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Why do babies cry?

  • Hunger – The baby might be hungry. Babies eat as much as 8 to 12 times a day if breastfeeding, and 6 to 10 times a day if bottle-feeding.
  • Dirty diaper – Babies are uncomfortable in wet nappies. If left on too long, they may also get diaper rash. Be sure to change your baby's diaper frequently.
  • Too cold or hot – Babies have sensitive skin and get cold easily. They usually need to be bundled up in layers, but don't overdress them.
  • Attention – When babies get bored or when they want attention, they'll cry. Pick the baby up and rock her or rub her back to comfort her and let her know you're there.
  • Over-stimulation – When babies are getting too much attention, they'll cry to release tension. To relax the baby, put her in a dark, quiet room and rub her back.
  • Illness – Your baby may be ill. Take her temperature and contact your doctor if you are concerned.
  • Gas - Newborns need to be burped frequently. Otherwise, gas builds up and may become uncomfortable for the baby.
  • Sleepy - If your baby is tired and unable to settle down to sleep, try rocking, or lying the baby down.

What do I do if my baby is still crying?
Sometimes you won't be able to figure out what's wrong. You may have tried everything and the baby won't stop crying. She might have colic, which can last for three hours a day, at least three days a week. Colic usually goes away by the time a baby is 4 months old.
 

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