Health Watch: Fussy baby

Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:51 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Having a fussy baby can be really frustrating for a sleep-deprived often a hormonal new parent. The way I approach fussy babies is to try and decide if they are constipated, reflux, colic, or gassy. A constipated baby may stool irregularly and be really uncomfortable while trying to go and pushing really hard, sometimes bicycling their legs can help or a formula change may be necessary, or even some medicines can be helpful as well. A gassy baby will be uncomfortable right before they pass some gas or oftentimes until you pick them up and change their position and then they are comfortable again for a few moments. Bicycling can help those kids as well or some over-the-counter gas drops can provide some relief. A reflux baby is often most uncomfortable while spitting up or shortly after. Those babies may need a formula change or even a medicine prescribed by a pediatrician. A colic baby often has fussiness that doesn’t fit any of the above and might be more common in the evening and afternoon. If you think you have a colic baby do your best to love on them and calm them down, if that doesn’t work make sure you remember you’ve done everything you can for them. Remember to put that baby down and walk away if you find yourself frustrated. If you have a fussy baby and have some questions be sure to ask your pediatrician. This is Dr. Cara Hamilton with your Healthwatch

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