Causes of Crying birth to 6 months

Hunger

This is the most common cause of crying in young babies, and parents soon learn to recognize it. Studies have confirmed what parents know–babies cry more before feeding than after. Experiments have shown that it is the actual feeling of a full stomach that brings the most comfort, not being held, sucking, or swallowing.

  • Feed on demand. Don’t be inflexible about feeding times, and never feed by the clock. Remember, she’s very young; she may want to eat every two or three hours and a feeding 15–30 minutes earlier than expected will do your baby no harm at all.

  • If your baby seems only to want to suck, give her cooled boiled water between feedings (from a sterilized spoon).

  • Give your baby a pacifier to ...

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