11 Reasons Your Baby Might Be Crying

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crying babyOne of the most difficult parts of being a parent is trying to calm a crying baby -- especially when you have no idea what is upsetting him.

Sure, there are the obvious reasons why babies cry -- hunger, thirst, a wet or dirty diaper, being too hot or cold, or because they're sick or have gas bubbles in their little tummies.

But every mom and dad has those frustrating times when the above reasons are not the cause of baby's tears, and we all know just how difficult it can be to get to the root of the issue when you've checked the main crying triggers over and over again.

Babies are complex little individuals, and there are actually quite a few less easy-to-recognize reasons for their sad demeanor.

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Here are 11 reasons your baby might be crying that you may want to investigate further if his diaper's changed, he's fed, and appears to be totally fine otherwise.

  1. He has a headache -- Believe it or not, a new study suggests that colicky babies could be experiencing an "early manifestation of migraines." Isn't that so sad? Your baby might be screaming his head off because his poor little head is throbbing.
  2. Growing pains -- If your little one is in the middle of a growth spurt, aches and pains can come as a result of his developing body.
  3. He's bored -- It's rough being a baby, and sometimes he's just not interested in whatever you happen to be doing with him. This would explain why some infants seem to calm down when you get up off the couch and walk around with them.
  4. He's frustrated -- Poor little guy can't tell you what he wants or what is bothering him, which has to be a real drag. Can you blame him for bursting into tears?
  5. He's stressed or senses that you are stressed -- Face it, nobody likes stress, no matter how young they are. If there's tension in the house, it could be rubbing off onto your baby, which may make him cry.
  6. Over-stimulation -- You know how sometimes there is so much noise and/or distractions around you that you just want to scream? Yeah, babies feel the same way if there's too much going on in their world. Try moving to a quiet room to see if he calms down.
  7. It's one of his "tricks" -- Or at least this is what my pediatrician used to tell me. Babies cry. They just do. And sometimes they cry because it's all they know how to do.
  8. He's in a bad mood -- We get in bad moods, so why shouldn't babies be expected to do the same? Sometimes your baby may cry simply because he's pissed. (Makes sense, right?)
  9. He wants love -- Duh, he may be a baby, but he's not dumb. He knows that if he starts crying, odds are good you'll pick him up and snuggle him and shower him with affection.
  10. He misses you -- You are your baby's world, so he may start to fuss if you move out of his general vicinity at any given time. (Aww.)
  11. He's uncomfortable -- You know how awful it is when you eat a big meal and your jeans cut into your waist? Babies can feel just as constricted in clothing as we do, so check and make sure that nothing is too tight or pinching his skin.

Other than obvious reasons, what usually makes your baby cry?


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chech... chechimansmama

Also check their little toes, fingers neck and if a boy his penis. The first year of pregnancy we lose more hair than usual and hair could get wrapped up around these parts and cause circulation loss.

ashjo85 ashjo85

Funny, those are all the things that make ME cry!

Tanya Torres

A little known fact is that baby's actually have their own "language". I don't know why more mom's don't know about this but it saved me from all of the guess work with both of my children. It's called the Dunstan Baby Language and you can look it up on YouTube.com.

There are 5 words all babies say from the day they are born. It doesn't matter what race, language their parents speak at home and for me, my son has down syndrome and he says them as well. So it is also true for children with disabilities. Please check it out, I swear it will save you all of the guess work of why your child is crying. You will even cut down on the crying because they will say what they need before they lose it. Your welcome.


Panda... PandaPop83

#1 makes me sad because I don't know how to make it better for him.

Lindy Blades

idk but that baby makes me want to have a baby boy :) he is so cute

Bobbi Jo Johnson

LOL at two weeks old my first baby cried until I finally (in frustration) sat her down between myself and my husband. She wanted to sit up like the adults! So if ya have a baby who thinks it was born a grown up, look for ways to help it feel a part of things. (Also she got colic later- colic was explained to be gas, gas drops worked wonderful)

MrsTMN12 MrsTMN12

We must have the same pediatrician! My 7 month old is a miracle (he was born very early and very tiny and almost died 11 times) but he is a miserable baby! He cries all day, everyday! I though it was colic, thought it was gas, thought he was constipated, try checking clothes and all of the things you suggest and talk about, and nothing works, except standing outside! Rain, shine, snow, freezing. Point, he told me the same exact thing as #7!!!!

Linda Gray

The first one yes! I had totally considered that as an option with my DD when she was a baby - in fact when NOTHING else had worked I would give her a dose of baby panadol. People can whinge all they like about that but she didn't do it often and when she did it was always because something was bothering her! If she was crying and nothing settled - panadol I would seek. In case of teething pain or some other unseen pain. Guess what? Within 20 minutes every single time she had settled down and was back to sleeping. So yep obviously it was something that the baby panadol eased for her.

Ildi Sk

Tanya Torres - thanks for sharing, that's amazing! :-) Never heard of it. They should make all expectant moms aware of this.

Mona Sandoval

When my son was a couple of months old he started crying, an I could tell it wasn't his usual cry. I tried nursing him, changing him, walking, bouncing, everything. Finally I decided to give him a bath hoping it would sooth him. When I undressed him I saw his toe was purple, and so swollen! He had a hair wrapped around it that cut of the circulation causing the swelling. The hair was cutting into his skin. I took him to the ER, where they cut his little tiny toe so they could get the hair off. He was fine, by it taught me that even babies can communicate.

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