What To Do When Baby Cries

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All babies cry.

They cry because they are hungry, cold, wet, tired, bored, warm, or just uncomfortable.

Doctors have found that during the first 7 weeks of life, a baby may cry 2½ hours a day. Babies usually cry less as they grow older and they find other ways to calm themselves, like sucking on pacifiers or fingers or playing with their hands. While crying is normal, some babies seem to cry for no reason. They are not easily calmed, and they cry for long periods of time. These babies are often referred to as having colic.

What Is Colic?

These signs may mean that a baby has colic:

A colicky baby may also do one or more of these things:

What Causes Colic?

We don't know for sure, but babies may cry because ...

Tips for Remedy and Relief

There is no cure for colic, but there are some things you can do to comfort a fussy baby. To help baby cry less, follow these tips:

Try these ideas, too:


Seeking Medical Help

If you find that your newborn cries a great deal, see a doctor to be sure there isn't a medical problem. Parents of colicky babies shouldn't be afraid to talk openly with their doctors. It's important to mention any concerns you have so you can put them at rest. In some situations a doctor may prescribe medicine, but there is not any medicine yet that completely cures colic in all infants. If medication is prescribed, ask your doctor to talk about the possible side effects.

Coping Techniques for Parents

Caring for a colicky infant can be very difficult. The frustration may become overwhelming. Parents of a colicky baby need to have a plan to help them get through the stress of colic. Keep these ideas and tips in mind:

It can really try your patience to have a baby with colic.

Just remember that the crying should happen less often as baby grows older, and be sure to ask others for the help you need during these difficult months.

Books can also be very helpful. Here is one to look for in your library or local bookstore. Even though newer books are available, this one still gives some of the very best advice: