A fussy baby or toddler is a challenge for any parent. Up to 20% of babies are termed high needs, whether due to simple temperament differences, colic or a more debilitating regulatory disorder. Understanding whether it is a normal developmental stage (colic), a temperament issue or a more pervasive regulatory disorder is an essential aspect of intervention.
Past the age of three months fussy babies may be exhibiting signs of a regulatory disorder. Many of these mothers feel like bad parents and suffer from depression. This talk will be specific to those parents battling with high needs infants past the three-month mark. The practical information for parents will cover:
- What are the problems mothers experience with fussy babies
- Strategies to cope with fussy babies
- When is it a regulatory disorder and who can help