Someone please help im going to lose my sanity

Megan - posted on 05/27/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Okay so my daughter Aundrea will be six weeks tommorrow. She is eating almost six ounces every feeding is that normal? And also she has not been wanting to sleep the last couple days she has been up screaming half the night. and refuses to go to sleep. We thought it was colic so we got her some symethicone drops that are supposed to help relieve gas and colic. And now just recently she AGAIN is not wanting to sleep today she was only asleep for like an hour through out the day i know she has to be tired but is not wanting to sleep every time we lay her down in her bed her eyes just shoot right back open and now again will not sleep. idk what else to do this is my first child and i feel like im just doing everything wrong like nothin i do is right how can i fix this???? any advice would help ill take anything now. Also at what age did you start feeding your baby rice?

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Shauntell - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter went through that about 1 month old... Everything was fine, she just wanted to be held while she slept... I spend many nights sleeping in the rocking chair while she slept on my chest. Don't worry momma, it will get better! Hang in there!

Sky - posted on 05/27/2010

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will she stay asleep if you just hold her? Our first daughter went through a stage at about 2 months where she would only sleep being held... so i held her in bed, i held her in the rocking chair, i held her in a sling while i did dishes.... basicly held her all the time. or if i simply could not hold her i put her in her swing and this sometimes worked.

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Nichole - posted on 06/19/2010

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I hs ad and have that same problem with my son. He is 7 months old and still is very hard to put him sleep. I feel that he thinks he is going to miss out of something if he shuts his eyes. He only sleeps for about 30 minutes a day and was waking up like 3 or 4 times during the night driving me insane cause he would just cry and cry then finally I would get him to sleep but him in his bed then his eyes would open and he would be awake once again. I dont think there is a way to fix this. I think it just happens. my son now sleeps for like an hour and a half each day and like clock work he falls asleep at 8:30 every night. He still wakes up at least once but I feed him and he is off to sleep once again. And about the colic drops I found one that was awesome I forgot the name though it is sold at walgreens and its a dark blue bottle I gave that to my son and it seemed to work. And to tell you the truth I get a lot of my adive from my mother and we gave my son rice at I believe it was 2 months not a lot and not all the time. Its hard cause the doctors say no but my mother and most women my mothers age said they were giving rice like a couple weeks after they were born. I think they do it because of the weight thing, but my son is not heavy at all.

Kate - posted on 06/19/2010

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When I was pregnant I was told by numerous nurses etc that babies go through periods where they become unsettled and that 6 weeks of age is a really common age for babies to become really unsettled for no apparent reason. If you have ruled out any other medical causes it may just be one of those things. My daughter was b/f so I don't know how much she got at each feed but I did have nights where I would be feeding her again after an hour or less and she would feed like she was starving. We also had many nights around that age where she would wake up at 3am (after waking regularly through the night as well) and then scream her way to at least 7am no matter what we did she would not sleep. I distinctly remember feeling completely helpless and like a terrible mother because I really didn't know what to do. Be reassured none of us really know what we are doing lol and for me these draining nights that pushed me to the brink did pass and whilst it felt like forever at the time it didn't take too long. You are doing an awesome job and things will improve, if you are concerned though always take your little one to the doctor to double check there is no underlying concerns : ) Hang in there, it's all worth it!

Tara - posted on 06/19/2010

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sounds to me like she is in a growth spurt eating extra whiny not sleeping and change in habit all signs of a growth spurt i started my first son on rice cereal super thin at 3 weeks and my second son was eating baked potato at 3 months everyone will tell u different and good points and bad about feeding early so just do what u think is working for your kid. and as for sleeping swings are blessings for cranky babies or if you need sleep and nothing but holding is working then you just curl up together some babies just need held alot

Sheryl - posted on 06/18/2010

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she is just growing some babies eat more then others. she may need rice in all of her bottles. or it may just be that she is growing fast all kids eat more when they are growing.

Sheryl - posted on 06/18/2010

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i would check with your doc. sound like maybe acid reflex or maybe its upsetting you tummy. she may need soy fo. so i would really take her in to find out what going on.

Katie - posted on 06/18/2010

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Hello Megan,

Does your daughter spit up a good bit of her feeding after she eats? The reason why I ask this is because Amber was colicy as well but not because of gas. She was diagnosed as being sensative to cows milk protein. The protein in the milk that I was consuming (I was breast feeding) was giving her such a bad stomach ache that she tested positive for blood in her stool. She also developed GURD (acid reflux) because of this condition. Talk to your pediatrician and mention how fussy she is. They will most likely want to test her stool to see if she does have this condition. If your daughter is on formula, try switching her to soy formula to see if that helps. Please know that if this is the cause of her fussiness, it can take up to 2 weeks for the milk that is already in her system to be completely removed.

