posted on 02/22/2009

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The only thing I can say is i agree with the first comment.. maybe a second opinion would be good! Also.. my son used to sleep for 10 minutes at a time. We started swaddling him up real tight and it helped some! Good luck! Really try a second opinion.. it wouldnt hurt!

Diane - posted on 02/22/2009

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They say refusing food is a sign of teething. My sisters son got his 1st tooth @ 5months old. So that's prob why your little one is upset ;(

Lauren - posted on 02/22/2009

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Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming. She's bottle fed and she refuses to feed most of the day, and she keeps losing weight.

Diane - posted on 02/22/2009

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O yea, now my daughter is 4.5 months old, and I believe she is starting to teeth. She shows all the signs of teething. The only issue I have with her now, is that if I bring her to other peoples house and she sees new people she screams b/c she's frightened b.c she is now aware of where she is and who is around her and she's not familiar.

Diane - posted on 02/22/2009

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I had a problem with when my daughter was 2 months old. She would constantly scream all the time. There were times I would have to walk out on my husband and sleep in the car. I read this book called "Healthy sleep habits, happy child". I swear by this. It was impossible to read since she was always up crying, but I got through the book. Here's whats most important. The book says NO child should be up more than 2 hours at a time. After an hour and a half start to put them to sleep. Make sure its before the 2 hour period, b/c then they become overtired. Ever since I've done this my daughter I swear, is an angel. She makes me want many more children. She was probably over tired as maybe your daughter is. If that doesn't work after a few days. Maybe she is colic, sometimes colic can last a lot longer than you think.

Carrie - posted on 02/22/2009

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i know it sounds crazy but when she is crying try turning on the vacum it distracted my daughter enough that i could sooth her to sleep

Leron - posted on 02/22/2009

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My husbands grandma told me to swaddle our little one like when he was born. It helped make him feel comforted. Good luck!

Lyndsey - posted on 02/22/2009

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Hey oh i feel so sorry for you, i was really lucky with my son as he slept through the night from when he was 6 weeks old. Does she sleep with you or in her own room? i found jack slept better in his own room and so did i does she have a dummy? that helps to sooth my son but he only has it when he is sleepy so he associates it with sleep. I think going to another doctor and getting a different opinion on things is a good idea. My son has extra hungry baby milk before he goes to bed which keeps him satisfied through the night, if your starting to wean i would give him his baby rice or food as he got older and give him milk after to make sure he is satisfied she may be hungry still? She could at this point be over tired and not be able to sleep if you drive take her out for a little drive to sooth her to sleep. If she is starting to teeth i would recomend the powders which are much better than gel you can get them from boots and calpol always in stock lol. There is always things like infacol or gripe water you can try or just some boiled cooled water to see if that will bring up wind. My friend uses gaviscon which seems to work. Hope these ideas help, im sure it will get better just make sure you have time to yourself too as it can be unbareable sometimes well take care x

Ashley - posted on 02/22/2009

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i just ordered something called the nap nanny and it's supposed to help with acid reflux. are you sure that's what it is. my son was doing the same thing and i propped up one end of his bassinet and switched formula and he's been doing great. i think you should get a second opinion. another thing my sons doctor told me to do was take a video on your cell phone(if you have a camera phone) and show it to the pediatrician and they will more than likely be able to diagnose the problem.:) good luck i know what it's like to have a fussy baby

Jessica - posted on 02/22/2009

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Hey! Ok, so my son had the same thing, and in addition to giving him the meds, I would elevate the head of his bed, so he would be almost sitting up, or I would let him sleep in the bouncer, because laying down makes it hurt more for them. Try getting yourself comfy on the couch or something when its her bedtime, and letting her sleep on you, sitting up. Then when she falls asleep (I mean when she is limp because she is in such a deep sleep) put her in the bouncer, strap her in, and keep the bouncer by your bed. It helped my son a ton. may help with her pain and crying. Can also try giving her a few Teething Tablets, you can get them at walmart, they have chamomile in them and it helps to relax the little ones and can ease her pain as well. Solids dont always help GERD. I would try consulting another doc as well. doesnt hurt to get a second opinion when it comes to your baby. good luck girl!

