Crying Baby

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baby crying Needless to say all babies cry. It is their way of communicating.

It may be true that a baby never cries for no reason, but in time you will learn how to discern between the real cry and the attention seeker cry. It is ideal if you respond to both of them, as a baby crying for attention is a sign of a neglected baby.

Most of the time babies can be settled down from crying by solving the cause of it, just by checking the basic things that can be done by any parent.

Possible causes for crying

  • Is baby hungry? If you think the cause of crying could be hunger, the easiest solution for baby crying is to feed him straight away. Some parents make the mistake of leaving a baby hungry for a short (or longer!) period of time in order to stick to a certain routine. Babies should never be left to get hungry. Besides, it's worth remembering that, the more they cry, the more they're likely to swallow air and get colic.
  • Is baby thirsty? This could be the cause of crying, particularly after a feed or before bedtime. If your baby is fighting sleep and cries, offering a bottle or sippy cup with water at room temperature might help him settle down easier and go to sleep. The same at night time.
  • Is baby in pain? If the baby is crying and pulling his knees up to his chest, shows pain expressions on his face, closes his fists tightly, it could be that the baby is in pain. It could be tummy ache caused by gas or it could be something more serious. Try and soothe your baby by rubbing his back, his tummy, covering him with a warm blanket, nursing him tight to your body, giving him an appropriate dose of Calpol or Nurofen. If he is still crying continuously over half an hour, call your GP or health visitor. If baby is crying and scratching his face and pulling his ears, call your GP straight away or go to the hospital with him for a check, as this could be a sign of infection.
  • Baby is not getting enough breast milk. The crying could be a sign of poor and insufficient milk supply, so baby doesn't get enough and goes hungry.
  • Is it nappy changing time? Crying could be an effort to let you know he needs his nappy changed. Some babies are fussy about their nappy and will make a big fuss as soon as they filled it. (This is obviously a good thing, as it lessens the chances of a nappy rash.)

Some parents found out that things like taking the baby out in the pram or for a short drive or giving baby a bath often help him go to sleep.

If the baby is still crying after trying the basic checklist above, look for advice from your GP or HV or try the NHS direct number, 0845 4647, available 24/7 or the Cry-sis charity organisation, dedicated to supporting parents with excessively crying babies, or 08451228669.