My 4-month-old baby never sleeps, it’s such a battle to get him to sleep! He cries all day long, not just crying but screaming.
What do I do; doctors says it’s colic or reflux.
He refuses bottles also, but as he is putting on weight no one seems to worry. I’m worried, though, it’s so frustrating.Please anyone with any ideas.Baby Helpline:
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The first thing you should do is to contact a better doctor! I get upset when I hear about moms who are in your situation – getting a “maybe” diagnosis and nothing more. These days there is medication available both for colic and reflux and your baby deserves proper medical attention!
Here are several things you can do at home to improve the situation, while at the same time contacting another doctor:
- One thing you can do at home if you haven’t done it yet is to try elevating your son’s crib some 30 degrees to see if it helps his sleeping. If it does, you should definitely discuss reflux in more detail with a doctor.
- One possible home remedy for colic is baby massage. Buy a good book with pictures that explain how to do it and give it a try. You can also learn more about colic and possible remedies here.
- When feeding your baby (breast or bottle) try keeping him in an upright position; this will help both colic and reflux.
- If you do give your baby formula, you could also experiment with giving him other types, such as for example soy based or lactose-free. A good pediatrician should be able to recommend proper brands where you live. And don’t forget to burp your baby!
- You say that your baby refuses the bottle. If he is mainly breastfed, this is common. It can also be the other way around – a breastfed baby who gets access to a bottle may very well start rejecting the breast. Anyway, you might find these tips on how to get your baby to accept bottle feeding useful.
- In addition to all these steps, try to log what happens right before your baby starts to cry. Sometimes we are so tired and stressed that we don’t see what triggers their discomfort.
- Also remember that whatever is bothering your baby, being close to you is likely to make him feel better, so invest in a good baby carrier and simply let him spend a lot of time there. My absolute baby carrier favorite is the Baby Bjorn Miracle carrier, which save my sanity and my back when I had a little one who only wanted to be in my arms. It might make the days a bit easer for both of you.
- Finally, remember to keep hold of the good times! Try to play, cuddle and interact as much as you can with your son. If he is in pain and also feels your stress, he needs your help to feel good and laugh. It will make both of you feel better! For some ideas on how to play with a 4-month-old baby, read this post!
I hope this provides you with a few ideas and some stamina to not give up!
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- Colic Solved: The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-to- Soothe Baby
- The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
- Baby Poop: What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You … about Colic, Reflux, Constipation, Green Stools, Food Allergies, and Your Child’s Immune Health
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