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The Reasons Why Babies Cry

The Reasons Why Babies Cry

Handling a crying baby is an inseparable part of parenting. Babies may cry due to various reasons. However, if parents are aware of the reasons why babies cry, it will is easier for them to soothe their babies. Read on to know about the various reasons why babies cry.

Crying baby is very frustrating and disturbing for new parents. Since the source of the problem is not known and the infant is unable to communicate, the problem usually increases and ends in panic like situation. You want to do anything to soothe your newborn. But, you need to know why your child is crying first.

Keep in mind that babies always cry when there is any reason. You need to know all possible reasons specially if you are a new parent. This will help you decode and find out the reason why your baby is crying at the moment.

Reasons Your Baby is Crying

Have a quick look at the reasons why babies cry.

  1. Hungry – Since you are a new parent your infant might be crying because he is hungry. The baby grows very quickly and perhaps he is hungry more often than you expected.
  1. Thirsty – May be your child is feeling thirsty. Try feeding him with some normal water. But this could be done only after consulting the doctor so that you give him safe water to drink.
  1. Diaper – If the diaper is dirty or wet, the child feels uncomfortable and cries. Check the diaper first. 
  1. Something is Hurting – Cautiously remove the dress of the infant and check whether any small insect or something else is hurting him. May be the outfit you have put on the baby has a tag that is irritating him or his finger is wrapped in some cloth.
  1. Tired – You must be surprised to know but infants get tired lying on the bed most of the time. Give him a thorough body massage with baby oil and he will be fine. If it is time for bath, give him a warm water bath after massage.
  1. Closeness – Sometimes all an infant wants is to be held. May be he will stop crying as soon as you pick him up.
  1. Too Hot or Too Cold – Babies cry if they are feeling too hot or too cold. Most of the parents have the tendency to overdress the infants. This causes discomfort and uneasiness. 
  1. Need a Burp – Though burping is not necessary but if you find that your child gets uncomfortable after feeding, give him a burp so that he is relieved of the pressure.
  1. Colic – If your baby cries most of the time and apart from doing all the checks you find everything fine, it might be colic. You cannot do much about this and it will subside after few months.
  1. Sick – Babies cry when they have temperature, or a blocked nose. It is good to consult the pediatrician and get medication as soon as possible.

The reasons and the soothing tips are going to help new parents for majority of time. However, sometimes infants cry just to attract the attention of their parents. Sometimes they cry without any reason also. So, if you find that your child is crying just because of his temperament, try to avoid the crying for sometime.

Most often crying for no apparent reason is a phase that passes off in due course of time. So, relax and be assured that when your child will start communicating in other ways, the crying will get reduced to a great extent, hopefully. Once the child will start talking, the fussy crying will stop. If you find coping with the situation difficult, ask help from your husband and other family members.

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Alka Gupta
Alka Gupta.7 years ago
It is a very difficult time for me as my baby cries very frequently. My husband also gets disturbed due to this. I do not know how to handle this so I put him in my arms and pat him. If I keep him down, he again cries.
Nivedita.7 years ago
I am a new mother. My baby is always crying. Even after I feed her, she cries after sometime. I do not know the reason. Does she have colic or is she hungry?
Keertishree.7 years ago
It is very difficult to understand why a baby is crying. I think this is a learned experience. As a mother sometimes I fail to know the reason of his incessant crying.
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