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    Hi ladies,
    Just looking for some advice on my suddenly unsettled 8 week old DS. He was feeding 3-4hourly with one longer night time stretch of 5 or 6 hours up until 2 weeks ago....then the wheels fell off!!!!

    At around 6 weeks he did the hourly cluster feeds for a few days which I put down to a growth spurt. But he has been progressively worse since. I was happy to brush his behaviour off on the dreaded "wonder week" expected around this time but this has been going on for 2 weeks now.

    He's started trying to feed 1 to 2 hourly during the day (He vomits most of it up so I dont think he's actually hungry??? but will scream the house down if I dont feed him) and even his night sleeps are getting shorter - around 3 hourly.

    He's really aggitated and unsettled. He'll kick and squirm constantly, during feeding, after feeding, while trying to sleep. He's a grizzly, grunting, unhappy little baby at the moment and I cant help but feel I'm doing something wrong

    He doesnt smile, wont look at me and seems totally unlike his normal self.

    When I spoke to the home visit nurse, she just told me I'm feeding him too often, it can't be a 'wonder week' because it 'wasnt the right time' and should go to a settling class because clearly i need to learn how to settle my baby...way to make me feel completely incompetent

    Just struggling at the moment and feeling like a failure of a mummy. I wish there was something I could do to help him. I have an appointment with his paediatrician next week but could do with some support to get me through till then....

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    Default Help with suddenly unsettled baby

    Could it be reflux ?

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    Default Re: Help with suddenly unsettled baby

    I Second reflux. Change in weather? Getting more active? Early teething? Constipation? change in feeds (eg breast to formula, or you eating different foods while bf, changing formula if ff)?

    I know its hard. It could be any number of things. Reflux and constipation are very common.

    ETA. You're not doing anything wrong, especially of you are doing you're best. Oh and try holding him face down, you're arm under his tummy, between his legs. If its colic, I found this helps ease the pain as it puts pressure on their tummy helping with the wind.

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    Default Help with suddenly unsettled baby

    Chickpea, I totally get where ur coming from. My DS is 8 weeks old and has been exactly the same for the last 2 weeks. It is so frustrating, I am doing everything I can to settle him & give him what he wants but it's not working. My MCHN said that babies tend to cry the most & be unsettled between 6-8 weeks. I'm hoping it passes very soon cause he is wearing me down :-(

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    Default Help with suddenly unsettled baby

    Same with my 8 week old! She just had vaccinations which don't help! I'm finding it easier as she is my 2nd and I know the unsettled period passes, it can feel never ending while you are going thru it, just try and take some time for yourself to maintain your sanity :-)


 

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