Re: Tummy aches, red ring... Need help trouble shooting
Welcome to the forum!
Possible explanations for what you're seeing:
- Red ring around the anus could be diaper rash, allergy, reaction to the wipes you're using.
- Fussiness could be due to tiredness, to milk coming out too fast or too slow, to increased gassiness at a certain point of the day, to colic, or to colic-like fussiness. (FTR, colic is defined as inconsolable crying in an otherwise healthy, well-fed baby that starts between 3 weeks and 3 months of age, occurs for 3 or more hours per day, for 3 or more days per week. It does not have to happen every night in order to meet the criteria for colic.)
- Frequent pooping: totally normal. Normal stool frequency in a breastfed baby can vary from multiple times per day (often at every feeding and in between feedings as well) to as little as once per week.
Some things you can do for a fussy baby:
- Calm house. Lights, TV, and stereo down or off.
- White noise. Radio static, dryer sounds, heartbeat sounds, etc.
- Motion. Rocking, swaying, bouncing, swinging.
- Nurse, if baby is willing!
- Closeness. Wear baby in a sling or cuddle him close to bare skin.
- Trip outside into fresh air.
- Warm water. Give baby a bath in the sink (no soap necessary) or take him into the bath or shower with you.
Often the best way to deal with fussiness is to change the baby's sensory inputs, distracting him from whatever is making him cranky. Nothing will work for long, so the moment one soothing strategy fails, be prepared to try something else.
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