Baby Is Always Crying
(dublin city lreland)
My baby is 4 months old and since he was two days old he has been crying non stop. I have tried everything going from colic to cranial osteopaths; I am now thinking that he could have reflux, but am unsure as he can keep down bottles.
Have you any other suggestions for me, please help.
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I feel so much for you; you seem to be having a very tough time with your little son.
Have you been in contact with a good pediatrician? Don't settle with one that doesn't help you; find another one in that case!
It's not really possible for me to tell why your baby is crying so much. Obviously, he does sleep and eat, but I assume that you have noticed that he cries much more than other babies of his age. Colic
and reflux are two of the most common reasons why babies are very fussy
. Is he gaining weight as he should? When is he crying (before he eats, after, during his feeding, when he is trying to poop, pee etc)?
I suggest you take careful notes
for a week on his eating, sleeping, pooping, spitting up, crying, and if he seems to be in pain and why and then contact a new pediatrician. This way you will be able to provide useful information and evidence of your situation.
Try to observe him and see if he is constantly moaning or if the cryings comes suddenly, which could indicate pain.
Also, try to observe situations when he doesn't cry - be it when you play with him, when he is in a sling close to you, when he is in an upright position and so on. Both take notes on this and try to increase the share of his time awake that he spends in situations that don't make him cry.
Some babies really enjoy being outside and can be distracted by being in a semi upright position in the stroller or facing our sitting in a baby carrier and just watching the trees, cars, people and so on. Other babies are happier snuggling in close to mom's chest will spending time in a sling.
More frequent feedings can sometimes also be a key to a happier baby, especially for reflux babies, where frequent, but somewhat smaller feedings can make a huge difference.
If your boy does have colic, things are likely to start improving soon by themselves, but for example reflux may need medication. Don't give up and don't settle with no help!
You and your baby certainly deserve support!
I really wish I could do more to help you and if you include more information, maybe I can. But I still think you should contact a good doctor.
Good luck and I'd love to hear from you what the doctors found out and if things improved.
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