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Newborn awake and crying constantly DAY AND NIGHT

(11 Posts)
Pandora88 Tue 17-Jan-17 15:26:10

I'm not sure how this is even possible but my DS seems to defy all logic and certainly all expectations. He's 3w5days and does not sleep properly at night (mostly moans and then naps, but grunts and makes noises during the naps) and he is just going mental in the day as well. I literally don't have time to go to the toilet as he'd be shouting and screaming as soon as put down. Not that holding him really helps either! He still cries but a bit less! I think he must have had a total of 4 hours sleep since yesterday evening.

Even as I'm typing this he is next to me screaming, I feel like a horrible mother for ignoring him but I just gave up! No matter what I do, nothing works! We tried infacol, even been to hospital, DS got properly checked with blood tests etc - all fine and gaining weight beautifully!! I'm giving him gaviscone infant now - not that it is helping anything whatsoever!!

He is still jaundiced, has been vomiting and on top of everything seems to be constipated now (no stool since yesterday evening) confusedshock

Please somebody help I feel like I have a child from hell!!!

Camelsinthegobi Tue 17-Jan-17 20:48:24

That sounds awful. It's good he's gaining weight. But he must be in some kind of pain so it's a process of working out what's going on. Firstly, keep a journal. Doesn't need to be detailed, just dates of when gaviscon started, poos, rough estimate of time spent sleeping per day and estimated time spent crying for no obvious reason. Cos otherwise you forget. Is he bf or ff? If bf then it's normal for them not to poo for several days. Gaviscon can cause constipation so if your ff then gaviscon is clearly no good - go back to the gp and ask for another reflux med. It could also be allergy/intolerance to cows milk protein in formula or breastmilk. I would cut out dairy if your bf or keep going back to gp to request cows milk protein free alternative formula if your ff. A sling may help. Don't be fobbed off by 'colic' - there's always a reason for prolonged crying though sometimes we just never work out why.

Also: try to look after yourself - get fresh air, go to baby groups if you like them, enlist any help you can (we got a cleaner for a few weeks).

Good luck!

Camelsinthegobi Tue 17-Jan-17 20:49:59

Ps it doesn't last for ever. Though it's hard to remember that. My screaming baby is now a lovely 6 year old sleeping peacefully

ballsdeep Tue 17-Jan-17 20:53:03

My lo was the same and he has reflux and a cows milk allergy. He was screaming constantly and had a rash on his face

EdenX Tue 17-Jan-17 20:54:01

Does he settle at all with rocking/swing/dummy etc?

Thirtyrock39 Tue 17-Jan-17 20:57:11

Have you tried 'tiger in the tree' hold? If BF don't worry about timing feeds at the moment and make sure your baby is feeding till full (could take up to an hour when this young) and if BF has someone properly watched a feed to check positioning and attachment in case the baby is not getting a full feed ?

RNBrie Tue 17-Jan-17 20:57:32

Grunting and chuffing around during sleep is completely normal for babies, I wouldn't worry about that.

Have you tried a wrap sling? It sounds to me like he's exhausted so I'd be focusing on getting him to sleep. Does he sleep in buggy, bouncy chair, car?

Farfromtheusual Tue 17-Jan-17 21:03:59

The Gaviscon will be making him constipated, get some Lactulose, either from the GP or you can just buy it over the counter! I give DS 2.5ml in the morning and he same before bed!

Hope this helps! flowers

Slaymill Tue 17-Jan-17 21:15:27

Sounds like reflux try Colief Infant Drops and get a special reflux pillow to aid sleep.

QuiteLikely5 Tue 17-Jan-17 21:45:00

A baby crying constantly is not typical and there is usually an underlying cause - attributed to their digestion.

This could be reflux allergy/intolerance etc

First thing is make a GP apt and also if he fobs you off - change milk to comfort milk or talk to HV

Greydiddi Thu 19-Jan-17 20:34:22

Is he screaming at night as well OP? My youngest did this - we think it was reflux and probably just an immature digestive system and being a little baby. We tried ranitidine which helped a little. I know how hard it is when they are like this as they also get so over tired during the day. I also think I got so stressed which maybe didn't help matters eitherwink

I did hold him a lot night and day - perhaps if you have someone/partner who can help you could do one night on, one night off?

He seemed to just grow out of it. Got a bit better at 8 weeks and then massively better at 12 weeks. He remains a big cuddle monster ( compared to my other DC) but ended up a much better sleeper than my eldest who was easier to begin with!

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