Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Makayla | 2012/06/21


what could be causing this

HI doc, my LG is 5 months now and she seems to have a fussy period at least once per day. normally when we are out and she hasn''t had her bath starting from 4 till she finally goes to sleep she cries and becomes very stiff and doesn''t want to breastfeed and fights against it. She finally goes to sleep but now she is starting to wake up more at night too. about 3 times a night and before she only woke up once per night. She wakes up say at 3am for her feed and then doesn''t want to drink until i change her nappy, which isn''t very full and then only she will drink. She also acts much more fussy when we are at other people''s houses and can be very irritable and cry alot. Last night she was crying alot so i gave her some gripe water and that put her right to sleep. Could it be cramping that''s causing it? she doesn''t pull up her legs at all but only bends backwards and pulls away and becomes very stiff like a board. its really starting to make me a bit worried and stressed.


Expert's Reply



At this age the most likely cause of your baby's sudden change in behaviour is that she is teething. Apply a little Pansoral Gel to her lower gums in the middle where her first teeth will be coming through in the next 4 weeks or so.

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Posted by: purple | 2012/06/25

I always found a bit of teething gel before a feed helped with this too.

Also, at this age babies become much more aware of their surroundings, so will often refuse to feed when out and about or if there is anything to distract their attention. If you are out, baby will often wait till you get home, or you can try feeding in a shop changing room, or in a quiet place. If at home, sit in a room, perhaps close the curtains or sit in your usual feeding spot and baby will then sometimes feed better.

With the nappy, perhaps baby just doesn''t like the feel of a wet nappy. It must be quite frustrating though, having to get up and change baby in the middle of the night.

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