Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cindy | 2011-08-30


Fussy 3 month old

My little girl will be 3 months next week. From day 1 she had colic...and she had it BAD! There were nights that she hardly slept and would scream for hours. I got a solution that helped her a lot and, after the 6 week point, her bouts of colic decreased in frequency and intensity. When she had colic, she also suffered from constipation a few times. She would scream during bowel movements and when passing gas and her face would turn red.
Things started getting better and she has been sleeping through the night for a few weeks already. The problem now is that her morning feeds go very well. But in the afternoon and evening, she is fussy and she squirms a LOT while screaming. She throws her arms around and arches her back. I usually rock her a little until she stops crying. Then I continue feeding her. But it doesn''t last long until she screams again. I burp her in between too but that also doesn''t help. I thought it could be the formula but I don''t understand how. I had her on one formula to start with...I then changed it (gradually) and when I changed her milk, she started sleeping better! Now a couple weeks later and she is squirming during her feeds. Plus, like I said, she is fine in the mornings but the afternoons are a real pain. What could it be?

Expert's Reply



You have given an excellent description of your baby's symptoms. The most likely cause is 'reflux' with her discomfort being caused by stomach acid refluxing back up into her oesophagus.She should be seen and treated by a paediatrician.

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