M.M. asks from Tinley Park, IL on March 21, 2008
My Newborn Is Awake a Lot!
My baby is 6 weeks old and seems to be awake more than he should. He was awake last night from 7-12:45am and also awake yesterday from 10am-1pm. When he is awake, he is fussy but not a lot, he is just very alert and looking around when he is awake. I feel that maybe he is awake more than he should be? Also, I need help on ways to relieve gas other than the drops and pulling his feet towards his chest.
D.S. answers from Chicago on April 01, 2008
You'd be suprised at how quickly they begin to stay awake. I've got 3 girls, 2 were sleepers and 1 seemed like she was awake from the day she was born until she was 2! For gas my pediatrician recommend and alternative. It is called Gripe Water and you can get it and Indian food stores. It is just a capful into the baby's bottle. It smells like pickles and worked great with my oldest.
N.H. answers from Decatur on March 23, 2008
Every child has his own needs and his own schedule. Some sleep less than others. If he seems to be fussy, perhaps he would like to be around people or have something interesting that he can watch. You say he seems to be alert and looking around. I used to take my kids around in their carrier from room to room so they could watch me while I was working. When they were ready to sleep, I put them to bed.
One of my children had relief from stomach pain when I gave him a bath. My daughter wanted to lie on her stomach across my lap and be rocked from side to side when she had gas.
A.W. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
Hi Jamie, I have a 2 and 3 year old...but it seems just like yesterday that they were infants... my advice to you would be to get a hold of a book called "Baby Wise" maybe you already have it...but I was so thankful for it when my oldest was 7 weeks old. It helped me to know when and how long baby should be sleeping. Basically a great scheduling info book. Let me know if it helps. At least give it a try. Oh... I am not a reader...AT ALL but I read that book in a half day...I really needed help and answers.
T.S. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2008
The fact that your little guy was up from 7P - 12:45A makes me think your son has his days and nights mixed up. Both of my boys did when they were born. To help change this cycle, I would only let him nap during the day out in the living room area or in his crib with the shade up and door open. I'd vacuum in the other room let the TV on and go about my day while he slept. At night, it was just the opposite. If he was awake, I'd turn off the TV, dim the lights in the house and just have quiet time for him. He ended up being able to sleep through the night at about 10 weeks (and he's breastfed).
With regard to gas...are you using formula? If so, be careful not to shake it when you mix it. It will cause air bubbles. If you are bottle feeding expressed BM, same thing. If you are nursing, then watch what you eat as some foods cause gas.
Good luck and congrats on the new baby!
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J.F. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
Jamie are you breastfeeding? If so, then try drinking organic milk. This may eliminate some gas. Both my babies were really gassy. Our ped said that gas is good. You know their bowels are working. I did switch over to organic milk & I did see a little bit of a change. I never used the drops or pulled the feet towards the chest. You can also try to lay him on his belly (while awake) on your lap or hold him on a boppy (if you use on) while it is on you. Gently rub his back. This triggered a lot of gas for my boys to be released & they also fell asleep on the boppy! All babies are different for being awake. My boys were premies, so I'm not sure about how awake babies really are. Mine slept a lot for the month & a half home. Good luck.
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C.D. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
Are you breastfeeding? If so, you may want to keep an eye on what you're eating. My daughter was fussy as an infant when I ate certain foods. Make sure to avoid things with caffeine, as that will cause a baby to be awake and have gas. Dairy is also another thing that you might want to keep an eye on. There may be some foods that your baby reacts to, so try cutting out certain things for a few days, and see if the situation improves. But cut them out one at a time, so you know which food might be causing the reaction.
Hope that helps and good luck!
S.E. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
As far a your baby being awake to much, my son slept through the night at very early age but he did not do much napping during the day. He loved being up and around my husband and I. I carried him around in a snuggly all the time. He loved touching my face and my long hair. I used it around the house, when I was working outside, when I went to the store, etc. I loved being close to my baby. He was always a very active baby from day one.
As far as the colic I ended up having to give up breast feeding when he was 4 months because our family doctor said it may be me giving the colic to him. I watched what I eat. (No soda, no chocolate, no broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage, etc.) But he said it was because of my nerves. I would get nervous that I was not doing everything that I should be doing and that nervousness passed on to our son. I tried a chiropractic adjustment for him too but I ended up quitting breast feeding at 4 months, used formula for 2 months and then went to regular milk and he was just fine after that.
By the way he is now 17 years old, 6' 2" tall and in perfect health. So no damage done me quiting at 4 months.
Best of Luck
P.S. He still sleeps 8-10 hours a night if he can squeeze it in.
K.L. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
the football hold works wonders for a gassy baby! here's a link...
S.T. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
Hi Jaime..get yourself some olive oil..take a table spoon of it heat it over the burner for a few seconds ..just so thats it's warm .Then massage it on his belly n it releases the gas.I did it for my kids!It helps.But u do it when he has gas!
L.T. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
I would eliminate all dairy from your diet and see if that helps...I am assuming you are breast feeding? My first born was like that, but I didn't know about dairy at that time (20 years ago). Then my 3rd did the same thing, but I did know to remove the dairy and it worked like a charm. There are a lot of substitutes for dairy these days - just visit your health food store or the organic/health food section of your local supermarket. Also, be sure to be taking a high quality calcium/magnesium supplement. IF you aren't breast feeding, trying using a soy based formula if you are using a dairy one now.
T.D. answers from Chicago on March 22, 2008
I see lots of recommendations for Weissbluth's book, I would also recommend Happiest Baby on The Block for your son's age. I used a combo of the both of them. Happiest Baby at this age seemed to work best for us. This is the age that baby's go through a "phase" and can get colicky, mix up nights, etc. read the books----better yet watch the Happiest Baby on the Block video. 30 min and it will change your life. Also are you swaddling your baby when he sleeps? Highly recommend it. And be sure to put the ARMS IN! We thought our daughter didn't like it....hit the 6 weeks...and realized arms in did the trick. good luck and enjoy!