Comforting methods can help
Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop.
Think are they: hungry, tired, or in need of a nappy change? Try simple calming techniques such as singing to the baby or going for a walk.
Babies can cry for different reasons like when they are hungry, wet/dirty or if they are unwell. Sometimes babies can cry for no particular reason.
Check these basic needs and try some simple calming techniques. Some of these will work for your baby, some may not work and some may increase the crying. Something that worked for your baby yesterday, may not work today. It can be so frustrating but it really is just about staying calm, knowing your baby, understanding this is normal and you are not a bad parent, and that this is a phase that will pass.
Not all of these will work all of the time but remember – that’s ok
How to comfort your baby
When should you worry about a baby’s crying?
Medical professionals will always be prepared to see your baby if you have serious concerns. You should seek professional or medical help if you notice your baby has any of the following:
- A rash that does not fade when you press a glass against it. This requires URGENT medical help and may be meningitis. More information can be found here
- A fit (seizue or convulsion);
- A cry that doesn’t sound normal, like a very high-pitched cry;
- Breathing is a struggle or noisy or unusually fast;
- Skin is greyish, mottled, blue or unusually pale;
- When you check their temperature it is high:
- Babies UNDER 3 months: 38º C/ 100.4º F;
- Babies BETWEEN 3 – 6 months: 39º C/ 102.2º F.