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My 2 weeks old child doesn't sleep all the night and keeps crying?

Asked by sarawu123 (10points) October 16th, 2015

I have 2 weeks baby girl with fussy tummy. She doesn’t sleep all the night and cries all the time. My husband and myself are really fret with the situation. What should we do to soothe our child

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_Seek_'s avatar

Welcome to parenthood. You can expect your first full night’s sleep in approximately 20 years.

Cruiser's avatar

Babies usually only cry because they are hungry, dirty diaper or are gassy and need to be burped. The last one was the source of many a crying fit early on because I didn’t burp my son enough. Little pat…pat…pats on the his back just wasn’t cutting it as once I got a little more forceful he would let out some really robust burps and look at me like…“thanks dad, I really needed that!”

The other thing I learned is if it is nap or bed time I would wrap them up real tight in their blankey….I called it making a baby burrito….then I would hold them tight against my chest and read, sing or walk around and they would be out like a light and put them in their crib and they would sleep like a baby should!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Two week old babies never sleep through the night. They wake up every few hours to eat and have their diapers changed. Babies also cry to let you know when they need something, although sometimes it can be attributed to colic. If she’s crying non-stop and seems panicked while she’s crying, and you’ve already changed her, fed her, sang to her, etc… you should probably take her to a pediatrician.

If you had no idea that babies don’t sleep through the night and that they cry, you need to take a parenting class as well.

Dutchess_III's avatar

They don’t start sleeping through the night until maybe 6 months old. It varies with each baby. And even after that, when they’re older, you’ll have times they want to get up at 3 a.m. just to play. :(
For these first few months you’re going to have to adjust your schedule, or your mind, to getting up every few hours.

How is she during the day?

keobooks's avatar

Babies aren’t supposed to sleep all night at two weeks old. They need to be fed at least every 4 hours at that age. Sometimes they will “cluster feed” during a growth spurt and need to be fed almost every single hour for several hours at a time. They have a stomach that can barely hold a few tablespoons of liquid and are growing at an astonishingly fast rate. At two weeks old, a crying baby is a healthy one.

Pandora's avatar

Is your baby puking a lot? By a lot, I mean like it seems most of the milk seems to come out after feeding. If your baby screams a lot right after feeding and pulls away a lot during feeding than it may be colic. But your baby would be crying every time after feeding. You should check with your pediatrician. True they don’t sleep through a whole night but your baby shouldn’t be crying throughout the night if it’s dry and fed. If your breast feeding, make sure your baby is getting enough to drink.

Could also be your baby misses you. My daughter was good baby during the nights early on unless I wasn’t near. So we placed the bassinet in the room and I would put my pj next to her for comfort. You can also try putting the crib next to the bed and put your hand next to her.
My sister-in-law use to have a crib that opened on the side so the baby could sleep next to you with a low boarder separating you. But I think the pj idea is best because it can be harder for your child to sleep alone later. I kept her in the bassinet for 3 months and then moved her to her own room and into the crib gradually. By then she was sleeping comfortably thoughout the night.

If your baby is crying and you know she is fed and dry and she isn’t colicky, then go into her room without turning on any lights and lightly pat her without picking her up. Sometimes people think the baby is fully awake when they may simply be having bad dreams or feel hot or some discomfort. Sometimes a gentle patting till they fall back to sleep is all they need to chase the dreams away and make them feel secure enough to fall back into a deep sleep.
It may take quite a few minutes the first few days and repeat action several times during the night, but eventually she won’t need it. Same thing with feeding during the night. Worse thing people do is turn on all the lights and pick up the baby, unless you are feeding. Even then pick up but don’t turn on the lights. Babies don’t know the difference between night and day. Lights in the room will make them wake up. She needs to get use to the idea that lights out means sleep time. Also try to keep her up longer between feeding during the day. She may be sleeping more than she needs during the day.

As she gets use to sleeping longer stretches during the night, you can start to stretch out her feedings during the night. Don’t worry. She will just drink a lot more during the morning and eventually drink more at all her day feedings. She won’t starve and you want her to increase the amount she drinks, and not the amount of times she drinks.

But do check with your pediatrician. Two week old babies can’t tell you what is wrong. Make sure she is fit all around. And if your baby is colic, that is nothing to be overly concerned. Your baby will out grow that. My son was colicky for 3 months. I know breast milk is the best but I’ve heard (don’t know if this is true) that you may need to avoid certain foods. I would think if you have a lot of coffee, soda or chocolate, that you are pumping your kid with caffeine.

CWOTUS's avatar

There’s some good advice here.

My only follow-up question would be “what kind of crying?” Babies cry in all sorts of different ways, cries of immediate distress and pain obviously necessitate an immediate response, but “fussy baby” cries should probably be ignored – for the most part – and those are just the two extremes that I can think of from a 30-year removal from hearing those cries. In between, of course, are cries to indicate hunger, discomfort from a wet diaper (or worse discomfort from a wet diaper and diaper rash), gas or colic. (Later on, of course, will be teething pain, but you’re a good ways from that.)

As a new parent, one of your primary goals will be to identify the different cries that your baby makes so that you can expect and provide the necessary response soonest – or learn when to ignore, so that the baby will learn to soothe itself.

jca's avatar

My daughter slept 5 hours straight the first night I had her home from the hospital. I remember waking up around 5 a.m. and looking into the bassinette, seriously wondering if she were alive. Luckily she was a good sleeper for the most part. When I was pregnant, people told me I’d not be sleeping again for a long time and I found that not to be true. She was a great sleeper and I slept well, too.

If your baby cries like she’s in pain, you need to take her to the pediatrician. You don’t want her to suffer.

Cruiser's avatar

@jca…our boy both were sleeping through the night by the 2nd and 3rd week. I think the grandmas plum wore them out.

janbb's avatar

I’m pretty sure this was spam since the first response was an ad for a product and the OP’s account is deleted.

cheebdragon's avatar

Try a soy formula and try to prevent them from sucking in air through the bottle while they feed.

filmfann's avatar

Don’t expect her to sleep all night for at least 4 months.
Is she on mother’s milk or formula?
Does she continue to cry when she is held?

Judi's avatar

If she’s collicky my grand babies responded well to Gripe Water

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