Why Babies Cry and What Parents Can Do?

With no proper language to express what they want, babies usually resort to crying to communicate a variety of signals. It is safe to assume though, that crying is almost always related to some kind of discomfort. It is often difficult for new parents to understand what exactly their baby is trying to communicate with crying. However, if you manage to be a little observant and see patterns in the baby’s cry, you can tell what the baby is expecting at the moment. It is when that expectation is not fulfilled, that leads to crying.

Hunger pangs

This is probably the first reason that comes to mind when one hears a baby cry. If you have a fixed pattern throughout the day for feeding the baby, you will be able to tell easily if the baby becomes uncomfortable around the time of feeding, if he/she is not given food. For babies less than 6 months old, great-feeding will soothe the hunger pangs. If your child has started having semi-solids then fruit or vegetable puree can help. Make sure you stick to the feeding routine and your baby has a full belly even before the crying starts.

Stomach Ache or Gas

If you find your baby crying non-stop after being fed, it is probably something to do with stomach related discomfort. If the baby is wearing diapers or pajamas, loosen the waist string so that there is no pressure on the tummy. If the baby continues to cry, lay him down on his back and move his feet in a bicycling motion. If there is a gas accumulation, the exercise will allow it to pass, relieving the baby of any stomach-related discomfort.


Another reason why babies may cry after feeding is that of a lack of burping. Not all babies are discomforted by this, yet if your baby is bothered by air bubbles in his tummy or food-pipe, he is going to cry. Sometimes while feeding babies suck air and this results in the bubble forming. All you need to do is to hold the baby upright with his head tilted up and gently rub/pat his back. If you hear a burp, chances are that your baby will stop crying.

Soiled Diapers

Babies do not like wet sensations on their skin for too long. In fact, if a dirty diaper is not replaced for a long time, it can cause rashes which are a very irritating, often itchy and painful, skin condition. If your baby seems to be getting uncomfortable for no reason, check his diapers and make sure it is not dirty. If it is, change it immediately and your baby should stop crying as soon as he feels dry and warm again.

Need for Sleep

Babies tend to get cranky when they are over-tired and are unable to find a comfortable position to sleep. They will express this tiredness with crying. Again with this reason, make sure you are familiar with your baby’s sleeping pattern. When it is time for his regular nap, pre-arrange for a comfortable situation for him to sleep, whether in your arms or on a comfortable bed with minimum light and sound distractions.

To know other reasons why babies cry and watch a really helpful video on how to soothe them, please continue here.

Originally published at www.babygogo.in on July 26, 2017.