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How to figure out why your baby is crying

It's time to eat!

Intense, steady crying, in combination with other behaviors may mean it’s time to feed your baby.

Your baby may offer indications, such as sucking on his or her hand or rooting around for mother’s breast, both before and during crying if he or she is hungry. It is better to feed your baby before hunger turns into crying because it can make it more challenging to sooth him or her, but if it’s too late, watch for those behaviors alongside an urgent cry with steadily repeating notes. If you think your child is hungry, act quickly to keep your infant from feeling further distress.

Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, August 2019

References

  1. La Leche League.
  2. Murkoff, H. & Mazel, S. (2008). What to expect when you’re expecting. Workman Publishing. New York
  3. Shelov, S. & Altmann, T.R. (2009). Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 5th Edition: Birth to Age 5. American Academy of Pediatrics.

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