Inconsolable Crying


Your baby has only one way to communicate physical or emotional displeasure, and that’s with crying.  So how do caring parents interpret the needs of a one-word human?

Elementary, my dear Watson, the clues are in the tears!

Top Reasons Why Babies Cry

  • I’m Hungry!
  • It’s my diaper!
  • I’m tired!
  • Hold me!
  • My tummy hurts!
  • I need to burp!
  • I’m too hot!  I’m too cold!
  • I’m teething!
  • I’m bored!
  • I’m overstimulated!
  • I’m sick!

So What Can I Do With This Monosyllabic Language Of Tears?

Hunger:  If your baby smacks his lips and fusses or puts his hand in his mouth, these may be signs of hunger.  If you stoke his cheek and he turns his head to root at your hand, this may also be a sign that he’s hungry.

Dirty Diaper:  This one’s easy.  If it smells bad, change it.  If you’re uncertain, give it a check and change it if needed.

Needs Sleep:  The more tired she becomes, the harder she is to put to sleep.

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Hold Me:  Your baby bonds quickly to your face and voice and your heartbeat, and even the way you smell.  He feels secure in your presence, and there’s no such thing as too much baby time.  If you’re a busy mom or dad, try using a baby wrap to fill his attachment needs.

Dr. Blitzby's Baby Wrap Carrier



My Tummy Hurts:  This is a broad one, parents, and another one of those studies in Sherlock Holmes deduction.  Gas or colic (defined as crying 3 hours a day for 3 days a week for at least 3 weeks) can lead to lots of inconsolable crying.

If your baby cries after being fed, she may be feeling some degree of gastro-intestinal pain.  Lots of parents employ gas drops or gripe water to solve the problem, but we urge you to consult your baby’s pediatrician before using either product.



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