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Newborn Fussiness Overview

Another name for Newborn Fussiness is Fussy Infant.

What is a fussy infant?
A fussy infant is irritable and cries constantly. Fussiness may be caused by any type of discomfort from hunger, to injury or infection.

What are the symptoms of a fussy infant?
Symptoms of fussy infants include persistent crying, irritable behavior, infant feeding problems, excessive gas, and a child who wants to be held constantly.

How does the doctor treat a fussy infant?
The treatment for a fussy infant is based on the underlying cause. Treatment may include fluids, fever control, and antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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