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Is it normal for my baby to cry all the time?

Is it normal for my baby to cry all the time?


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Yes. Assuming that your baby has been checked out by a doctor and is healthy, lots of crying is usually perfectly normal.

The cry of a sick baby tends to sound different from one caused by hunger or frustration. And sometimes babies cry even if they're not sick, hungry, frustrated, or need a diaper change. But if your baby's crying "just doesn't sound right," trust your instincts and call or see a healthcare provider.

Research shows that crying follows a developmental pattern during the first few months of life. Crying increases at 2 or 3 weeks of age, peaks between 6 and 8 weeks, and then slows down after that, generally hitting its lowest level by around 4 months. Babies also cry more often in the late afternoon and early evening, which might be when they need to release tension after a long day.

Some babies have colic, broadly defined as uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. If your baby is younger than 5 months old and cries for more than three hours in a row on three or more days a week for at least three weeks, chances are he's colicky.

Colic isn't a disease, and it won't cause your baby any long-term harm, but it's a tough thing to go through for both babies and their parents. Fortunately, it's temporary, and a few coping techniques can help you through it.

Before you reach the end of your rope, get detailed advice and tips from experts and parents in our articles on why babies cry and how to soothe them and what to do if your baby cries for "no reason."

Whatever you do, don't express your frustration by shaking your baby. Shaking your baby violently can cause brain damage and even death. Read more about shaken baby syndrome, which is a form of abusive head trauma.

If you find yourself getting frustrated, gently lay your baby down in his crib and take a few deep breaths. Ask a friend or relative to come over and help you take a break to calm down. If no one's available to lend support, contact a local crisis hotline or child abuse hotline – the people who staff these hotlines know how to help.


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