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Crying baby:
What to do
when your
newborn cries
Newborn crying jags are inevitable, but a crying baby can test your
patience all the same. Here’s help soothing a crying baby - and renewing
your ability to handle the tears.
By Mayo Clinic staff
The dream: Your baby sleeps through the
night after just a few weeks, gurgles happily
while you run errands and fusses only
when hunger strikes.
The reality: Your baby’s favorite playtime is
after the 2 a.m. feeding. Crankiness peaks
when you’re out and about. You had no
idea a crying baby could keep the tears
flowing for so long.
Sound familiar? On any given day, a
newborn might cry for up to two hours -
or even longer. Find out why babies cry,
and what to do about it.
Decoding the tears
A crying baby is trying to tell you
something. Your job is to figure out why
your baby is crying and what - if anything -
you can do about it.
Consider what your crying baby
could be thinking.
I’m hungry 
Most newborns eat every
few hours round-the-clock. Some babies
become frantic when hunger strikes. They
might get so worked up by the time the
feeding begins that they gulp air with the
milk, which can cause spitting up, trapped
gas and more crying.
To avoid such frenzy,
respond to
early signs of hunger. If your baby begins
to gulp during the feeding, take a break.
Also take time to burp your baby during
and after each feeding.
If you’re breast-feeding your
baby,
the flavor of the milk might change
in response to what you eat and drink. If
you suspect that a certain food or drink
is making your baby fussier than usual,