Julie - posted on 02/22/2009

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Does she have colic? That can make them scream uncontrollably. Try to swaddle her very tight and ask you doctor if he thinks it could be colic. If so ask about a chiropractor they work wonders for children with colic

Michelle - posted on 02/22/2009

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It sounds like she might be severely sleep deprived. When they are overtired like that they can't sleep well (which sounds totally backwards I know)! It could also be that she's not getting enough to eat. It also sounds like she may be in a significant amount of pain if she is still screaming when you pick her up. It sounds like another trip to the doctor might be in order. I agree with a previous poster, that your current doctor doesn't seem to be helping matters, to try a new one for a second opinion.

Tiffany - posted on 02/22/2009

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When my baby was super fussy and screamed at night like that we gave him peppermint water, we used about 8 ozs of water with a drop of peppermint oil and about a teaspoon and a half of sugar. This always seemed to help. And we dabbed a little of the oil on his shirt collar too.

User - posted on 02/22/2009

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I have the same problem during the day, my little boy (2monhts) just wont sleep, i have to force him to sleep, luckily at night time he sleeps and only wakes when he needs to drink. ( I bottle feed him - Infasoy)



But i get so frustrated during the day when he just wont sleep, if i force him to sleep he will do so in my arms but oh i must not dare try to lay him down then its all over.



Shouldn't this "colic" stop at around 3 months????

Margaret - posted on 02/22/2009

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Is she drooling a lot? Nothing comforts her? I just found out my almost 3month old girl is teething. It also might be the meds. she is taking....she is just a little thing remember. Somethimes meds don't agree with you.The prescription drugs may make her feel worse...remember EVERY med. has a side effect. I agree with Nicole you may need to find a new doctor if they aren't helping you solve the problem.

Tammara - posted on 02/22/2009

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Sounds familiar for most moms I'm sure - have you tried Buscopan/Buscupan (cant remember the spelling)? My son had terrible reflux - he had to grow out of that one on his own although winds played a big role. Buscopan was my knight in shining armour... winds are out almost as soon as they have swallowed and it soothes the pain. If not for that I would have lost my mind.... If u try it - hope it works!

Jowan - posted on 02/22/2009

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YOU POOR THING SOUNDS LIKE UR BABY IS NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO NEEDS A GOODS NIGHT SLEEP, MY SON HAS ALWAYS FOUND ME READING TO HIM RELAXING AND A BATH BEFORE BED ALWAYS HELPS. ALSO HAVE U TRYED MEDISED IT HELPS WIV RESTLESS SLEEPING, EASES BREATHING, PAIN AND FEVERS U CAN MIX THIS WIV HER MILK. YOU CAN BUY IT FROM MOST SHOPS TESCO,BOOTS ITS ABOUT £3 FOR A 100ML BOTTLE. I HOPE THIS HELPS TAKE CARE OF URSELF TOO.

Jodi - posted on 02/22/2009

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Solids probably won't help with reflux; if she's throwing them up then she's not ready for them, whether or not the doctor recommends them. My midwife recommended making sure my daughter had burped properly to stop spills, a formula top up at night for a full tummy and (an odd one, but it actually worked) propping the top of her cot up so she slept at an angle or sleeping her in a rocker. Apparently this stops the stomach acids coming up through the undeveloped sphincter at the top of their stomach. Also, a cot rocker or a swing could help to settle, even somebody else walking her for a while (also helps you get a break ;D). A break would probably be a good idea really, cos if you're tense she'll sense it. Just relax and remember; you're doing a brilliant job! I know how you feel dude, until I tried a few of the above my daughter gave me less than two hours sleep a day. Good luck, you'll get there.

Rachael - posted on 02/22/2009

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i don't know if you are breast feeding but with my son when i eat or drank sumthing eg coffee, i struggled to get him down. my milk had a bit of a caffeine kick, i hope that helps

Rachael - posted on 02/22/2009

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have u tried the lavender johnson products,my son had sum reflux and i gav him gaviscon powder in with his milk it helped a little or have u tried the dr brown bottles i know for a fact that they work because one of my friends is using it for her son. plaese try.

Nicola - posted on 02/22/2009

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Sounds like you need a new doctor first if they are not doing anything that is really helping. So she is on solids right? Maybe she isn't getting enough food? Thats a tough one. I had trouble with my son not sleeping but it was just down to not getting enough from my breast milk so I put him on formula at night so he would sleep. I worked!

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