Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Aunty | 2011-02-02



My baby pulls his hair at night and scratches himself all night and starts crying. He also wants to feed every two hours. Is it still colic? or what could it be. He is breastfed and only supplements with 100ml formula a day.

Expert's Reply



Something is disturbing your baby and making him unhappy. I am not sure if he has any actual rash from your description here. If he has a rash he may be scratching himself because he has eczema and is itchy.If he has no rash then something else is making him restless. Possible causes are either a blocked nose or stomach reflux.Of these two reflux is more likely.Please take him to be checked by your paediatrician.

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Posted by: Purple | 2011-02-04

Breastfeeding every 2 hours is normal - especially during growth spurts when babies feed every 1 and a half to two hours (day and night) this goes on for about 4 days to a week, and then baby reverts back to their usual pattern.

Also, babies cluster feed until they are around 12 to 14 weeks old. This means that in the evenings and mornings they feed really, really often. You feel like they are feeding constantly or you have just put them down and twenty minutes later they want another feed. This is quite normal too. Just go with the flow.

Neither of these is a sign of too little milk, it is your baby demanding more milk so that your body will supply more. These are normal feeding patterns for a breastfed baby.
If you start giving formula to top up, baby will drink less milk from you, you will then make less millk and after a few weeks will be struggling with low milk supply and be changing to bottles.

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