Not every baby who cries a lot is immediately a crying baby. Baby's usually cry for about one and a half hours a day in the first months. On some days this can be more. For example when your child is ill or suffers from colic. Read in this blog how to get one recognize crying baby can and what the causes can be.
When is there a crying baby?
The day has yet to come when a baby comes to earth who does not cry. That would also be annoying because you can not find out in that way whether your child is hungry, a full diaper or pain. Crying therefore has a function.
On average, babies cry about 1.5 hours a day. This decreases when your baby is older than 6 weeks. A crying baby clearly cries more than this average.
If your baby cries for at least 3 weeks, 3 days a week for about 3 hours, we speak of a crying baby. Did you know that research has shown that babies in the Netherlands cry more than elsewhere in the world?
Characteristics of a crying baby
The most important feature is excessive crying for a longer period of time and this several days a week and several weeks. If your baby is crying a little more for a week, then this does not necessarily mean that he or she is a crying baby. Maybe your baby is ill or he / she suffers from colic.
If your baby has been crying for more than the average of one and a half hours a day for several weeks and you notice the following characteristics of a crying baby, you may have a crying baby.
- In addition to crying, your baby also screams a lot;
- The crying has no link with a need such as hunger, sleep or attention;
- Your baby is upset and almost inconsolable;
- The baby is very active and moves a lot;
- Your baby is frightened quickly and / or quickly distracted;
- The belly is hard and the body is somewhat stiff, your baby is also difficult to get out of his or her preferred posture.
The above characteristics also occur with other babies, so recognizing a crying baby is quite difficult. Only when there is a concurrence does this indicate a crying baby and it is good to go to the doctor. This way you can find out whether the cause may be found on a medical level. Make sure you can clearly indicate how often, how long and when your baby cries. They will immediately ask questions in the conversation.
Possible causes of a crying baby
As we mentioned at the beginning, there is often no clear cause for crying. In fact, the cause remains unclear in as many as 90% of cry-babies. It really is not yours! In some cases there are demonstrable causes. These can be:
- Stressful environment;
- Complications in pregnancy or childbirth;
- Too many stimuli around the baby so it does not get any rest (think of sound, light or pain);
- The baby had to enter the incubator after delivery, this can cause separation anxiety;
- Mental disorder in the baby such as autism, disability, KISS syndrome;
- Physical problems such as immature intestines (causing colic), reflux (the stomach contents flow back into the esophagus), thrush (infection of oral mucosa) and other infections or allergies.
Causes that can lie within the family
This is sometimes a very sensitive issue, but it can happen that the family situation has caused you to have a crying baby. Stress is the main culprit in most cases. If you and your family experience stress, this also reaches your baby. This stress can be caused by:
- Financial problems;
- House that is not finished yet;
- Unstable marriage or relationship;
- Many quarrels in the house;
- Drugs or alcohol use;
- Jealous sister or brother;
- Little rest and regularity in the household.
Recognize crying baby
If your baby is crying a lot then you do not have to mean that you have a crying baby. By looking at the characteristics you can recognize a crying baby. If in doubt, go to your doctor!
Also read this article in which a doctor shows his special technique how to get a baby who cries silently.