Post # 1
So my baby is 11 days old today. We brought him home and for about a week he was the easiest, best baby ever.
It was still SUPER stressful and hard… but now its unbelievably so.
The past two days my baby has been SUPER fussy. I barely got any sleep last night and feel like I am losing my mind!
Any ideas or advice on what it could be? I don’t feel like I have to take him to the doctor YET.. since its been such a short time period, but I will soon if it doesn’t get better.
Could he be starting to get Colic?
Post # 2
Colic usually doesn’t show up for a month or so.
Are you breast feeding? Could be a growth spurt and he’s cluster feeding. Could he have gas? Possibly a dairy allergy. 11 days is just to young to rule out a million things.
More likely than not, he’s just being a baby. He’s in his 4th trimester and he was thrust out into the cold, harsh world and the only way he knows how to deal with this is to cry. It does get easier, I promise!
Post # 3
I’m going to have to agree that he is just being a baby. Mine will be 1 month on Thursday and fussy might as well be his middle name. This is exactly what you signed up for to be honest…and be happy that you had 11 good days because I haven’t. lol.
Post # 4
Sounds normal to me. As long as he doesn’t have a fever, is eating enough, and is having the normal range of pee and poop diapers, I wouldn’t worry.
Post # 5
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Sounds like DD. She started out calm and sweet and by 1.5 week, she completely did a 180 and turned into a little devil lol. In our case, it was colic. She eventually grew out of it around 8 weeks but it was pretty rough until then.
Post # 6
I’d say as long as baby doesn’t have a fever and has adequate number of wet/dirty diapers they are probably fine. Any projectile vomitting is also something you need to go to the Dr. for or if you suspect issues with allergies/reflux. If the crying is associated with feeding time I would probably call the Dr.
Some babies can be pretty high maintenance even though there’s nothing wrong with them. I thought colic started around 2 weeks so I think it could be colic…
Is baby fussy all day long or do they have periods when they are fussy? All babies will have fussy periods, usually in the afternoon and/or evenings.
Post # 7
Sorry to tell you- but ir sounds normal. Can’t tell you how many nights my daughters were up all night long. You will get through it!
Post # 8
Some tips I personally found helpful/useful came from “the happiest baby on the block” book. I wore her about 90% of the time (and at almost 4 months still wear her a good bit but she does fine on her play mat and on her own more now), we swaddle her to sleep, and white noise was/is like a sleeping pill for her, I downloaded an app on my phone and as soon as I turned it on she would be lights out.
One other tip/suggestion – can you have someone come over today and ask them to watch baby for a few hours so you can take a nap? You need to keep your sanity 🙂
Post # 9
MrsTeasandkeys: There’s a growth spurt around 10 days I believe, could be that! The first few weeks are hard!!! Watch the youtube video on Harvey karp’s happiest baby on the block. The 5 S’s work wonders – swaddling and loud white noise always calmed my baby instantly (try the hair dryer/vacuum or the white noise baby app for iphone!) Good luck! Hang in there, it gets easier! Especially once your hormones regulate and you start feeling better physically. For now, do what you have to do to survive and take it minute by minute and try to rest when baby does!
Post # 10
Sounds like the 10 day growth spurt. Just make sure to follow his lead when it comes to feeding so that he is getting what he needs. Otherwise, it sounds pretty normal to me. DD is pretyy fussy which started once she was sleeping less during the day.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone! Growth spurt sounds reasonable… however he is only eating about 8 or so minutes on each side no matter what I do to get him to go longer. I would think he would try to eat MORE during a growth spurt.
No fever or vomitting. He hasn’t even spit up. Just unconsolable crying. His dirty diapers consist of a LOT of wet and not a ton of dirty, mostly just tiny spurts here and there. Every once in a while there is a blow out though.
Color me a new paranoid mom! Lol! Thanks for talking me off the ledge ladies! 🙂
Post # 12
How often is he feeding? My oldest would always feed for a short time but had to be fed every 1,5-3 hours for the first few weeks. So you might want to feed him more often. But if he is wetting his diapers then I wouldn’t worry about him not getting enough.
Post # 13
8 mins each side? Are you emptying the 1st boob before you do the second? Because if you do just the foremilk without getting to the hindmilk it makes them extra gassy which makes them fussy. To check see if she has a really hard belly or kicks her legs straight out angrily. I have oversupply issues which made her gassy and she had trouble passing it. Gripe Water (or Gas Drops) helps a lot.
Post # 14
Yes I agree with the above poster. Try and keep baby on one side to make sure they get the right balance of milk. I think I read (when I was dealing with oversupply and fussy feedings) that you should try and feed for at least 15-20 minutes on one side before offering the second.
Post # 15
MrsTeasandkeys: I agree with some of the others, i think it’s just new baby life. I always tell my friends the first 3 months were hell (and they were … no sleep, fussy baby, hormones, healing etc) and after that things sort of worked themselves out. Hang in there, ask for help and sleep when and where you can 🙁