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The Reaons Babies Cry


crying-baby-imageCrying is a normal event in the lives of all babies. When a baby comes out of the womb, the first thing he/she does is cry. During the first cry the baby will take air into the lungs for the first time in their life. After delivery, if the baby does not cry then it should be initiated by slightly pinching or gently stroking the feet. From this it is clear that the healthy baby should cry and it is a normal physiological event ,still sometimes it can upset the mother or family members.

We all know that a baby can’t tell his needs or troubles in words. The only way for him  to communicate with others is by crying. Babies show some other signs like feet kicking, hand waving and head turning etc. but the best way for them to get the attention of others is by crying.
Excessive crying may not have a firm definition because the crying habit changes from baby to baby and some babies can be calmed easily but some are difficult to sooth. If crying is distressing for the mother and home nurse it can be called excessive. Many a times baby will become quiet by giving him/her breast milk or by carrying with a gentle rocking motion. Sudden onset of excessive crying means your baby is distressed and needs attention. The causes of crying extends from simple reasons to life threatening conditions. Hence crying of a baby should not be ignored.

Most of the time it is difficult to find the cause of the crying so we will discuss some of the common causes of crying, for your awareness.

Common Reasons For Crying

1, Hunger:– A hungry baby will cry till he gets  milk. Here the old saying comes true “a crying baby gets the milk.”

2, Wetting:– Urination and defecation causes some discomfort for your baby and results in crying till his parts are cleaned and dried.

3, Company:– The majority of the kids need somebody near them at all times.  If they feel lonely they cry. When their favorite toy slips away from their grip they cry for help until they get it back.

4, Tired:–  When the baby is tired after a journey and unable to sleep they simply  cry. This is a sign that they feel tired in uncomfortable surroundings and due to an unhealthy climate.

5 ,Heat & cold:– If a baby feels too hot or too cold they become restless and cry. Children are comfortable in rooms with good ventilation .

6, Tight clothing:– Tight clothes, especially in warm climates, are intolerable for kids. Tight elastic of the dresses can also produce soreness in the baby’s hip region.

7, Dark rooms:– When the baby wakes up from sleep he needs some dim light. If there is darkness he will disturb the sleep of parents by crying. Of course he will be irritated by strong light which will also result in crying. Night Lights are perfect for solve this problem.

8, Mosquito’s/Insects:– Mosquito’s and other small insects disturb the baby’s sleep by their blood sucking and make the baby cry.

9,Nasal blocking:– Children may not be able to sleep when they have a cold and go on crying till their nasal passage is clear.

10, Phlegm in throat:–This also causes difficult breathing resulting in crying. Often a typical sound can be heard with each breath.

11, General aching:– Generalized body ache with restlessness is seen in flu and prodromal stages of some infectious diseases can result in continuous crying.

12, Habitual Crying:— Some babies cry without any real cause which puts the parents in agony. Many times doctor is called for help.

13, Diaper rash:– If a tight and wet diaper is kept on for a long time results in an uncomfortable diaper rash for a baby. Rash can also be due to an allergic reaction to the elastic material of the diaper.  When the rash appears it causes soreness and baby become sleepless and cries.  All other skin lesions like eczema, ecthyma , candidiasis etc  also cause the same problems.

14, Earache:– Ear infection is common in wet climate and the infection may spread from the throat. Ear infections can result in the rupture of ear drum causing discharge of pus. Eareaches usually become worse at night when lying down. A child will become restless and cry and may not allow you to touch the ear. Some children with earaches rub the affected ear frequently.

15, Colic:– When a baby cries continuously most of us diagnose it as colic. This problem is still a topic for debate because the exact cause for colic is not known and diagnosis is also difficult to confirm. Colic may be associated with rumbling and distention of abdomen. The child often feels better when lying on his/her stomach. Some children may not allow you to touch their stomach. If the child cries continuously, a doctor’s help is needed.

16, Infections:– All infections causes some kind of pain or irritation resulting in crying. An infection may be anywhere in the body and usually it is associated with fever, redness and swelling.

17, Reactions to certain food:– It is said that one man’s food is another man’s poison.  Some foods can produce some allergic reactions in children. Allergy  is manifested in the form of redness, breathlessness, gastric symptoms and continuous crying.

18 Hard stools:– Constipated babies with hard stools may cry when they get the urge to pass stool. Some children hesitate to pass stool because of the pain .

19 ,Gastro esophageal reflex:–This is when a baby cries with spilling of food after feeding. If this continues it may be due to gastro-esophageal reflex. This is due to failure of the lower part of esophagus to close after eating food, causing regurgitation from the stomach. It is difficult to diagnose this condition and can be confirmed by giving antacid medicines.
20, Dentition:– During dentition a child becomes restless with crying. Often associated with gastric troubles and diarrhea.

Some Rare Reasons

1, Bowel obstruction:– Bowel obstruction (constipation) is associated with severe pain and vomiting. The abdomen generally produces a rumbling sound when there is bowel obstruction.

2, Septicemia:– Invasion of pathogenic micro organisms into the blood is called septicemia. Fever is associated with this condition.

3, Torsion of testes in male children:– When a male baby cries continuously his scrotum should be examined. Torsion of the testes produce severe pain which will be worse by touching the affected testes. Pain is relieved when the testes are pressed upwards. If this is not treated properly it can damage the affected  testes due to lack of blood supply.

4, Meningitis:– Initially there may not be fever, hence crying baby with alternate vacant stare and irritability should not be ignored. Fontanel is bulging. Neck rigidity and seizures may appear later.

5, Retention of urine:– Children with retention of urine will have agonizing pain making them  restless.

6, Major injuries:– Major injury to any parts of the body causes pain. Occasionally children will fall while playing which results in head injury. Head injury is associated with reflex vomiting and convulsions.


If you still need help with your baby’s crying, I have found this book to be wonderful and very informative: Calm the Crying: The Secret Baby Language That Reveals the Hidden Meaning Behind an Infant’s Cry.

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