What is going on with my son?

LeeAnn - posted on 05/24/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son used to be so mellow, I could set him down to play and go shower, do the dished, whatever, but now it seems like I can't even go brush my teeth without him fussing and then crying. Some people say to let them cry, some say if they're crying they need to be held, he's 5 months old, does he need more naps or more.... something? I'm losing my mind trying to figure out where my calm baby went!!!

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Heather - posted on 05/25/2010

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Like Amy, I often play peekaboo w/my little girl when she has those moments. If I think it's her teeth, I give her a teether and go back to what I was doing. When it's not that, it's usually some separation anxiety, and I just keep popping in to reassure here I'm still in the area, and eventually she calms down. It's hard sometimes to let them cry, but if there's nothing definitively wrong (they aren't hungry, tired, or messy/wet), you kind of have to let them figure out on their own that they are okay alone.
Good luck!

Amy - posted on 05/24/2010

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BREATH!!! Your calm baby will come back. it sounds like separation anxiety to me. But as Liz said it could be a variety of things. My son started that at around 4 months and just about a month ago got through it. He just turned 1 last week. I found that when I did leave the room if I kept talking to him or invited him to come with me, he could crawl... he was fine. I also played peek a boo with him around the corners so he learned that I would come back. I don't know if that will help or not...Cuddles also helped, a little extra in the day helped as well. Good luck! Know that this too shall pass!

Desirae - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son is doing the same thing! Everytime I sit him down all I hear is him whining....momma momma momma. Lol. It's very frustrating. Honestly sometimes you just have to let him cry. You don't want him thinking you are on call 24-7.

Mandie - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter is 5 months old too and she has been doing this for about a week now. I suspect teething - she has all the signs and definitely feels better when she has something to bite on. But she is also very clingy to me. I have been trying to give her more attention by way of other people, with myself in sight. It took her a bit of getting used to, but she seems okay with it unless she is really tired, then she just wants Mommy. I would suggest, if you don't have it already, getting your son more company from another person regularly.

Shannon - posted on 05/24/2010

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It is completley normal. He is having a bit of seperation anxiety. All children go through it. Some children go though it for a short while, while others seem to get stuck in it for a long time. I hope your little one is not gonna put you through it for long, but from what you said about he used to play well by himself, it will probably pass sooner then later.

Liz - posted on 05/24/2010

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Are you nursing or bottle feeding? He may be needing more to eat, so if you're bottle feeding you might want to try increasing the amount. Or, you could try starting solids if you haven't yet. He might also be teething - even though there might not be any physical signs of the teeth, they still move a lot under the gums before popping through. He could also just be going through a clingy phase. Or he could even be sick. Maybe he has an ear infection or he's getting a cold.

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