My 7 month old is really fussy

Bronwyn - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old baby is really fussy, and most days he just doesnt want to settle. I spend all day every day trying to calm him down, and he only has two 1/2 sleeps during the day. He doesnt sit and play for very long before screaming and arching his back. I am convinced that something is worrying him, but two doctors have told me that he is 100% healthy.

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Kelly - posted on 08/21/2009

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Your son sounds like the way my son used to be. He didn't have a very long attention span when it came to playing with toys and other things and he still doesn't (he's three now). The doctor told me the same thing that he's healthy but obviously he just needed to be challenged even at an early age. Is there something that he really loves doing? I know my son always loved taking baths and playing in the water so if that meant he was in the tub (or sink) five times a day then that's what I did.



Also too, 7 months teething is pretty heavy at this point so that could be a lot of the screaming and settling issues. Even if he has some teeth at this point teething is a pretty ongoing thing and I know for my son once all his teeth broke through that's when he really settled because he didn't have that itchy agonizing gum thing going on.



I walked a lot with my son too, and now my daughter is the same way so I pack them up and walk around my community, make little stops and pick up a coffee, and just walk slowly back home and they always loved that and it kept him settled as he enjoyed the fresh air. At this point it's just a matter of trial and error...I did everything I could think of to find something that kept his attention and when I found something I did it constantly. Hope this helps!

Jael - posted on 08/21/2009

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Just let him fuss. He has to learn that he doesn't get his way by crying. I do daycare and i have a 10 month old the same way n its because she is cries n her parents cater to her. and if after a few weeks he doesn't stop he may have some neurological issues.

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Brandi - posted on 08/21/2009

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My 16 month old has always had problems with having gas no matter what I feed him especially at night,he cries and arches his back to try to relieve his tummy pains so that may be it.I have to give him Mylicon gas relief drops after every meal and bottle.He was also very fussy while he was teething so I used a infant "toothbrush",the little rubber ones you slip on your finger and used it to massage his gums.

Kelly - posted on 08/21/2009

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Quoting Jael:

Just let him fuss. He has to learn that he doesn't get his way by crying. I do daycare and i have a 10 month old the same way n its because she is cries n her parents cater to her. and if after a few weeks he doesn't stop he may have some neurological issues.



I agree with letting him fuss too because you are right, babies learn very quickly that if they cry their mom or dad will pick them up and fuss over them and/or give them whatever they want and that does lead to a very fussy baby because they are "spoiled" that way...but I'm not sure I would go so far as to say they may have neurological issues especially since she's already had the baby to the doctor to check him. 

Brooke - posted on 08/21/2009

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Have you checked him for allergies? My son has been fussy since he was born, but we found out it is due to stomach issues. He can't have anything that has dairy or soy. Look into what he is eating. Also try to feel his stomach and see if it's kinda hard. The Dr.s always told me he was just fussy, I had to push really hard and see a few different Dr.s to find out what was wrong. You have a mothers instinct for a reason, if you think there is something wrong...there probably is. Good luck, I know it's hard... and very tiring.

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