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@Celine Dear Celine, Looks like your four year old is very articulate and has found ways of telling you when she is upset either in as many words or by making some noises. Younger children often cry a lot as they can not express their frustration in any other way. Anger, sadness, joy and disappointment and many other emotions and feelings are all natural for kids. Encourage her to discuss more about why she is upset? What would make it better? Ask her would you rather tell mamma why you are angry or upset rather than running away? Having said that when we are angry we all need some way to let our steam off. If it is not disruptive let her do what she is doing. Hope she has a fun fourth birthday ahead! Best wishes.
@Navyz Thank you. We see this very often in young children. Usually when they are a little bit older. What you are describing may be what is referred to as growing pains. End of the day, both legs especially the calves hurt, kids may find comfort in massage etc. This is usually because they run around so much in the day time. If only we did half of what they do, our legs would cramp up even more. I would want to be reassuring but, make sure your pediatrician sees him once to ensure he is healthy, he may need iron or vitamin D supplements and your doctor will be best suited for that.
@Nilima He is waking up for the comfort of feeding! not because he is hungry. It is hard not to think he is not hungry if he keeps waking up, but believe me he does not need feeding. You feed him and thats the incentive for him to keep waking up. Try to stop, offer him some water instead and just get him to go back to sleep. There isn't anything terribly wrong in taking one or two feeds in the night. But remember, he does not need it and do it only if you do not find it too disruptive. But better to wean him off this habit.
@Meera Dear Meera, I think your intuition as a mother that it must be just fuss is probably right. Do you force feed her? Are meal times a bit of a struggle? 1 year olds start developing a personality and they want to be in control! See if you can work with her temperament. Make meal times fun, let her eat (rather have messy play) with a plate of some food infront of her when you eat. If she wants to go without a meal on an off chance let her be! She will look forward to some food if she goes hungry. After food if she is crying consistently there can be a few issues (although no major health concern to worry about) get her checked out once. One thing to watch for is to see if she has hard stools. If she is passing pellet like stools. In summary: No major underlying issues, but keep a watch Make meal times fun Do not force feed and see how it goes. Good luck!
@jay Dear Jay, A very common concern that I come across with parents of newborns. Babies have this habit of sleeping a lot when they were in the hospital (sometimes even at night) and when you come home after a few days take the parents by surprise. Ask most parents, they will remember those sleepless nights in the first few weeks and months. Babies have only one language when they are that small (your three week old niece is yet to learn to smile even) the only language to express anything from pain to hunger to simple boredom or call your attention to a dirty nappy, too much wrapping, too little wrapping, pick me up to I don't like the noise and light - she has only one way of letting out her steam : crying. Babies are like our IT teams working for US time zones! They sleep in the day time and stay awake at night. Most of the life in mother's womb she would have done this: as the mother walks around in the day time inside the womb the baby is rocked to sleep. This sleep pattern continues for a period after birth. Before jumping into conclusion about Not enough milk: 1. Make sure your niece is putting on weight (her pediatrician would have checked this) 2. Expect babies to cry at night as their quota of sleep is finished 3. Make sure she doesnt need a diaper change, needs more or less warmth etc 4. Ask your brother-in-law to improve his singing skills, hold, rock, talk and sing to the baby : works well for boredom and I want a cuddle kind of situations. 5. I suggest your sister offers breast feeds often, once every 2-3 hours at least And yes I think your doctor is right, baby will do well with breast milk alone. Take advice on any other form of feeding from your doctor. Giving cow's milk is a complete No-No at this age. Last but not the least, Mother needs to learn the trick of sleeping when her baby sleeps. Otherwise she will be soon exhausted. If she is, help her out take turns to console the baby at night. Good Luck!