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Aust Fam Physician. 2006 Sep;35(9):680-4.

The crying baby.

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Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. harriet.hiscock@rch.org.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Up to 20% of parents report a problem with their infant crying in the first 3 months of life. The majority of babies have no organic cause of crying and most crying subsides by 3-4 months.

OBJECTIVE:

This article describes the management of persistent crying in the first 3 months of life.

DISCUSSION:

Management includes exclusion of medical causes and ensuring the baby is adequately rested and fed. Unexplained episodes of crying can be managed by: carrying the baby, going for a walk with baby in the pram, giving baby a deep, warm bath, or playing white noise or environmental sounds to distract the baby from crying. Postnatal depression is common in mothers of crying babies and should be actively screened for and appropriate clinical help offered if required. All families benefit from support including a review appointment and practical help around the home where possible.

PMID:
16969435
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