NHS

Crying

Understanding why, keeping calm, getting help

All babies cry, especially in the first few weeks after birth. Crying is their way of letting you know they need something or are uncomfortable. They may need changing, they may be hungry or just need a cuddle.

When a baby cries, it can be upsetting, it can be easy to get frustrated and you may not be getting much sleep. It is very important to stay calm and don't be afraid to ask for help. No matter how tired and frustrated you feel, never shake your baby. Talk to a friend or your Health Visitor.

If your baby cries suddenly and often, but they otherwise appear to be happy and healthy, they may have Colic. Colic is common and although uncomfortable it is not serious and usually affects babies only in the first few months of their lives. The most common symptom of Colic is continuous crying, which typically occurs in the late afternoon or evening. Other signs include a flushed appearance, drawing their legs to their chest, clenching fists, passing wind and having trouble sleeping.

Crying (especially during or just after feeds) can be caused by reflux (acid indigestion). A baby will usually grow out of this. Check with your Health Visitor if it continues.

GP says

If your baby's crying seems different in any way (such as a very high-pitched cry or a whimper), then seek medical advice. Crying can sometimes be a sign that your baby is unwell. Trust your instincts - you know your baby best.

Cry-sis Helpline

Cry-sis offers support for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies. Call 08451 228 669 or visit www.cry-sis.org.uk

Health Visitor says

Know your baby. Try to understand what it is they need. Finding out why your baby is crying is often a matter of going through all the possible options.

 Things to check first are:

One

My baby is crying more than usual.

Two

Have you followed the advice given by your Health Visitor? Have you thought about what your baby is trying to tell you?

Three

If you have tried this and it has not worked speak to your Health Visitor, or contact your GP if you are worried.