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Posted by: Paddy | 2008/06/01

Cramps-Baby

Baby of 8 weeks being breast fed. Cries continually with a lot of wind. Will not take to Dummy. Doctor seems to think this is normal but crying seems to be getting worse. Has been suggested by a friend to go to chiropractor to "stretch"baby. Please could we have your views. What else should parents try

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Dear Paddy
A few things should be checked - see if you can borrow or hire a baby scale and weigh baby before and after feeds with out his nappy to see if the baby gets enough milk per feed. Secondly, one should try and determine if this is colic (cramping) - The crying or fussing most frequently begins suddenly, and often after a feeding. The cry is loud and continuous, and the spells last from one to four hours. The baby's face often gets flushed or red. The belly is sometimes distended or prominent, the legs alternating between flexed and extended straight out; the feet are often cold and the hands clenched. It may also be worth your while to let one of the sisters at the maternity ward or clinic check if your baby does not swallow huge amounts of air while drinking - some babies are just "sloppy" drinkers and do not latch on properly. Babies also cry due to being too cold, too hot, too tired, or having a scratchy tag in the clothes. You should try and exclude the most obvious causes and also ask your doctor to test his urine for infection. Chiropractitioners can treat babies with colic but just ensure that you take your baby to an experienced one.
Please let me know if you managed?
Dr Bets

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