All babies cry, as it is one way they have of communicating. However, about one in ten do so excessively and this can be distressing and exhausting for the parents.
Possible causes include hunger, thirst, feeling lonely, bored, too warm, too cold, wet or soiled, nappy rash, colic, a problem with formula milk, something in the breast feeding mother's diet disagreeing with the baby, teething or even hyperactivity.
When to seek further professional advice
A very high-pitched cry, with vomiting and persistently bulging fontanelles may suggest a brain infection. Call your doctor immediately. If your baby does not have these symptoms, yet does cry constantly you should take them to the doctor so that he may examine your baby to see if there is another cause.
Homeopathy: Depending on the cause, homeopathic remedies such as colocynth, bryonia, veratrum may resolve the crying.
The Alexander Technique can ease tension, anxieties, fear and agitation which may be causing the crying.
Shiatsu is extremely good for calming and reflexology offers treatment as well.
Other therapies include: The Alexander Technique, Western and Chinese Herbalism, and Cranial Osteopathy.
Probably no treatment will be offered unless the baby is physically unwell. A doctor may suggest: Contacting the support group CRY-SIS. Speaking to a health visitor for practical advice.
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