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What To Do About a Crying BabyCrying babies are tough to deal with. You may think your child is sick, or your parenting skills aren't up to the task, or you’re not connecting with your baby. The good news is that you can handle it.

Babies cry for many reasons, and it’s normal. Crying is their main method of communicating to capture your attention and express their needs. You may find it challenging to interpret your baby's different cries at first, but as you spend more time listening, you’ll get better at recognizing and meeting their needs.

Here are some of the common reasons that babies cry and what to do to help them:

Wet or dirty diaper. Babies wet and soil their diapers a lot, so check to see if a change is needed.

Hunger. Keep track of eating schedules and look for signs of hunger, like lip-smacking or moving fists to the mouth.

Colic, acid reflux, or food allergies. If you're breastfeeding, try changing your diet to cut out things like milk products, caffeine, or spicy or gassy foods. If your baby is bottle-fed, talk to your doctor about trying a different formula.

Cold or hot. Dress your baby in similar ­layers of clothing that you’re wearing.

When you don’t know what’s causing all the fuss, try swaddling your baby in a large, thin blanket. Turn on a calming sound, such as a white noise machine or the humming sound of a fan. You can also put your baby in a body carrier or rock them.

If nothing seems to work and you’re getting upset, take a deep breath and count to 10, place your baby in a crib or playpen and let them cry alone for about 10 minutes. 

Listening to music or doing simple household chores can help you relax. When you’ve calmed down but your baby hasn’t stopped crying, try these soothing measures again, but never shake a baby to quiet them.

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