Babies cry. They cry when they are wet, cold, hungry, or just need to be cuddled.
Careful research has shown that all babies cry about the same amount of time each day, no matter how much attention is given to them or where in the world they live or in what kind of society they are raised in. Thus, it would seem reasonable to believe that crying is actually a part of early infant development.
Still crying may irritate parents or caregivers. It is important to stay calm since reactions such as shaking, slapping, or spanking can seriously harm a child who is just expressing his or her normal development.
For babies, when cry is accompanied by the following, contact your healthcare provider:
- Tense or bloated abdomen
- Refusal to feed
Some babies cry more or louder than others, but they all cry. Our job is to soothe, feed, care for, and love them when they do. When you need to, it is perfectly okay to walk away and restore.
- Feed (breast or bottle)
- Walk away from a crying baby until you are calm if they will not be consoled.
Whatever you do, don’t get so frustrated that you inflict harm, and don’t ever shake your baby. Seek support to avoid:
- Shaking your baby. Ever, ever, ever.
- Losing your cool
- Feeling you are a bad parent because your baby cries
It is fine to ask for help and seek relief from a crying baby. That way, you both will be happier and more content in the long run.