Why is my baby crying?

You’ve fed her, changed her nappy and tried the burping position, but she carries on yowling like you’ve broken her heart.

Here are some other causes of a baby’s crying she would tell you about if she could.

I want to move
: Sometimes a change of position is all that's needed. Otherwise, a rocking session or walk through the house is enough to soothe a crying baby. A change of scenery to look at the trees outside or go round the block in the pram could help you both feel better.

I'm lonely: Sometimes simply seeing you, hearing your voice or being cuddled may stop the tears. Gentle massage or light pats on the back may work, too. Hearing your voice talking or singing a simple song is wonderfully soothing for a baby who has been hearing you for nine months in the womb.

I'm hot:
A baby who's too hot or cold is likely to be uncomfortable. Add or remove a layer of your baby's clothing as needed. The general rule is that your baby needs one more light layer than you, especially for the first few months and in cold weather.

I want to suck on something:
Sucking is a natural reflex that is comforting and soothing for most small babies. If your baby isn't hungry, try a dummy or at a pinch, a clean finger.

I've had enough:
Too much noise, movement or visual stimulation may drive your baby to tears. Move to a calmer environment or place your baby in his cot or pram. White noise — such as a recording of ocean waves or the monotonous sound of an electric fan or vacuum cleaner — may help your baby relax.

It's just that time of day: Many babies have predictable periods of fussiness during the day. There may be little you can do but comfort your baby as the crying runs its course. This is especially true of colicky babies. Get help from your partner, family and friends so that you don’t have to cope along with this daily stress.

My tummy hurts
: If you're breast-feeding your baby, he or she may be fussier than usual after you eat spicy or gas-producing foods. Too much caffeine may be an issue as well. If you suspect a certain food is causing trouble, avoid it for several days to see if it makes a difference.

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