Why Babies Cry

Babies cry for the same reason adults talk — to communicate.

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Crying is the only way for infants to tell us when something is wrong. But while the baby may know what’s wrong, it’s often more difficult for new parents to decipher the meaning of their baby’s cries. As your baby grows, you will learn to recognize and differentiate among her various cries. Newborns sometimes cry up to four hours a day, and each cry can send a different message.

I have gas

Gas is very common in infants, affecting three out of four babies. Gas bubbles can cause discomfort, making baby cry. Many infants with gas will also pull their legs up, lying in a curled position to help relieve their discomfort. Infants’ Mylicon® Drops can provide safe, effective relief for your baby by gently breaking up the gas bubbles.*
* Use only as directed. Do not exceed 12 times per day.

I’m in pain

A cry of pain is generally unmistakably loud and sudden, with long, high-pitched shrieks followed by a pause and then a wail. If you are unable to find a cause, and this type of crying persists or the baby is inconsolable, you should call your healthcare provider immediately.

I’m lonely or bored

Often your baby’s coos will turn to wails if they don’t get the attention they want or need. Rest assured that no amount of love, cuddling, hugging and caring will spoil your baby in the first six months, so go ahead and pick him/her up.

I’m tired or uncomfortable

If your baby’s cries are whiny, nasal and continuous, chances are they’re overtired, about to have a bowel movement, too warm, too cold or otherwise uncomfortable.

I just need to cry

If your baby is “good” all day, sometimes they just need to release energy by crying. This usually occurs at the end of the day, or the “witching hour.”

I’m cranky

Some babies are just fussy by nature. Irritable crying varies in duration and occurs randomly, without an apparent cause. If at any point your baby's cry seems out of the ordinary and continues to persist please contact your healthcare professional. Now that you know what may be causing your baby to cry, find out what you can do to calm your child and get them to sleep. Calming Your Crying Baby Baby Sleep Information

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