Screaming Baby

(9 Posts)
Purplecatti Tue 11-Dec-12 21:45:45

At night my five week old baby screams and screams and screams the poor little thing. I don't know why or how to comfort her.
It always starts around half nine. The theories are:
- acid reflux. She does possetting rather a lot. We've raised her crib at one end as her breathing laid on her back sounds noisy and congested. We're seeing the GP tomorrow
- she's overtired. She dozes from 3-7pm in twenty minute bursts between cluster feeds. She doesn't really nap during the day.

She tries to feed but is in too much of a state to latch on once she's got going, she goes red, has tears and claws at me whilst screaming fit to bust. I can't console her. It's terrible to hear, really frightening.
In desperation on sunday I put her on her own for ten minutes and she stopped and then ten minutes after that had a big feed and went to sleep happily but I hate the cry it out thing particularly in one so tiny.

I've tried a dark quiet room from early evening but it does nothing. from 7-9pm she's usually a bit manic, she winds herself up wiggling and gurgling which makes me thing she's overtired.

She's been screaming and clawing at me now for 40 minutes

Fishandjam Tue 11-Dec-12 21:50:10

This sounds like it might be colic. I know it's supposed to come on in the late afternoon but DD (now 6 months) had it later in the evening.

Hopefully your GP will be able to help; do come back and tell us what he/she says.

Caroline2103 Tue 11-Dec-12 22:36:12

hi, I agree with fish. sounds like colic, my DS was also like this. Vicious circle struggling with colic so couldn't latch on to feed, not feeding added to the crying and the exhaustion tips the poor mite over the edge.
Baby massage and the miracle that is infacol really helped us and (touch wood) my 8week old DS has been colic free for 4weeks. I still massage him daily and give infacol before every feed. Good luck and keep us posted

ThreeWheelsGood Tue 11-Dec-12 22:38:26

Could be wind making her uncomfortable?

QTPie Tue 11-Dec-12 22:41:30

Sounds like over-tired to me. DS did this from 3 weeks for a week. He would try to latch, come off screaming, repeat, repeat, repeat for 5 to 6 hours each evening. It wasn't wind - he was thoroughly winded and showing no signs of pain. He was trying to feed to sleep, but was already full.

What we did was introduce a bedtime routine. We got all prepared, then when he woke in the evening (about 7 or 8), would give him a very quick bath, dry him, quick massage, dressed, breastfeed, wind, bed, try everything to settle (rocking, patting, shushing). He hated the bath for a while (couple of weeks) and screamed, but he did grow tolove it. The evening screaming (5/6 hours of screaming) actually stopped within a day or two. I think because the bath/bed routine gave him night time ques and he would have an extra big feed after the bath (so helping him to sleep properly).

Also, at night, we learnt to tell the difference between "I am hungry, feed me" cry and other cries/grumbles. We fed the former and just patted/shushed/etc the latter.

This little bedtime routine really helped and actually other bits of "routine" fell into place (we went for a walk at the same time each day and I identified and encouraged regular feed times). He feed regularly and efficiently by day. By 5 weeks he dropped to one night feed a night (4am). By 12 weeks he was sleeping through.

All babies are different. If ou think it maybe colic/reflux, then checked oth HV/GP.

Jinglemyalanbells Tue 11-Dec-12 22:42:13

Never used one but my friend swears by her cranial osteopath. Worth seeing if there's one in your area.
Don't worry, it's still all very new, she will settle as she gets older.

diyqueen Wed 12-Dec-12 22:54:40

It is really awful, dd was like that at the same age and it was exhausting and frightening and just horrible. So hard when you're tired too. I don't really know why dd screamed, she did have reflux but I'm not convinced it was just that, or wind or whatever. But it does get better, the best advice I can give is try lots of things to see if anything helps. When if got really bad with dd I'd put her in the sling and go for a walk, she'd be asleep in a few minutes and we'd all get a break. She also liked being held close and gently 'bounced' by us kind of dancing, especially if sung to at the same time. Hang in there and get as much rest as you can

Purplecatti Thu 13-Dec-12 10:22:55

well we've got ranitidine. I'm still not sure what's setting her off. She had a little episode before a nap yesterday, then at about 8pm. After she'd finished she gave me a big beaming smile though. This morning she screamed after projectile vomiting so I think it is a combination of tiredness and acid.
She is very grumpy today

sparklekitty Thu 13-Dec-12 11:04:05

We had a similar issue around 3 weeks and saw cranial osteopath, worked wonders. For the immediate future we found the hair dryer (obviously pointing away from her) calmed our dd enough for her to latch well and feed.

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