My baby is crying! The causes and tips at a glance

All babies cry. That’s a fact. Babies cry the most during the first three months. This article describes approximately how much a baby cries, what the causes are and what you can do. But when does a baby cry too much or does it become too much for you? Read more about this topic below.

  • A baby’s crying behavior
  • When is my baby a crybaby?
  • Why does a baby cry?
  • Other causes of the crying behavior may be:
  • Physical causes of a crying baby
  • What can you do?

A baby’s crying behavior

After birth, a baby cries for an average of one to one and a half hours per day. Crying increases during the first weeks and amounts to two to two and a half hours per day around six weeks. One in eight children under six months of age cries for more than three hours a day once a week. This is also the case with a quarter of four-week-old babies.

When is my baby a crybaby?

It has been stated that a baby can be called a crybaby if he cries more than three days a week, for more than three weeks, for more than three hours a day. What is just as important is your own peace of mind about this and to what extent it is manageable for yourself within your family? Maybe you are on your own or maybe you have a larger family? Or are you someone who is sensitive to the unrest caused by a lot of crying in the house? Set your boundaries. If it becomes too much for you, it is always important to involve someone who can take over for you. If you are concerned about your child because you suspect that something else is going on, sound the alarm and explain clearly why you think something else could be going on.

Why does a baby cry?

  • Dirty diaper.
  • Hunger: In the beginning it is sometimes unclear whether he is still hungry or perhaps something else. Keep track of when and how much your baby has eaten. Always remember that a warm bottle or breast is always nice for your child, even though he might not actually be hungry. So be careful not to give too much!
  • Thirst: During the warm summer days or the dry-heated house in the winter, a baby can sometimes be a bit thirsty. Then give a few small sips of water.
  • Too hot or too cold.
  • Fatigue: Some babies fall asleep right away, but many other babies fall asleep crying. One after five minutes, the other after fifteen or twenty minutes of crying. It is not easy to leave a crying child in his crib. But look at the clock and keep an eye on the time. Your child may need to cry for 15 minutes before falling asleep. You also learn to listen to the way your child cries. Is it increasing or decreasing? Is he whining? Get to know his cry. Always put your child to bed immediately at the first signs of fatigue.
  • Abdominal colic: Many babies suffer from abdominal colic. Abdominal colic can be recognized by the fact that babies kick hard with their legs, cry loudly and angrily and overextend their bodies. Crying also often starts at the end of the afternoon and continues during the evening.

Other causes of the crying behavior may be:

  • Feeding problems (spitting, diarrhea, colic, constipation, too much or too little, allergies)
  • Infections.
  • Allergy, eczema, birth trauma, immature nervous system, spinal abnormality or breathing problems.

Physical causes of a crying baby

There are many reasons why a baby might cry and some other reasons, for example a medical one.
Below are a number of symptoms that may indicate a physical cause:

  • Persistent crying in a high-pitched voice.
  • Crying all day long instead of only in the evening as with colic.
  • Weight loss due to spitting up and diarrhea (Always intervene immediately if a baby is spitting up and has diarrhea! A baby can become seriously dehydrated within a day!)
  • If the crying does not start until after four to six weeks.

What can you do?

Always do this in consultation with your doctor so that we can determine together what is best for your child.

  • If you have an allergic child, you can switch to hypoallergenic food.
  • Baby massage can also relax a baby. It is also good for physical contact with mother and child or father and child.
  • The 3 R’s: Rest, Regularity and Cleanliness, with or without swaddling. Babies like to know what awaits them. When the days are always the same, they find the peace they need.

There are also many knowledgeable specialists who can assist you in all kinds of areas. From a lactation expert to an osteopath. Always consult with your doctor first.

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