BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuExcessive crying in infantsInfants - excessive crying; Well child - excessive cryingCrying is an important way for infants to communicate. But, when a baby cries a lot, it may be a sign of something that needs treatment. Considerations Infants normally cry about 1 to 3 hours a day. It is perfectly normal for an infant to cry when hungry, thirsty, tired, lonely, or in pain. It is also normal for a baby to have a fussy period in the evening.But, if an infant cries too often, there might be a health problem that needs attention. Causes Infants may cry because of any of the following:Boredom or loneliness Colic ColicIf your baby cries for longer than 3 hours a day, your baby might have colic. Colic is not caused by another medical problem. Many babies go throug...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Discomfort or irritation from a wet or dirty diaper, excessive gas, or feeling cold Hunger or thirst Illness Infection (a likely cause if the crying is accompanied by irritability, lethargy, poor appetite, or fever. You should call your baby's health care provider) LethargyFatigue is a feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy.Read Article Now Book Mark Article Poor appetiteA decreased appetite is when your desire to eat is reduced. The medical term for a loss of appetite is anorexia.Read Article Now Book Mark Article FeverFever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to a disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or abov...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Medicines Normal muscle jerks and twitches that disturb the sleep Pain TeethingTeethingTeething is the growth of teeth through the gums in the mouth of infants and young children.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Home Care Home care depends on the causes. Follow your provider's advice. If the infant seems constantly hungry despite short, frequent feedings, talk to your provider about normal growth and feeding times.If crying is due to boredom or loneliness, it may be helpful to touch, hold, and talk to the infant more and place the infant within sight. Place baby-safe toys where the child can see them. If crying is due to sleep disturbance, wrap the baby firmly in a blanket before putting the infant to bed.For excessive crying in infants due to cold, dress the infant warmly or adjust the temperature of the room. If adults are cold, the baby is also likely cold.Always check for possible causes of pain or discomfort in a crying baby. When cloth diapers are used, look for diaper pins that have become loose or loose threads that have become tightly wrapped around fingers or toes. Diaper rashes also can be uncomfortable.Take your baby's temperature to check for fever. Check your baby head-to-toe for any injuries. Pay particular attention to the fingers, toes, and genitalia. It is not uncommon for a hair to get wrapped around part of your baby, such as a toe, creating pain. When to Contact a Medical Professional Call the provider if:A baby's excessive crying remains unexplained and does not go away in 1 day, despite attempts at home treatment The baby has other symptoms, such as fever, along with the excessive crying What to Expect at Your Office Visit The provider will examine your baby and ask about the child's medical history and symptoms. Questions may include:Is the child teething? Is the child bored, lonely, hungry, thirsty? Does the child seem to have a lot of gas? What other symptoms does the child have? Such as, difficulty waking up, fever, irritability, poor appetite, or vomiting? The provider will check the infant's growth and development. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the baby has a bacterial infection.Open ReferencesReferencesMarcdante KJ, Kliegman RM. Crying and colic. In: Marcdante KJ, Kliegman RM, eds. Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 11.Onigbanjo MT, Feigelman S. The first year. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 22.Pomeranz AJ, Sabnis S, Busey SL, Kliegman RM. Irritable infant (fussy or excessively crying infant). In: Pomeranz AJ, Sabnis S, Busey SL, Kliegman RM, eds. Pediatric Decision-Making Strategies. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 79. AllVideoImagesTogCrying - excessive (0 to 6 months) - illustration Infants instinctively cry to communicate hunger, thirst, discomfort, tiredness, or loneliness. However, excessive crying may suggest a disorder that requires treatment. Crying - excessive (0 to 6 months)illustrationCrying - excessive (0 to 6 months) - illustration Infants instinctively cry to communicate hunger, thirst, discomfort, tiredness, or loneliness. However, excessive crying may suggest a disorder that requires treatment. Crying - excessive (0 to 6 months)illustrationRelated Information Review Date: 10/2/2020 Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. 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