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When your little one can't stop crying

It’s normal for babies to cry, but what if your little one is crying a lot more than usual? Could it be a sign of colic or a hungry baby? As your baby could be crying for various reasons, it’s tricky to know for sure. Here are some tips on how you can tell if your baby is having tummy troubles, and what you can do to help relieve it.

Types of Baby Crying

Is your little one just cranky, hungry, or is there more to the endless tears? Here are some possible signs that the crying could be due to colic.

Crying frequently

Baby cries at length for hours, starting usually in the evenings.

Intense Crying

Baby’s outbursts are often louder and higher pitched than usual.

Wailing Suddenly

Baby starts crying for no apparent reason.

Crying Inconsolably

Baby refuses to be soothed, no matter how hard you try.

Your child might be well fed and kept clean, but you might find that your little one is still prone to crying like above. This could be a possible sign of colic.

Why can’t your little one stop crying?

While the exact cause of colic remains a mystery, there are several theories.

Immature digestive system, leading to stomach upsets1

Food allergies or intolerance2

Poor tolerance or total intolerance of lactose

Flatulence or gas

Overstimulated senses1

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Even though colic is not harmful, it can take a toll on parents and caregivers. In most cases, it will eventually subside after a few months. Before that happens, you may want to try these methods that could help soothe your crying child.

  • Provide comfort through breastfeeding
  • Give your little one a warm bath.
  • Put on some soothing music.
  • Feed easy-to-digest foods.
  • With your little one lying face-up, gently lift and move your little one's legs in a cycling motion. 
  • Change your cradling positions.

It’s never easy handling a crying child, but getting to the bottom of your little one’s tears could be the first step to soothing them.