By Diane Griffith, Staff Writer, myOptumHealth
Like many new moms, you may be at a total loss when your baby just won't stop crying. To make matters worse, he can sense your stress, which is likely to make him cry even harder. So what should you do?
Your baby may become especially fussy at 2 or 3 weeks of age. This seems to peak at around 6 weeks, then gradually tapers off. Talk to your baby's doctor to see if there is a medical cause for the crying. If there is not, then this fussiness is likely just a normal stage of your baby's development.
Your baby may have a fussy period every day, which often occurs in the late afternoon and early evening. It can last several hours. Try swaddling your baby or carrying her with you.
The cries of colicky babies tend to be more intense than regular fussiness and may sound like screaming. Your baby may draw his legs up in what appears to be pain. Check with your doctor to be sure that there is not another reason for the crying.
No one is sure what causes colic. Colic often starts when a baby is 2 to 6 weeks old, and normally goes away by the age of 4 to 6 months.
These tips may help a baby with colic:
Other reasons for crying
Babies generally cry when they are:
How can I comfort my baby?
The best way to handle crying is to respond quickly. You cannot spoil a baby by giving her attention. One study showed that babies who are held or carried - even when happy or sleeping - cry less.
If feeding and changing your baby doesn't help and her crying sounds panicky, check to see if she has a diaper pin that is open or if something is rubbing against her skin. If she's dry and well fed, but still crying, try these tips:
Staying calm will help calm your baby. Getting upset may only make him cry harder. If you feel you can't handle the crying, give yourself a break. Try one of these suggestions:
When to call the doctor
If no matter what you do, your baby continues to cry, she may be sick.
Call the doctor if your baby:
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