Baby's First Days: Crying

Your baby may not cry much while in the hospital, or you may not notice his crying while people are around to help you. Once you get home, however, it may seem as if hes crying more than when he was in the hospital; he may be, as he becomes more awake.

Generally, your baby will cry when hes hungry or tired. If its the latter, youll discover how to soothe your baby to sleep, whether by rocking, patting his back or walking with him.

Sometimes a baby just wants to be held and will stop crying as soon as he is picked up. (Dont worry about spoiling a newborn this way.)

When a baby cries for what seems like no reason at all, it can be frustrating, but crying in babies is normal. If a baby cant be soothed, and you or someone caring for your baby begins to lose patience, the best thing is to put the baby safely in his crib and take some time apart.

Never let your frustration with a crying infant cause you to shake the baby. This could seriously injure him, causing a condition known as shaken baby syndrome. Learn more .

Well talk more about crying and soothing techniques in the emails that arrive after your baby is born.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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