Crying is the most effective way your baby has of communicating their needs.

Unable to do anything for themselves, your baby will rely on you to provide them with the food, warmth, and comfort that they need.

Often you will know exactly why your baby is crying. But sometimes it can seem as if nothing will stop your baby crying. This can be an anxious time. However, you will gradually begin to recognise your baby's different crying patterns and, as you get to know your baby better, you will be able to anticipate their needs.

You may worry that there is something seriously wrong with your baby, or be afraid that they are never going to stop crying. If you are concerned, talk to a member of the community team, your health visitor or doctor. Do not be afraid to ask for help from friends, family or your health visitor if it all gets too much.

Never shake your baby or put anything over their mouth


Comforting your baby

There are things you can try to comfort your crying baby. If your baby cries inconsolably, you might like to try some of these suggestions, not all of them will work for your baby but eventually you will get to know your baby's personality and find out what works best for them and for you.

Let your baby suckle. If they are bottle fed try giving them a dummy. Some babies find sucking their thumb soothing instead.

  • Cuddle or stroke your baby
  • Hold your baby close, gently rocking and swaying, talking and singing to them
  • Gently rock your baby in the pram or take them out for a walk or drive
  • Find things to look at or listen to - music, a baby rattle, or a mobile above the cot
  • Give your baby a warm bath

Most parents have favourite ways to help their baby settle and if you have other children you may have already successfully used some of the above techniques.

If your baby always cries at a particular time, and is difficult to comfort, this could be caused by colic or trapped wind after feeding. Talk to your Health Visitor who will be happy to help you.
Crying can be a sign of illness. If your baby's crying seems different from usual, or if you notice anything else unusual about the way they look or behave, don't hesitate to contact your GP.

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