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Crying is your baby's first way of communicating with you. This is how they let you know about having a wet diaper, being hot, cold, or tired, or wanting to be fed. Teething, a recent immunization, constipation, feeling unwell, or a diaper rash can cause a baby to cry. Once your baby's need is met, and you calm and soothe them, the crying usually stops. However, some young children seem to cry for no reason. It is normal for a newborn to cry between 1 and 5 hours a day. Most babies cry less after they are 6 months old.
Caring for a baby can be stressful at times. You may have periods of feeling overwhelmed, especially if your baby is crying. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to help you stay calm and cope with your emotions when the crying does not stop. It’s more important to stay calm than to stop the crying. Remember, it’s never OK to shake a baby. Don’t pick up your baby until you feel calm inside.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your healthcare provider or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you or your child are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your healthcare provider or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your healthcare provider or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 8/22/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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