Why won't my baby stop crying?

she is a month old... i know she's a lil cuddle bug... but there are times when i need a break, to do dishes, cook dinner, take a shower... even go to the bathroom... she will even cry while i am feeding her... when i am holding her for no reason she starts screamin like a banshee... i don't get it.. i give her a bath, i change her diaper, i feed her, i cuddle her, sometimes i repeat this up to 3 times and nothing... she still won't stop... i have even tried to leave her crying in her bassinette for 20 minits.. that made things worse... she was really screamin by then.. what do i do??? please someone help me... i am gonna need some sleep @ some point this year... hope i will get some sleep soon...

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:49 PM on Feb. 7, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • a sling to carry her in might help you get some work done but it kinda sounds like colic to me... maybe shes really gassy
    serenaxxmarie

    Answer by serenaxxmarie at 8:51 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • That sounds about the same time my youngest DD started exhibiting signs of colic. I noticed that at different times during the day, she was just totally inconsolable, and ESPECIALLY at night. I was ready to pull my hair out. Nobody knows for sure what colic is and what causes it, but you can look up some info online about it. Crying it out never works with colicky babies, because they will scream forever. lol

    Give your doctor a call on Monday and see if he/she can squeeze her in for an appointment to see if something's wrong. It could be anything from gas to overstimulation to being over-tired to colic.
    .Peaches.

    Answer by .Peaches. at 8:53 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • sounds like colic to me. all i can say is look forward to sleepless nights. or you and your dh/so can take turns or something. oh and fyi, waking up in the middle of the night 2-3 times a night with babies is totally normal, for some over a year. so being tired is normal, whether the baby is colicy or not.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • she may have colic or it may be the formula she is on might be messing with her stomach .ask your pedi
    britme1027

    Answer by britme1027 at 9:28 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • Have the doctor check for reflux. If it's not that, then you may be one of the unlucky moms to get a colic baby. I was. Colic is a catch-all term for "your baby crys a LOT and we don't know why." Officially, if a baby cries for more than 3 hours in a day, for more than 3 days a week, she has colic.
    Every solution out there will work for some baby, but not all will work for your baby. To make it worse, a solution you find today may not work tomorrow (or even tonight). Here are my suggestions:
    (1) Take care of yourself. Moms of baby's with colic are far more likely to develop PPD.
    (2) If you need a break from the non-stop screaming, put her in her crib, close the door, and go sit somewhere that you can't hear her. Even a 5 minute break can help calm you. Babies with colic are far more likely to be injuried by exhausted, frustrated, angry parents.
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    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 10:11 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • (3) Make a list of things to try. Post it on her door or somewhere else you will see it. Start at the top and work to the bottom. If somethings works, GREAT! If not, start over again at the top.
    (4) Mark her 16th week "birthday" on your calendar in red. Mark off each day as it passes. By the time she is 16 weeks old the colic should be gone or much better.
    (5) Take a look at www.colicshop.com for ideas to try. Some, you can make at home, some you can buy just about anywhere. I had my best luck with a CD they sell called "For Crying Out Loud". It's the only thing my daughter would sleep to - when she slept at all.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 10:17 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • My advice is xanax for you mom ,good luck.
    Val504

    Answer by Val504 at 10:43 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • i know that this sound crazy but if you think she is cloicly then take like a little peice of peppermint with a full bottle of water let the peppermint desolve then give it to her and it should help
    bugbug07

    Answer by bugbug07 at 11:06 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • I have never heard of the peppermint and water.You learn something new everyday.Honey,do you not have any help? My neice is going through the same thing right now,and I go out ,and try to give her a break as much as I can,she is a single mother.My hat is off to you sweety,I don't think I could handle it all the time.Good luck.
    Val504

    Answer by Val504 at 11:11 PM on Feb. 7, 2009

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  • Try either gripe water or mylicon drops. My son went through a colicky stage at that age too. I found out that colic has nothing to do with gas but it is the abdominal muscles tensing up to better protect their organs. imagine the burn of sit-ups randomly that don't stop.. that would make me cry and scream too! I also put my son belly down on one of my knees (supported his head and neck with my hand) and bounced my knee gently while watching tv. He seemed to relax a lot. This stage can last over a month. I am a single mom but I live with my parent's right now. Luckily my mom and dad would take turns with me to help comfort him.
    alinker

    Answer by alinker at 12:50 AM on Feb. 8, 2009

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