Why Do Babies Cry?

The sound of your baby crying can be heartbreaking and occasionally frustrating, particularly if you don’t know why they’re crying. Babies cry frequently – it’s their way of communicating what they need. In many cases, it’s not a sign that something’s wrong. Assuming your baby is healthy and has been checked by a doctor, crying is perfectly normal.

Research shows that crying follows a developmental pattern during the first few months of life. Crying increases at 2 or 3 weeks of age, peaks between 6 and 8 weeks, and then slows down after that, generally hitting its lowest level by around 4 months. Babies also cry more often in the late afternoon and early evening, which might be when they need to release tension after a long day.

It can be tricky to interpret your baby’s cry, especially in the early days, but it becomes easier once they’re in a routine and you know their cues. The cry of a sick baby tends to sound different from one caused by hunger or frustration. If your baby’s crying sounds different than usual, and not quite right, trust your instincts and chat to a nurse or doctor.

Some basic reasons babies cry:

  • Hunger
  • A dirty nappy
  • Tired
  • Wants to be held
  • Too cold or too hot
  • Something that is hurting them that’s hard to notice
  • Teething pain
  • Constipation
  • Reflux
  • Wants less stimulation
  • Wants more stimulation
  • Not feeling well

Some babies might also have colic, which is broadly defined as episodes of crying due to apparent abdominal pain. This abdominal pain is caused by excess gas and bubbles in their stomach after swallowing air during sucking, which causes pressure and discomfort. Telament® Paediatric Colic Drops gives babies relief from abdominal pain by causing the small bubbles in your baby’s stomach to combine into a bigger bubble that can be easily expelled. It can also be used as a preventative medicine given with your baby’s feeds or in water.