help! problems with 6 week old

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 6 week old has been crying all day, the only thing that seems to calm her down is giving her a bottle - she even spits out her soother. She has eaten triple the amount she usually does in the last 3 hours and then thrown up twice, but still screams for more. I'm at my wits end...any ideas on what might be wrong?

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Cheyenne - posted on 02/07/2009

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My 3 week old was doing the same thing and i did the same thing you did. I Kept giving her more milk and then realized that it wasn't helping if anything it was making things worse. So I finally tried some gripe water and within 10 minutes she calmed right down and went to sleep. I realized then that it was gas pain. So i would suggest trying gripe water when your baby is like that. I have also heard that Oval works good too.

Melissa - posted on 02/05/2009

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We just went through the EXACT same thing....our son is 7 weeks old and he seemed to be inconsolable at times. We knew it wasn't colic or excessive gas (something for you to consider) b/c he was content at times and didn't cry constantly. The major issue was he wasn't sleeping and was eating too much (spitting up way more than usual b/c we were over-feeding b/c we didn't know what else to do...he seemed hungry!) However, we concluded (with the help of book "Healthy Sleeping Habits..." by Dr. Weissbluth) that he was sleep deprived....not getting near enough sleep on a daily basis. Infants younger than 8 months should have only 2 hours of wakefulness before needing to sleep again. Our little guy was staying up all day (and was typically happy, so we weren't concerned and didn't know that he should be sleeping more), maybe napping 30 minutes or an hour in his swing or crib during the day. We also subscribed to the idea (incorrectly) that if he slept less during the day, he would sleep more at night. This wasn't happening, but again, b/c he seemed happy during the day when he was awake we weren't concerned. However, this pattern of not sleeping much finally caught up with him and us! The past few days have been horrible! But he finally slept last night! He was sooooo tired that he couldn't sleep! He was exhausted and would fall asleep many times, but would stir/twitch/flail/cry and awake easily. We were considering let him "Cry it out", something Dr. Weissbluth terms "extinction", until he finally stayed asleep. We didn't need to do that...finally after being awake for almost 24 hours he slept the entire night (with one hour awake to eat) and is still sleeping now at 8:30 a.m. So, your daughter may be sleep deprived. Hope this helps!

Samantha - posted on 01/21/2009

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she might have a tummy ache cuz she's getting too much but doesn't know that she's full...try giving her more at every feeding but less often...burp really good often and see if she'll take more at a time. the gas drops work wonderfully too!! i had the same problem with my baby

Esther - posted on 01/21/2009

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I have a 4 week old girl that does the same thing. But with her i realised that she does this when she wants to pass gas or have a bowel movement. Sometimes it's not that she may want more it may be that she wants the comfort. Do u breastfeed at all?

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It could also be a growth spurt.  My 5 month old had colic til he was 3 and a half months.  He was very gassy and I found walking and constantly bouncing him helped get the bubbles up.  Also the anti-gas relief drops helped but try all of the different ones as thet are slightly different. Oval didn't work but I found another kind that was like magic!

Rebecca - posted on 01/20/2009

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My infant massage consultant told me about the "5 S's" that are supposed to help any fussy baby.  1) Swaddling 2) Sucking 3) Shhhhhhhing 4) Swaying 5) Side hold (the hold that Christy was talking about -your hand should support them in between their legs and their head should rest face down and to the side ( by the crease in your elbow).  You can try one at a time or a combination of any/all of them.  My son always responded to the side hold.



But if you feel there is something wrong, trust your gut instinct and go to the doctor.  You're the expert on your child and know when something's not right.



 

Rebecca - posted on 01/20/2009

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My infant massage consultant told me about the "5 S's" that are supposed to help any fussy baby.  1) Swaddling 2) Sucking 3) Shhhhhhhing 4) Swaying 5) Side hold (the hold that Christy was talking about -your hand should support them in between their legs and their head should rest face down and to the side ( by the crease in your elbow).  You can try one at a time or a combination of any/all of them.  My son always responded to the side hold.



But if you feel there is something wrong, trust your gut instinct and go to the doctor.  You're the expert on your child and know when something's not right.



 

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Yeah, that does sound like gas.  You could also try gripe water, my son loved it.  My son had a day like that when he was about that age, I took him to the clinic right away and they diagnosed it as colic, but when I did a follow up appointment, they said it was acid reflux.  As a first time mom, I realized I was giving him too much, way too fast.  SInce then, if he is having a bottle, we take lots of breaks, (even though he cries) and burp often.  Their stomachs are really tiny at this age and they only need so much. At the time  I thought that he wanted a bottle too, because it was the only thing that would calm him down, now I know that I was making his tummy even more uncomfortable. 

Christy - posted on 01/20/2009

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I'm not an expert by any means, but it sounds like gas to me. Try the "gas hold". Lay her face down across your forearm so that there is slight pressure on her belly. My baby (who is 5 months old now) had terrible gas pains around the same age. My doctor told us to use Mylicon. I would consult your doc before you just give it to her, but it says its safe for the youngest of newborns. If the "gas hold" doesn't work there are lots of other tips for gas pains available. Hope this helps!

Amy - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi there,



How many ml's are you giving here, my daughter was the same and i just gave her more milk but tried to space it out a tad...other docters say put Farex in with their milk and that will fill them up a lil more and keep them contented.



 

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