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Baby Crying Advice

Every baby cries, particularly during the first few weeks of life. Babies can't talk so they use crying as a way of expressing themselves and communicating their needs. Sometimes, it can be hard to work out why your baby is crying. Some common causes include:

  • Hunger
  • Thirst
  • A wet or soiled nappy
  • Tiredness
  • Trapped wind
  • Being too hot or too cold
  • Loneliness (wanting bodily contact or attention)
  • Boredom
  • Being uncomfortable, for example if their clothing or covers are too tight
  • Being over-stimulated or frightened, for example if there is too much noise or activity
  • Colic

Finding out why a baby is crying is often a matter of going through all the possible options. If there is no obvious cause for the crying, a number of techniques can be used to soothe a crying baby, like listening to music or going for a walk. 

Click here to find out more about colic, how to cope with crying and when you should seek medical help.

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Last Updated: 29/05/2019