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Understanding why

All babies cry, especially in the first few weeks after birth. Crying is their way of letting you know they need something or are uncomfortable. They may need changing, they may be hungry or just need a cuddle. Always burp your baby after a feed as this will help.

If your baby cries suddenly and often, but they otherwise appear to be happy and healthy, they may have colic. Colic is common and although uncomfortable it is not serious and usually affects babies only in the first few months of their lives. The most common symptom of colic is continuous crying, which typically occurs in the late afternoon or evening. Other signs include a flushed appearance, drawing their legs to their chest, clenching fists, passing wind and trouble sleeping.

When a baby cries, it can be upsetting. It is very important to stay calm and don't be afraid to ask for help. Try taking your baby for a walk in the pram or a drive in the car to soothe them. Do not shake your baby. 

GP says

If your baby's crying seems different in any way (such as a very high-pitched cry or a whimper), then seek medical advice. Crying can sometimes be a sign that your baby is unwell. Trust your instincts - you know your baby best.

Health Visitor says

Know your baby. Try to understand what it is they need. Try and find out why your baby is crying by going through this list.

Things to check first are:

These are simple things which could be causing your baby to cry.


My baby is crying more than usual.


Have you followed the advice given by your Health Visitor? Have you thought about what your baby is trying to tell you, it may be something really simple.


If you have tried this and it has not worked speak to your Health Visitor, or contact your GP if you are worried.