Why is my baby crying all the time?
When it has to do with the baby crying, there are few fixed rules. After all, no two babies are mere copies, and what might work for one may not work for another.
But there is one thing all babies share, and that’s a tendency to cry.
The extent of those little wails baby crying will, of course, vary from one to one, but most new parents can expect to deal with one to three hours of the baby crying every day.
Why? Because it’s baby’s first—and only—way of communicating her needs.
You cannot use a Google Translate option to help figure out what a crying baby is trying to tell us, but there are some common reasons behind a baby crying.
Read on to learn how to calm a baby crying, plus helpful tips for easing those tears.
baby crying sound
Babies cry for different reasons, and crying is the main way babies communicate.
It’s the way they attract your attention and express their needs for a thing.
At first, it may be not so easy to interpret your baby’s different cries, but as you spend more time with her, you will become better at recognizing and meeting your child’s particular needs.
Common reasons babies cry
- Fatigue or sleepiness
- Pain or illness
- Colic, acid reflux, or food allergies
- Dirty diaper
- Stranger anxiety or fear
- Overstimulation from noise or activity
You have a baby unresponsive or indifferent?
Most babies use crying to communicate and they will keep crying or showing that they are upset until a parent or caregiver responds to their calls.
Other babies, instead of crying, become fussy and then tune out and fail to show any emotion. If you think about it, you probably know more than an adult who acts this way when faced with difficulty.
An unresponsive baby might seem like an easy baby, because they may be agreeable and quiet. But a baby who doesn’t respond to you, the environment, and sensory influences need help. Call your pediatrician for this right away.
Having a baby crying in sleep?
Newborns and little babies may grunt, cry, or scream in their sleep.
Very young children’s bodies have not yet got the hang of the challenges of a regular sleep cycle, so it is usual for them to wake frequently or make strange sounds in their sleep.
For babies, crying is their main form of communication. It makes sense, then, that babies cry so often and might also cry in their sleep.
As long as a baby does not have additional concerning symptoms, such as other signs of sickness or pain, this is developmentally normal, and not a sign that something is not ok.
As babies develop different ways to express themselves, crying while asleep may be a sign that they are having a nightmare or night fear.
Toddlers and older babies who cry in sleep, especially while moving in bed or making other sounds, maybe having night fears.
A nightmare occurs during light sleep, or random eye movement sleep. Night fears, on the other hand, occur when a child becomes quite agitated during the deeper phases of sleep. Children are more probably to cry from night terrors early in the night.
Night terrors are relatively rare and usually occur in children between 4 and 12 years old, though some have reported possible night terrors in babies as young as 18 months old.
Night terrors may be more likely to occur if a child is ill or sleep-deprived.
Also, you can read Different reasons behind your newborn crying
baby wakes up crying
It’s very common for even the best sleepers to suddenly start having troubles, whether it’s a difficulty falling asleep at bedtime or abruptly waking up in the night.
Starting at the age of 6 months, separation anxiety can cause babies to wake up crying more than once in the night. Don’t be surprised if your fearful baby does this and wants only you – or only your partner.
Other common reasons for night-waking in previously good sleepers include illness or a looming developmental leap.
In those cases, there are a couple of things to do, in addition to treating the fever or throat or ear pain that’s making your ill baby uncomfortable.
First, make sure that the little one is getting enough amount of sleep in general.
It may seem counterintuitive, but the fewer sleep babies get, the more likely they are to have difficulty settling down at bedtime and staying asleep through the night.
So be consistent about putting your baby to bed for naps during the day and getting him to bed at a reasonable time in the evening.
When your baby wakes up during the night, be calming and soothing, but boring. Let him know that everything is okay, but that it’s the time of sleep.
Stay with him until he’s calm, but keep the conversation to a minimum and the lights dimmed. It may take a few nights or even a few weeks to get back on track,
but the closer you stick to your baby’s regular sleep routine, the sooner the problem will be solved.
Also, you can read Understand your newborn crying
how to stop a baby from crying?
The best way to soothe a crying baby is to first have an idea of why is the baby crying, so you can quickly understand his needs.
Without knowing what’s causing those tears, parents often try a bunch of different soothing techniques,
Betsis says, but in doing so, they often miss the window of opportunity to solve the real problem, and the baby crying increases.
If you still have a crying baby on your hands after checking for all the common culprits mentioned above,
try the “Five S’s”—general soothing techniques pediatrician Harvey Karp, MD, outlines in his book Happiest Baby on the Block.
Here’s a conclusion of how to make the baby stop crying using these helpful tips and tricks:
Swaddle. Babies love being swaddled. It provides them with a sense of security and reminds them of their days back in the womb.
The first step to calming your crying baby is to wrap them in a snug (but not too tight!) swaddle with baby’s arms at her side.
Side or stomach position. Hold the baby on his side or on his tummy over your arm.
Both positions are comforting for him and can help resolve gas and other tummy issues.
Shush. Make a gentle shushing sound directly into the baby’s ear, which is similar to the noises he heard in the womb.
It is ok to amp up the volume a bit for a crying baby.
Swing. Try swinging him or gently jiggling baby to get him to calm down (while always taking care to support baby’s head and neck).
Babies are used to these kinds of motions from their time in utero and can be startled by stillness shortly after birth.
Suck. According to Karp, many fussy babies deeply relax when they suck on something.