Why Is Dd Soooo Fussy All Of A Sudden

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DB - February 21

DD is 3 weeks old today. In the past 5 days or so she has become a different baby. The first two weeks she slept a lot and cried when she was hungry. Now she has become really really fussy and it seems like it's all day long. She'll eat well and pull herself off the br___t and then cry and cry. And at night she's extremely fussy for 3-4 hours. She burps a lot, so I don't think it's gas. I usually have to bounce her for 20 minutes or more before she'll calm down or go to sleep. I guess maybe I just feel like I'm doing something wrong because she always seems upset. It's really starting to make me upset. I don't know if it's colic or if this is just how babies are and I was spoiled the first two weeks!? If anyone has any words or wisdom I'd appreciate it.

 

tryingx3 - February 21

Are you eating dairy products? week 3 was AWFUL for us. I had about decided we had a colicy baby. I COMPLETELY gave up all dairy and within 3-4 days she was a completely different child. The only other time I had problems was due to a very fast let-down. I still have that but she just pulls off and waits and tries again - all the while her outfit and I get soaked! :-) I started re-introducing dairy after about 12wks. I think it helped me lose weight too!

 

luviduvi - February 21

I think it sounds like a colicky baby. You should talk to your ped. about switching to a soy formula and buy the book "Happiest Baby on the Block" I didn't have a colicky baby but those who have swear by this book.

 

chrissi79 - February 21

DB, I think we might have the same baby!! lol my dd is also 3 weeks and she's changed a ton since the first 2 weeks as well...l have a feeling she's going thru a growth spurt at the moment though, she's fussy and sometimes cluster eating...other times she's guzzling a bottle that I pumped in minutes!! And then I STILL have to put her on the b___st!!! I don't think she's colicy, but you never know...her sleep patterns have changed a bit too so that's why I'm thinking she's in a growth spurt...hopefully it doesn't last long..

 

DB - February 21

I do drink milk A LOT. I love it and cheese. I'll try cutting back & see if that helps. I do think I have a fast let down too. luviduvi-I am not formula feeding, but I will look for that book. Chrissi- isn't it wierd how different they can be in just a week!! Maybe it is a growth spurt?!?

 

luviduvi - February 21

DB, the reason I thought it might be colic is b/c of the crying for 3-4 hours at night......that is usually a sign of colic. For your sake I hope not. Most babies do transition a bit during the third week and I do believe they go through a growth spurt at that time. Read up on colic and compare that with how your lo is doing and that way you can seek action.

 

tryingx3 - February 21

DB - my dd would cry "like a colicy" baby until I stopped dairy. During the early weeks, she would cry sometimes from 9-12 pm each night. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. I quit ALL dairy - waited 3 days...called the Baby Line at our hospital because she was still crying. They told me I possibly had a colicy baby and that it might be 3mo before things got better. I asked if it was POSSIBLE that she was still getting lactose from my diet and they said yes it might take a few days. By the next day things were better. It is worth a try! I just reminded myself that it was only temporary.

 

eclipse - February 21

I would also talk to your doctor about the possibility of it being acid reflux. My son has been doing that since the beginning and it is only recently as it has progressed that we found out it is acid reflux-he has his first GI appointment on Friday. He would pull off and bite, burp a ton, hiccup all the time, and be fussy at night, and recently has been spitting up a ton. It may not be this but it IS a consideration. Hold her upright for at least 15 minutes after she eats-that may help. Not to scare you, just rule it out with your pediatrician when you see them. Good luck, let us know...

 

EricaG - February 21

I'm not sure about colic because Abby never had that, but when Abby was born my mother-in-law said "Well, the first 2 weeks are pretty easy because they sleep all the time and then they wake up and it gets hard!" So maybe she's just "waking up".

 

DB - February 21

Well, I'm going to stop eating dairy products and see if that helps. I also had onions yesterday on a sandwich, so maybe that is irritating her too. Eclipse-the pediatrician did say that she thinks dd has mild reflux, but I think it may be getting worse since she seems to spit up a lot. She keeps gaining weight though so the pediatrician wasn't concerned, but she didn't get fussy until the last few days, so maybe it is getting worse? We go back March 1st and I'll definitely ask about that. We were told to keep her upright for 30-60 minutes after she eats which I always do, but sometimes even a couple hours later she'll still spit up. Maybe it's a combination of reflux and stuff in my diet. I just hope it's not colic. I don't know if I can take her crying for the next two months, it breaks my heart. Luckily dh doesn't mind walking around with her once he's home from work so I get a break.

 

eclipse - February 22

Exactly what I am dealing with right now. My lo spits up hours later when I pick him up and I think his has gotten much worse quickly. Often colic is used to explain undiagnosed reflux. I hope that everything straightens out for you and you are able to both get some sleep soon. I'm up right now with mine because he has been hysterical and in pain all night, so I hope that yours is easier.

 

Kara H. - February 22

Definitely get a copy of The Happiest Baby On the Block. Even if you find out that it is the dairy in your diet, the book will help her sleep longer at night and any mom can benefit from that! I swear by the book, and Max wasn't a colicy baby. I had him sleeping 6 hours straight at 6wks, 8 hours at 8wks and 10 hours at 12wks. Somewhere around 4 months he started sleeping 12 hours but would occasionally have a bottle at 8 hours, but most nights he would sleep right thru. If you can see if your library has the video to rent that goes by the same name. It helps to actually see the techniques. I was not getting the "swinging" down quite right until I watched the video.

 

DB - February 22

Well, I ended up calling the pediatrician today because dd has projectile vomit/spit up. They weighed her and she weighs 8lb9oz!! She's huge (to me)!! But the doctor said the acid is still burning her throat and that is why she won't sleep during the day and is always upset....so we got a Rx for Zantac for the reflux...BUT she also thinks the extreme fussiness at night is colic, which we all know there is not much we can do for that :( I am just hoping that it's the reflux causing her to be so fussy all night long and maybe it's not colic. But I guess I need to get mentally prepared for a couple of really hard months ahead of us. Kara-I did order that book yesterday and had it shipped in 2 days!! I just hope I find time to read it right away, especially since I most likely have a colicky baby. Thank you all for the advice, I really do appreciate it.

 

Kara H. - February 22

Hope you like the book! Max had/has AR and he takes Prevacid. It is a different cla__s of acid reducers, and works better in more severe cases of AR. If you don't see a big improvement in the AR after a week or so, as to be switched over to prevacid. It takes a while to shut down the acid pumps, so some doctors will actually overlap the two so you get some relief while waiting for the prevacid to kick in. Good luck!!

 

Kara H. - February 22

Also, Max was a comfort eater, which can happen in reflux babies. When they are actively eating it soothes their burning thoat. You baby may be doing the same thing.

 

luviduvi - February 22

DB, be careful of what you wish for....colic goes away, acid reflux lasts a lot longer........:-( I hope either way, your lo feels better and you take care of yourself!

 

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