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Why Is My Baby Crying?

Babies cry for lots of reasons, but usually because they want something. You'll soon begin to work out why your baby is crying.
 
Babies cry for lots of reasons, but usually because they want something. Health visitor Dawn Kelly explains in the short video below, ‘Why do babies cry?’:

You'll soon begin to work out why your baby is crying, but in the early days and when you feel like you're running on empty, sometimes it can be hard. If you are struggling to work out why your baby is crying, here are some of the most common reasons:

  • They are hungry
  • They are frustrated because food isn't coming fast enough
  • They are wet or have a dirty nappy
  • They have wind
  • They have colic
  • They are hot or cold
  • They are frightened by a new environment
  • They don't like bright lights or loud noises
  • They are uncomfortable, for example, perhaps his/her clothes are too tight
  • They are tired, but can't sleep
  • They are bored, lonely, or want to play

If you think your baby is in pain or might be ill, contact your doctor, midwife or public health nurse. In this video, health visitor Dawn Kelly describes signs that you should take your baby to your GP:

If you can't tell why your baby is crying, comfort them and talk, sing or distract him/her. You could also try taking them for a walk or a quick car trip, or just rock him/her gently to calm them. If your baby doesn't stop crying, you will more than likely be feeling frustrated and exhausted. Remember, if you've done what you can and they are still crying, it's not your fault. It's not your baby's fault either – some babies just cry more than others. It is important to stay calm. If you need a break, ask your partner, a friend or relative to take over. If you're on your own and feel like you are really struggling, try putting your baby down in their cot, make sure they are safe, and leave the room for a minute. Don't leave your baby alone for long, just long enough for you to take a few deep breaths and calm yourself.
If your baby cries all the time, ask your midwife or public health nurse for help.

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