Newborns and Crying
Crying can mean that your baby is hungry or needs a diaper change. It can also mean your baby is bored or lonely or fatigued. As you grow used to your baby, you will begin to know what each of her cries means, and you'll learn different ways to comfort her. Babies often have a regular "fussing" time every day, usually late afternoon. Instead of a steady cry, your baby may cry lightly on and off and appear restless. This is normal, and she will outgrow it as she becomes more aware of the world around her.
Soothing Your BabyHere are some ways to try to calm a fussy or crying baby:
If you find yourself getting frustrated with your baby's crying, gently put her down in her crib or bassinet and take a break. Never shake your baby, as this can lead to a condition called shaken baby syndrome, which can cause brain damage, or death. If your baby cannot be comforted or you are concerned call her health care provider for advice.
Most recent page update: 9/9/2010
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