Soothe my crying baby

Luci - posted on 01/17/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I am a first time mother and my baby is 1 month today. Lately she has been super fussy and I simply do not know what to do for her. She does not fit the criteria for colic. We have resorted to letting her cry herself to sleep because holding and rocking is not working. Is 1 month too young to let her "cry it out"? She is formula fed and already taking 5 oz at a feeding, is it possible she is still hungry? I am worried that if this doesn't let up she and I will not be able to enjoy our first few months together. Please help!


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Dove - posted on 01/17/2013




Setting her down for a few minutes to catch your breath and regain your composure is fine, but please don't just leave her to cry and cry. She is crying because something is wrong and even if you can't figure out a way to 'fix' it... holding her will let her know that you are still there and won't be going anywhere. She needs that.

Cecilia - posted on 01/17/2013




5 oz is a lot for her age. how much does she weigh? I'm wondering if she is being over fed and its hurting her tummy. Is she burping okay for you? Is she farting? You can try gas drops and see if that helps relieve some tummy pressure.

Beyond gas i can think of 3 things it might be.
#1- lactose intolerant- try switching to soy milk. It might take a week for this to show a change.

#2 protein intolerant.-Alimentum by similac would help with this

#3 heartburn ( yep babies get this sometimes. ) does she cry more when laid down flat? If so it might be worth looking into. The doctor can give medication for it.

Sometimes there is no answer.

As far as is she too young to be left alone. Well for long periods of times, yes. Don't feel bad about setting her down and letting yourself have a break. It's hard to deal with a baby you can't calm.

Have you only tried to rock her? if so try walking around with her, bouncing her, If it is gas a trick i used was to put their tummy right on my shoulder and letting the pressure of hanging around up there push gas out. have you tried to swaddle her like they do in hospitals?

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