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14/06/2013 at 16:29
Never have I known such a miserable baby!! Unless being cuddled, Florrie is screaming relentlessly, and often even when she is being cuddled.
She's exclusively BF at the moment, and when she cries she will start to root on me, but when I try to latch her she just pulls away and screams more. I've tried a dummy which she sucks as if she's starved, then spits out and screams all the more. Winding doesn't seem to help. I put her down in her crib, bouncer, beanbag - she screams regardless. I try using the sling but she just pushes away from me and screams.
Generally this goes on from 8am to 8pm. Today she's slept for about 20 minutes on me, if I put her down she wakes immediately. She probably gets about an hour or two of broken sleep per day.
I have no idea what I can try, she's clearly distressed, when I hold her she'll often just claw at me and get even more agitated.
Does anyone have any ideas or think of anything obvious I'm missing?
14/06/2013 at 17:04
Oh bless - you poor thing. If it were just evenings i would say colic. Has silent reflux been considered? Have a google of the symptoms. Stupid question but is she getting enough milk? I know sometimes when they pull away from your boob like that it can be because they arent getting enough milk or your let down is too slow. Is she gaining weight ok?
14/06/2013 at 17:20
She's already being treated for reflux mm - she vomits all day, but if I feed every time she's sick it seems to make it worse. My let down is really fast, which I think agitates her during feeds as its so overwhelming. I have wondered about trying a top up, but the fact she settles when cuddled makes me think she's not hungry.
Ethan was ff though, so to be honest I feel like I'm guessing at everything!
14/06/2013 at 17:30
This is how C was, I'm sure looking back he had silent reflux after seeing the symptoms.
Have you looked at cranial osteopathy? It didn't stop the crying completely with C, but it did help a lot!
14/06/2013 at 17:41
Osteopathy might help - i have heard great things about it on children.
Poor little thing. I agree if she settles when cuddled it doesnt sound like she is hungry. Is she windy? If your let down is really fast she might be gulping air?
I feel like its all guesswork with bfing too. You never quite know what they are getting.
Perhaps her reflux meds need changing if she is still being sick?
I hope it all improves soon. P gets pain after some feeds and its heartbreaking to see your baby in pain xx
15/06/2013 at 05:35
Thanks guys. Unfortunately I'm not sure I can afford a cranial osteopath at the moment.
MM - wind is still a real possibility. I do wind her mid feed, but she tends to get agitated and then squeal and gulp during the second half of a feed. I do try to wind her again, but I'm usually a bit frightened I might cause more projectile vomiting. She loves to just be sat up and have her back really gently rubbed - so maybe it is pain. She sleeps so well at night - I just wish she would rest a little more during the day, or I could just get one long nap from her so I can move off the sofa for 10 minutes without enduring the screaming.
I did see the GP, but he wants us to persevere as she is steadily gaining weight
15/06/2013 at 07:26
Sounds really silly but I used to find playing music to J would calm him enough to get a good latch when he was upset- maybe worth a try
15/06/2013 at 08:33
Have you tried Gripe Water? F suffered really bad with wind and we found that it really helped settle him x
15/06/2013 at 19:42
I'll try the music - anything is worth a go!!
WG - can I use gripe water with ranitidine? I've been worried about mixing the two
15/06/2013 at 21:22
I'm not really sure to be honest, could you perhaps pop into Boots or somewhere and run it past the pharmacist?
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