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Why Is My Baby Crying - Why Babies Cry

When you’re a new parent your baby’s crying can be overwhelming. Remember it’s a new world outside the womb and your little one is adjusting to his new surroundings. But don’t fear it, learn from it.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Why babies cry can vary widely, but hunger, fussiness, wetness and being uncomfortable or tired are all reasons he’ll try to communicate with you by crying. And while some babies may cry more than others, they can eventually grow out of it.* So be patient, soon enough those tears will turn into smiles.

Why is my baby crying: The crying curve

Baby’s crying can follow a developmental pattern during the first three months of life – this pattern is referred to by many healthcare professionals as “the crying curve”1,2

  • According to the crying curve, most babies’ crying begins to increase from 2-3 weeks of age, peaks around 6-8 weeks of age and then begins to gradually decline as they approach 12 weeks of age.
  • Crying tends to occur more frequently in the evening, but can also occur throughout the day1,2,3.

* Speak to your healthcare professional if your baby’s crying is accompanied by fever, vomiting or diarrhoea, if you feel there is a significant change in behaviour or could be due to an injury.

1 Brazelton, TB. Crying in infancy. Pediatrics 29:579-588, 1962.

2 Hunziker, UA, Barr, RG. Increased carrying reduces infant crying: a randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics 77:641-648, 1986.

3 Sacks, D. ed. The Canadian Paediatric Society: Guide to Caring for Your Child from Birth to Age Five. Mississauga: John Wiley & Sons Canada, 2009.

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