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Crying: Red Flags

by Maxine
Posted August 5 2010 11:46am
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“Uh oh—Alex is crying—again! I wonder what‘s the matter.”

Does this sound familiar?

A baby’s crying often makes parents feel helpless or frustrated—asking, “Why is she crying?”

Babies cry because it’s the only way they have of verbally communicating. It’s their way of saying, “I need you to...” It’s up to you, as parents, to figure out the rest of the sentence. Over time, you will learn just what your baby is trying to tell you.

Babies between birth and 6 months old can cry for 15 minutes at a stretch and for a total of 3 hours each day. Even a strong, hearty cry is normal.

Here's a list of the most common reasons babies cry. Use it as a guide or checklist:

  • Hungry or thirsty
  • Wet or soiled diaper
  • Lonely
  • Too hot or too cold
  • Pain
  • Gas
  • Tired
  • Bored
  • Overstimulation
  • Sick
  • Sometimes, no apparent reason

Still concerned?

Call your doctor if your baby displays any of the following signs:

  • High-pitched cry
  • Weak or feeble cry
  • Inconsolable cry that lasts longer than 3 hours

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