Recognize the Causes of Fussy Babies

The newborn needs only three. These three things are warmth in their arms, food from their breast and feeling safe / protected. Breastfeeding fulfills all three of these needs. “- Dr. Grantly Dick

The simple recipe for making babies comfortable and happy is by breastfeeding. But, especially for those of you who are new and first child, baby fuss can make you confused. you are worried whether your baby is breastfed, is the baby sick, is the baby allergic to the food / drink you consume, is the situation uncomfortable etc.

Babies can be fussy for various reasons and can also combine several things and sometimes need time for you to find out what caused it. It is very good if you have a baby diary so that if the same condition / symptoms occur, you will know the cause faster and deal with it quickly.

Babies suckle based on their desires (Nursing On Demand or Baby Led Nursing), except for newborns who have not yet smoothed the process of breastfeeding, need to suckle intensively around 8-12 x in a day. First of all, pay attention to the signs of adequacy of ASI / intake that I have discussed in the inscription of Is Enough Breast Milk.

In general, babies will show signs of being hungry / thirsty and want to suckle. The initial signs of suckling include Stirring where the baby starts to move, Mouth opening, opening mouth and Turning head-seeking / rooting where the baby starts looking left and right looking for your breasts / food source.

If this initial stage is ignored, the baby will show the next signs, namely stretching (increasing body), Increasing Physical Movement (moving more intensely) and Hand in mouth (inserting fingers / hands into his mouth). If these two signs are ignored, the final stage is that the baby will be angry in the form of fuss and cry.

Apart from being fussy because they want to suckle, there are several things that cause baby fussing. Note whether the baby is experiencing a growth spurt? Many babies are more fussy during the growth spurt phase. Pay attention to environmental factors whether the baby is fussy because of being in a strange / new environment, or new people, voices that are not common for babies to hear, etc. When the baby grows teeth (teething) also usually will be fussy and can be accompanied by a mild fever.

In addition, there are other symptoms that can help you determine what causes a fussy baby. The following is a list of symptoms that accompany baby fussing and possible causes.

1. Fussy when breastfeeding / refusing to suckle. Possible causes:

Incorrect Position & Sticking.

The ASI flow is not heavy enough.

Oversupply / Overactive LDR (Let Down Reflex).

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is different from spit up. Babies may vomit milk. Reflux occurs when breast milk and acid from the stomach returns to the esophagus, of course making the baby fussy from illness.

Thrush due to the fungus Candida albicans in the baby’s mouth.

You apply it to your nipples, cream / lotion / something foreign to the baby.

In babies who are older, it can also be the cause of teething, you can try using Teething necklace to relieve the pain experienced by babies.

2. The baby is attached to the breast, suckles, but immediately releases itself, looks stressed.
Possible causes:

Intolerance of your food / drink (rarely a sensitive baby like this).

Oversupply / Overactive LDR (Let Down Reflex).

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER).

3. Looks restless after finishing breastfeeding.
Possible causes:

Scheduled / restricted breastfeeding.

Position and attachment that is not right.

Low ASI production.

Oversupply / Overactive LDR (Let Down Reflex).

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER).

Thrush due to the fungus Candida albicans in the baby’s mouth.

4. Baby’s weight gain (BB) is slow.
Possible causes:

Scheduled / restricted breastfeeding.

Low ASI production.

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER).

5. Baby colic & cry that cannot be soothed for a long time.
Possible causes:

Intolerance of your food / drink.

Oversupply / Overactive LDR (Let Down Reflex).

Newborns tend to be more fussy at night.

6. Stool / green bowel movements, diarrhea, blood in the stool
Possible causes:

Oversupply / Overactive LDR (Let Down Reflex).

Infectious disease.

7. Vomiting, projectile vomiting.
Possible causes:

Pyloric stenosis.

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER).