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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 thirsty, 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.

Health visitor says

Finding out why your baby is crying is often a matter of going through all the possible options.

Things to check first are:

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

NHS Direct 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. If in doubt contact your GP/surgery.


Is your baby very restless and crying constantly?


Your baby may need a cuddle and some reassurance. It does not necessarily mean they are unwell.


Don’t worry, keep checking for unusual signs and get support if you feel tired or frustrated.

The above information cannot replace specialist treatment. If you are still worried, contact your surgery or health visitor.