Hi all My baby is 5 days old - last night she was up all night crying and being unsettled. We fed her, changed her, winded her, comforted her, but nothing worked until after about 4/5 hours of crying finally fell asleep.
She was fine this morning - back to normal
Now, from around 3pm she's been unsettled again and unable to calm her down. gave her some more milk from the bottle to see if it was hunger but it seemed to make it worse
It seems obvious its wind but no amount of winding is helping.
She's JUST calmed down now and fell asleep but that happened before and she awoke and bawled again, worried what will happen when she wakes and also when she feeds again.
Is she overstimulated? Babies find it hard to get to sleep, are easily overstimulated and then can't sleep. As a result they are cry. Nowadays colic is believed to be caused by overstimulation/migraines. It often causes comfort feeding (because sucking soothes them) and then they tend to be sick. If so, very loud white noise, a dark room and a dummy should help.
Or, does she have reflux? Nearly all babies do to a certain extent when they are young. If so, you could try elevating the head end of her cot or ensure she is sleeping upright on you to prevent the acid coming up.
I could of written this. We have a 10 day old baby and she is exactly like this. The past 2 nights have been better but today she cried for about 2 hours this afternoon with stomach ache. We are using infacol and going to a chiropractor and that seems to be helping.
It is definitely a tummy pain as her little legs cramp right up and she screams out in pain.
Try infacol (it takes up to a week to take effect though) and maybe a chiropractor if you feel happy doing that. Our midwife and gp both recommended the chiropractor.
I hope that link works. If not, type it into youtube and lots of videos showing how to stop young babies from crying will come up.
I'm sorry you're dealing with that. I know how stressful it can be. I second what vocal duck says about white noise and a dark room/dummy. You can also find white noise or wave noise on youtube. Wave noise always worked really well for my daughter. She still loves having it on over night now she is two and a half.
My DS is 10 months old now and he used to cry so much at the beginning and it took him ages to smile... but now he is the happiest chap ever, so hang in there ladies!
At 7 weeks we found out he has posterior tongue tie - he wasn't able to get the hind milk when breastfeeding so was hungry all the time hence the crying. It also meant he was gulping a lot of air down and had awful wind. Tongue tie can affect bottle fed babies too.
I would definitely try to avoid overstimulation. Feeding in a dimly lit, quiet room before bed at a consistent time will help them wind down.
Potentially look into going to an osteopath too, they're very in tune with new babies bodies.
Are you breast or bottle feeding?? If you think it's a wind/ digestive problem what are her bowel movements like?? My daughter had bad reflux and colic. At 5 days old if you are breastfeeding has your milk come in yet?? If so you might have a quick let down which means she may be gulping in air as she feeds. She's still only little and it's all new to her. I know its not recommended but we used to swaddle our daughter as it used to settle her. Only when she wouldn't settle and only when holding her. When we put her down I always made sure the blankets were loosened off.
My DS is 5 weeks and has been the same since he was a week old. Turned out it was reflux and was given gaviscon by GP and we prop him up a little when he sleeps, especially on a night as it's at its worse then. He's settled down loads since he's been on gaviscon. Oh another thing, we use a video on youtube that plays the noise of a hairdryer and he loves it, he stops crying as soon as he hears it. Babies love white noise so might be worth a try.
Also a controversial one but a dummy can help. My first child never had one but my second was an absolute twine and nothing would shut her up until we tried a dummy and she stopped straight away. We made sure we took it off her before age 1.