How to Respond to Your Crying Baby

All babies cry, often without any apparent cause.  Newborns cry for many reasons.  It is one of their only means of communicating their needs.  Newborns routinely cry a total of one to four hours a day. It’s part of adjusting to this new life outside the womb.

Listening to a wailing newborn can be agonizing, but letting your frustration turn to anger or panic will only intensify your infant’s screams. No parent can console her child every time she cries, so don’t expect to be a miracle worker with your baby. The more relaxed you remain, the easier it will be to console your child. Even very young babies are sensitive to tension around them and react to it by crying.  If you start to feel that you can’t handle the situation, get help from another family member or a friend. Not only will this give you needed relief, but a new face sometimes can calm your baby when all your own tricks are spent.

If you have ruled out any urgent problems, needs or health issues, sometimes the best approach is simply to leave the baby alone. Many babies cannot fall asleep without crying, and will go to sleep more quickly if left to cry for a while. The crying should not last long if the child is truly tired.

 When to Call Muddy Creek Pediatrics

If your baby is inconsolable no matter what you do, he may be sick. Check his temperature. If you take it rectally and it is over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), he could have an infection. Contact us immediately in this situation for an appointment.  If it is afterhours, and your baby is inconsolable or exhibits symptoms of illness, we can help you sort through the situation and help you decide whether or not your child requires urgent care.

 Click here for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics.