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Why Your Baby Cries

By Heather Winter 1 min read

Q: Why does my baby seem to cry so much?

Babies cry to communicate their needs. They can be hungry, tired, may need a nappy change or need to be cuddled or burped. Crying is common during the first few months of life and it can be more noticeable in the late afternoon or evening. Crying times peak between 6 and 8 weeks of age.

Sometimes, you will notice that babies will draw their legs up to their tummies and appear to be unsettled—it may indicate they have wind. A warm bath and a cuddle may help to alleviate this problem.

If you are experiencing frustration or anxiety over your baby, place baby in their cot, take some deep breaths to try and calm yourself, and seek help and support from family or friends.

If you have any health concerns regarding your baby, contact your GP for advice. Parents who are experiencing difficulties with uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby can seek help from their local early childhood centre, Tresillian or Karitane (in Australia), or Well Child Provider or PlunketLine (in New Zealand).


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Heather Winter is a midwife with Sydney Adventist Hospital.


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