Help! My Newborn Won’t Stop Crying

Posted on October 20, 2018 by Family Physicians in Trinity

Help! My Newborn Won’t Stop Crying

It’s normal for your newborn baby to cry, but frantic howling and whimpering is cause for concern. You’re already exhausted and overwhelmed as a new parent, and endless crying can leave you feeling completely powerless to soothe and comfort your baby. Use this quick guide to understand why your baby might be crying and learn new techniques to calm her down.

What Is Colic?

The majority of infants who cry uncontrollably are suffering from colic. This condition is often described as general unhappiness in babies, but it is formally defined as unexplained crying that lasts longer than three hours per day, three days per week.

However, most colicky babies cry much longer than three hours per day. Experts are learning more about colic and now understand that it might not be rooted in digestive issues, as once believed. Instead, doctors now believe colic is a reaction to a baby’s “sensory overload,” in which they become overwhelmed by all of the activity and stimulation around them. This can make even simple and well meaning tasks like feeding and rocking very challenging.

Colic Timelines

Colicky babies usually have certain predictable spurts of frantic, aggressive, and uncontrollable crying. If your infant has has colic, she will probably cry as if she is in terrible pain, possibly arching her back and grimacing. It’s also common for colicky babies to become increasingly upset over normal attempts at comforting and soothing, such as rocking, holding, and cuddling.

Helping Your Colicky Baby

There is no single solution for colic, but experts do recommend a few methods that have the best chances of minimizing colicky behavior. First, try purchasing a baby carrier that allows you to carry your baby on your front throughout the day. Research shows that babies who are held and carried during the day in this manner will cry less at night. Use the baby carrier on your front as you vacuum, grocery shop, and fold laundry, and enjoy the extra snuggles!

If that doesn’t work, you can try creating an environment for your baby that mimics the womb. Most importantly, minimize the sensory overload that might be setting off your baby’s colic. White background noise, running a vacuum cleaner, swaddling, gentle movements, and darkness all make this possible. A warm bath can also imitate the feeling of your infant “swimming” inside your belly for nine long months.

For more help and support, reach out to Family Medical Centers, your trusted family doctor in Port Richey and Trinity, Florida. Call them today at 727-861-7043 to make your appointment.