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  • Often you won't really know why your young baby is crying: something you do just seems to soothe him for the moment, leaving you none the wiser. If you've tried the simple remedies such as a feed and a cuddle, and you've tried the soothing tactics that usually work, all without success, there may be another cause.Listed below are some other possible causes of his crying.

  • Illness may be makirg your baby cry particularly if his crying sounds different from normal. Always call your doctor if your baby shows any symptoms that are unusual for him. A blocked nose from a cold may stop him feeding or sucking his thumb, So he can't comfort himself in the ways he's used to, even though he may not be very i11. Your doctor can prescribe nose drops to help him breathe easily.

  • Nappy rash or a sore bottorn may make your baby cry.If he has a sore bottom, take his nappy off, clean him thoroughly and leave him without a nappy for the rest of the day: just lay him on a towel or terry nappy. Take steps to stop the rash worsening.

  • Colic, often called three-month or evening colic, is charactenzed by, pattern of regular, intense, inconsolable screaming at a particular time each day, usually the late afternoon or evening. The pattern appears at about three weeks, and continues until 12 or 14 weeks. The crying spell may last as long as three hours. Always ask for medical advice the first time your baby screams inconsolably. Colic is not harmful, but you might misdiagnose it and miss other, serious symptoms.

  • His surroundings may sometimes make you baby cry.He might be too cold: your baby's room temperature should be about 16-20 degree centigrade (65-68 Fahrenheit), a temperature comfortable for light clothed adults. Avoid overheating - don't pile on too many bed-clothes. If the back of your baby's neck feels warm and damp he is probably too hot; remove some bed-clothes and undo some clothes to help him cool off. If he is sweating, a towel under the cot sheet may make him more comfortable. Bright lights can make him cry too: check that an overhead lamp above his changing mat, or the sun, isn't shining in his eyes.

  • Activities he hates can't alway be avoided, however volubly he voices his dislike. Dressing and undressing, bathing, having eye or nose drops are all common dislikes in a new baby, but all you can do is get them over with as quickly as possible, then give your baby a cuddle to calm him down.

  • Your own mood may be a reason for your baby's distress.Perhaps it's evening and you're tired perhaps his tetchiness is making you irritable. Knowing that, your baby is often just reacting to your mood may help you to be calmer with him.

  • Too much fussing can sometimes make an upset baby cry all the more. Passing him between you, changing a nappy that doesn't need changing, offering a feed again and again, discussing his crying in anxious voices, may all make him even more agitated, so he cries all the harder. If there's no obvious reason for his crying, don't keep trying'to find. one: he probably just wants a calming cuddle.

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