Why are they still crying?

It can be exhausting if your baby cries constantly. You may feel that you’ve tried everything and nothing’s working. So why are they still crying? There can be several reasons why and we’ll explore a few of them here:

Colic

We know what colic is, but we don’t know what causes it. Some doctors think it’s a kind of stomach cramp. Crying often comes in waves – starting suddenly and loudly and then stopping for a moment or two. Colic can start when a baby is a few weeks old but it usually stops by the time they’re 6 months old.

 Here are a few signs that your baby may have Colic:

  • Hard to soothe or settle
  • Clenched fists
  • Bringing knees up to their tummy or arching their back
  • Their tummy rumbles and/or they have lots of wind

All you can do is try and comfort your baby and wait for it to pass.  Massaging their tummy can sometimes help to soothe their discomfort. Take a look at our Baby massage page.

Could my baby be ill?

If you don’t think that your baby has Colic and you can’t console or distract them, or their cry doesn’t sound like their normal cry, it could be a sign that they’re not well. Do they have a temperature or any other symptoms?  If you’re at all concerned or worried, always check with your GP or Health Visitor.  If you’re concerned during the night or at weekends, call NHS 111 or your GP’s out of hours number.

When to ask for urgent help

You must call 999 and ask for an ambulance if your baby:

  • Has a seizure or convulsion
  • Has blue, mottled, ashen (grey) or very pale skin
  • Breathes rapidly, makes a throaty noise while breathing, or seems to be working hard to breathe, perhaps sucking in their stomach under their ribcage
  • Has a high temperature, but their hands and feet feel cold
  • Has a spotty purple-red rash anywhere on their body – this could be a sign of Meningitis

Local support

Daisy First Aid https://www.daisyfirstaid.com/

Daisy First Aid offers fun and fear-free first aid courses designed specifically for parents and child carers. For more information contact Chloe on 07800544189 or email her on chloe@daisyfirstaid.com

If in doubt, check it out. Always contact your GP or NHS 111 is you are at all worried about your baby.