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:
- A wet or soiled nappy
- Trapped wind
- Being too hot or too cold
- Loneliness (wanting bodily contact or attention)
- 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
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.
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