Fussy Baby-pg114709631218

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Kathleen - May 8

Ladies, I have a two month old son who is very fussy. Only happy when held, cries quite often, etc... I was just wondering if any of you had fussy babies, and if so WHEN DOES IT END??? Is it like colic, ending around 3 months? Or is a fussy baby going to be fussy for along time????? HELP!!!

 

kimberley - May 8

Does he sleep? What are his sleep patterns like? Does he spit up at all? Is he fussy all day or just at a certain time. Does he eat well? Colic usually hits in the arvo and peaks at around 6pm.....they usually out grow colic at 3 months...In the morning they should be fine though. Let me know the answers and I may be able to offer some more advice :)

 

Kathleen - May 8

Yes, he sleeps quite well. Lately he's been giving us a 5 hour stretch at night. He eats VERY well. Spits up alot though. He's just fussy all day long!!! He has problems with gas, so my doctor says he has colic. No crying episodes, though. Just when he's awake he's fussy. Will that end????? He is on medicine for acid reflux, but the spitting up is continuing.

 

kimberley - May 8

Sounds like maybe he has reflux, and some colic...The colic will end at around 3 months, reflux may be a little longer, but you may need a medicine change...as not all medicines work the same, and different meds for different kids work differently. My DD is 3 months and has bad reflux...I stumbled onto this great site infantrefluxdisease.com They have heaps of info, and the message boards are fantastic ...they have answered all my questions, I have had more support and answers from there, than my own doctor. Anyway check out....my user name there is brookesmum :)

 

kimberley - May 8

BTW, forgot to mention it gets easier...my DD is 3 months now, and it is getting easier to tell what her cries mean or different fussiness means, so hang in there.

 

Kathleen - May 8

Kimberley, Do you think that around 3 months or so I will see a more content baby? He just seems so uncomfortable all of the time unless something catches his eye to stare at for awhile. Will I ever have a smiley baby??? Or will he be fussy until he's a toddler??? Also, do you have an formula recommendations? I supplement.

 

Bonnie - May 8

Kathleen, what medicine is he on? I dealw ith a reflux baby too. Mason is also a high-maintence fussy baby as well, lol. I guess my question is, are you SURE the reflux med is doing the job and he is not in pain? Mason has had to go to a GI specilist and I can now tell when he has reflux pain verses him just fussing. What is your gut instinct on that? And what med and dosage is he on?

 

Kathleen - May 8

Bonnie, He's on Zantac, .33mm 3 times a day. Does not seem to be helping him at all. When your son had reflux did he grunt alot? Should I take him back to the doctor? What are your thoughts on fussiness ending??? I've posted on the reflux site that your on I think!!!

 

Bonnie - May 8

I just read your last post Kathleen so let me rephrase.....BTW, Kimberly and I both go to that site andit is fabulus! :) It sounds to me like he is still having reflux pain if he seems uncomfortable to you. Reflux is usually (not always though) secondary to something else as well. Allergies, physical problems, motility, etc. For Mason, I believe his reflux is related to the amount of air (gas) he swallows. We had a special test done that showed this. I would suspect you son is not on a strong enough med. I find most peds are not very good when it comes to bad reflux and a GI referral usually helps quite a bit. Mason was first put on Zantac which did nothing. Later I learned that his dose was so low it would not have done anything anyway. My ped was way conservative and when I kept houndinghim that something was still wrong we finally got a GI referral. He is now on Prevacid which has been wonderful. Reflux babies (if the reflux is real bad) respond differently to different meds. Sometimes Zantac is better, sometimes the PPIs are needed. Sometimes allergies are involved which takes switching formulas. All of these changes take about 2 weeks each to take effect. Reflux is a big roller coaster and sadly it can take a long time to sirt out teh right combination needed to help. In the meantime you are stuck with a screaming inconsolable baby in major pain looking at mommy to make it all better and there is nothing you can do to help. And it takes a HUGE toll on us. My first recommendation is to bug your ped to death and try to get a GI referral, or at least PPI meds if the Zantac (I'll a__sume that is what he is on) does not work. My second suggestion is to check out the Web site Kathleen mentioned as these people know exactly what you are going through and it helps to have someone to vent to about things. :) ((((HUGS))))

 

Bonnie - May 8

LOL you beat me...yes I think you should bug your ped over and over until you get the help you need. Peds are not used to dealing with sever reflux generally. For most baies, Zantac is enough, but not always. I'm not sure about that dose but they will know over there. What name did you post under?

 

Kathleen - May 8

I posted under the name Danielsmommy. What about the grunting???

 

Bonnie - May 8

And yes, he grunted a lot. Mason is a silent refluxer. Meaning he doesn't spit up much, he was swallowing it back down so he was harder to figure out what was wrong at first. But he did all the usual signs. He was sleeping less than 7 hours in a 24 hour period, if he was awake he was crying. We had 10+ hour stretches of inconsolable crying. He was a comfort feeder (most reflux babies do the opposite and don't eat), he would eat to sooth his throat so he was gaining ma__sive amounts of weight (one of the reasons the ped blew me off..."he's gaining weight so he is fine"). He arched his back a lot, choked often, etc etc. We now have him on the right meds and he's almost 4 months and taking in less air and these days he is like a new baby! He is still a high maintence baby but he has no reflux pain anymore. There was a point back then when I seriously considered dropping him off at the hospital just hoping that someone else would be better at helping him than I was! It was a horrible experience. But thankfully we had a great GI specialist who really took the time to help him and he's happy now. :)

 

Bonnie - May 8

Mason just woke up so I gotta go for a bit, but I will check out your post a bit later. try to hang in there. The grunting can definately be reflux related. try to hang in there, it truely WILL get better. He just needs the proper meds. Keep calling your ped, in fact, flat out tell him it is not working and ask for a GI referral. On that web site tehre is a section about dealing with doctors. There is also a journal you can print out. Definately start using it as it will help the docs he sees. I'll post the links later if you cant find them. (((HUGS))) I hope he gets sorted soon and poor mommy gets some rest. (P.S. You know you're a reflux mom when you call a 5 hour sleep a great sleep! lol....Mason now sleeps 10-12 hours every night now that he is better)

 

kimberley - May 9

I am so happy bonnie came in, as I went to bed. My DD grunts alot, especially in her sleep. Bonnie seems to have answered very well, and now you are using the other site, you will get a lot more answers :) Take Care...it does get better.

 

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