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    Default She won't stop crying

    I really don't know where to post this, so here I am.

    For the second day now, my daughter has been crying uncontrollably.
    I know she is teething and I have given her oragel and tylenol. She doesn't want to nurse. Right now she is in another room screaming her head off. I'm sure she quite tired by now, and will probably fall asleep. I don't like my children crying themselves to sleep. I do not believe in letting them cry it out. But, I had to walk away. I couldn't take it anymore...I don't know what else to do... She's been crying for an hour now, and yesterday it was pretty much all day. I can't go thru another day like that! I am up every 2 hours with her during the night. (I don't mind at all, if she's hungry I will feed her at any time, any place)

    Just looking for advice and support, please help me, I'm crying myself now... :

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    Default Re: She won't stop crying

    I'm so sorry to hear that you and baby are having such a rough time. Have you considered taking baby to the doctor to rule out any medical concerns such as an ear infection? I know that I always get suspicious if any of my children cry inconsolably -- it's just not like them so when it happens I know there's something very wrong.

    Will your baby nurse? What else is she doing besides crying?

    You'll get through this! Let us help you!

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    Default Re: She won't stop crying

    That kind of crying out of the norm sounds concerning. Would you consider putting in a call to your doctor, or event taking her in?

    Please check back in and let us know how she's doing.

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    Default Re: She won't stop crying

    Thanks Carol! I really like having a place I can come to for assistance and support!

    A little background....she has kidney problems (not too serous) and is on an antibiotic for infection risk. Could this be irritating her? I, myself, am allergic to the antibiotic she is on. Could she be allergic too? Hopefully by March we will find out thru various tests if she will need surgery. The Specialist has said that she is not in any pain, and will be ok. Just some sort of blockage. Otherwise, she is in great health.

    She's not really doing anything but crying, I have tried teething toys, a wet cloth to bite, I tried her swing (which she usually LOVES), I've tried giving her space (not being in her face so much, you know, just letting her chill out on her own), nothing is working!!

    She is starting to clamp down on me while she is nursing, and is starting to pull off rather abruptly...my son did the same thing while teething and nursing.

    She had her 4 month appt last Thursday, everything seemed fine then. Her brother is recooperating from croup, goodness, I hope she doesn't get it!

    Usually, she loves to nurse while we are both laying down, but she wouldn't have any of that this morning. After calming myself down, I went to go get her, she was still crying, WAILING, so I walked around with her and then she wanted to nurse. She's never wanted to nurse while walking, so I had no clue. She did fall asleep while nursing, thank goodness!
    I know she is tired, so I put her in her swing to nap, sometimes she will sleep for 4 hours in there!
    I just feel like I'm not doing anything right, and I feel horrible because I had to place my hand over her lips to stop her from screaming at me. I have never done anything like that before and I don't know why I did it. That is totally NOT my parenting style. I feel like such a loser. How do you apologize to a 4 month old??

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    Default Re: She won't stop crying

    It sounds like you really need a break, Mama. Is that possible?

    I'm glad your little one finally got a break and fell asleep. Sometimes refusal to nurse or pulling off the breast and crying can indicate an ear infection (it hurts them when they suck). But also because she's on antibiotics, she might be developing thrush or even a vaginal yeast infection. Babies with thrush will often pull on and off the breast or exhibit other uncharacteristic behaviors. Are you giving her a probiotic too? A little acidophilus powder everyday is great for keeping intestinal flora in check.

    Sometimes it's difficult for frazzled mother's to see what's really going on with their inconsolable babies. Just trying to help you with an outsider's view. Stop and count to 10 or 100 or step out on your front porch for a few minutes if you feel yourself becoming angry or overly frustrated. I'm sorry you are having a rough day! I hope it passes quickly

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    Default Re: She won't stop crying

    I havent had a break in over 2 years....
    I love being here for my children, but I will take a step away when necessary, like you said Carol, just to step on the front porch.

    I haven't thought about acidophilus powder. And thank you for mentioning yeast infections, I am very, very prone to them. How would I know if she has one?

    And what is thrush? What are the symptoms?

    I'm sure this will pass, and thank you, Carol and Jolie for an outsiders point of view.....sometimes thats all thats needed.

    Like I said, its nice to have somewhere to come for support, I'm very glad this forum is here!

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    Default Re: She won't stop crying

    You'd know if she has one pretty much the same way you know you have one. Take a look at her vaginal area and look for yeast and/or redness and irritation. Also, be sure to look for a diaper rash as thrush/yeast can cause a rash in the diaper area as well.

    Thrush is yeast -- look for white patches in baby's mouth. Symptoms include pulling on and off the breast, fussiness, gassiness. Sometimes babies who are on antibiotics will develop thrush, vaginal yeast infections and yeasty diaper rashes. Here's some LLL info on thrush, although it seems to address it from the perspective of sore nipples -- it should still help though: http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/thrush.html

    HTH!

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