Dear Dr Siva, why do babies cry?
Babies are dependent on parents for all their needs which include food and comfort. Most often, babies communicate by crying and they cry for various reasons.
The most common reason is hunger. The other causes are discomfort, wet or soiled nappy, tiredness and feeling cold or hot. Sometimes they cry for no specific reason. Most often they settle with feeds, cuddles, comforting or swaddle. Sometimes they cry inconsolably and it may be hard to find a reason.
Babies also cry when they are sick or developing an infection. In that case they usually have other associated symptoms like fever, rash, lethargy, poor feeding. If any of these symptoms are present, seek immediate medical attention.
Some other causes of inconsolable crying and irritability are reflux or food intolerance. They are often associated with recurrent vomiting, constipation, blood or mucous in the stools. Seeing your doctor and addressing the underlying cause may help to settle your baby.
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