You can also try putting her in a baby swing in your bedroom. This did seem to help ease her discomfort. The swinging is very soothing to babies. It reminds them of being in the womb.

I completely understand where you are coming from. Amber would only sleep for maybe 4 hours a night (if we were lucky) and would only fall asleep if she was on my chest or in her swing. There were nights were I was crying my head off because Amber was crying and I didn't know how to stop it or comfort her. Please mention the fussiness to your pediatrician.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/28/2010

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I think if she drinking that much and keeping it down then obvoiusly she needs it my daughter was born 6lbs 2oz and I was told she was only supposed to have 16mls each feed but was drinking 50mls now she is 11 weeks and has been drinking 100mls each feed for a few months I was worried she wasnt getting enough but was told that they will only take what they need so I wouldnt be to concerned, my daughter did exactly the same thing for the first 7-8 weeks she always wanted to be held while going to sleep and when I put her down she would wake up and then would be so over tired she wouldnt sleep and would be awake for 3-4 hours straight in the night and eveytime I put her down she would cry, she eventually got over it she still like to be cuddled to fall asleep but I have now found if I put her down and pat her back/bottom gently she will drift back of to sleep hang in there things will get better.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/27/2010

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I would not worry about the baby over eating. She will stop when she is done. The one thing I learned when I had my first child is that different babies eat a different amount of food. The rice is a okay thing to do but she may just need a different formula. Introducing new foods too soon can cause an allergy. I would ask the doctor about the rice or things like that. Also both of my kids went through a stage of not sleeping at night so I chose to keep them up all day so that they did sleep at night unless I woke them to feed them. You need to remember she is still really young and will need a lot of feedings during the night and if she falls asleep during feedings wake her up and make sure she eats until she is full. Babies will sometimes fall asleep before they are full and then when they are even slightly moved they will wake up because they are still hungry. My first child did that for a long time. He would try to go to sleep while eating because it is relaxing but if I tried to move at all he would wake up very angry because he had not gotten full. I would try keeping her awake while she eats and give her the recommended amount of formula and make sure she finishes it before you try to get her to sleep. Eventually she will begin to stay awake while eating and become full before going to sleep. I hope that helps.

Megan - posted on 05/27/2010

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She took the rice just fine and it helped she only woke up once through the night she slept from eight forty five until five thirty the next morning it was such a relief, She had been in that kind of mood where she will only sleep when i hold her! i wonder if all babies go through that.....how do i know if im over feeding her? i mean she acts like she is starving sometimes so i give her a bottle and she slurps it right down like she hasn't eaten in a year even though she had just taken four ounces like an hour ago it makes me worried, as a first time mom i have no idea what im doing

Emily - posted on 05/27/2010

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what formula is she on? My 2 yr old was just like that. We had to put her on Gentlese by Enmeal. Try not feeding her so much too. Sometimes over feeding her can cause her to be fussy. you sound just like me.. with her. I was scaried. I think she knew I was upset, so it made her fussy. Just try to relax. It will get better. I gave her rice when she was 6 weeks old, but because she was so fussy... it never made her sleep through the night. It wasn't till she was almost a year old that she slept thru the night.

Kerri - posted on 05/27/2010

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My first daughter did this alot! She was up every 2 hours of the night and slept very little during the day! I figured out from my mom that when i was a baby if i could even move a finger i would wake right up. Soo we got a swaddler its like one of those sleep sacks with a wrap! We wrapped her up good and snug and she slept Almost all night it was the most wonderful thing ever! I used one on my 2nd child and she has slept through the night since 3 weeks! But we did not give rice cereal until 5 months they really dont NEED solids as they get all their nutrients from formula and breast milk. Alot of drs recommed you wait til 6 or even 8 months. Let us know what works for you child im very interested!

Alexandra - posted on 05/27/2010

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My son is 5 weeks and drinks 6-8 ounces per feeding. My mother taught me to put a large blanket or two around the edges of his crib or bassinet rolled up so he feels more secure. Doing that actually helped him sleep longer so he only wakes up once a night. Also it may help her feel like shes still with you if you place a night gow or shirt that youve already worn so it has your scent on it.

Megan - posted on 05/27/2010

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I have tried swaddling her rocking her singing warming the formula her pacifier idk what else to do

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Look up Dr. Harvey Karp and the five "S's." http://www.babyslumber.com/happiestbaby....
Moms with fussy newborns swear by this doctor's techniques. You can also find videos on youtube that show what he does. Do you swaddle her before laying her down? That might help. You're not doing anything wrong. This will pass. You should wait until 6 months to start solids. If you start them before their tummy is ready then you will cause more discomfort for them. Hang in there!

http://www.happiestbaby.com/

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