What is crying infant?

A certain amount of crying in infants and young children is, of course, perfectly normal. Crying is an infant’s form of verbal communication, and it is a normal response to being hungry, thirsty, tired, uncomfortable (especially with a full diaper), and even being lonely or scared. Discomfort can also come from an environment that is too hot or cold, too bright or noisy, or too smoky.

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Crying that is different from normal can often be caused by pain or discomfort from teething, colic, the common cold, a sore or scratchy throat, an ear infection, diaper rash, constipation, stomach ache, or gas. It may also indicate a more serious disorder such as a serious infection, including a urinary tract infection or meningitis.

Finally, infants can be even more susceptible to some serious disorders than older children and adults because of their young immune systems and limited vaccinations. Always investigate an infant’s unusual cry.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if your infant’s crying concerns you and is accompanied by any of the following: difficulty breathing; fever; lethargy; rash with a fever; screaming uncontrollably; persistent vomiting; a weak, feeble cry; bloody stools; swelling of the fingers, toes, or penis; or evidence of injury, trauma, or suspected abuse or neglect.

If your infant’s crying is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with crying infant?

Although crying is an infant’s necessary form of verbal communication, crying that is different from normal, such as excessive, weakened, or drastically reduced crying, should always be investigated to ensure that it is not a symptom of something serious.... Read more about crying infantsymptoms

CAUSES

What causes a crying infant?

Crying is a necessary communication tool for infants and helps ensure that infants get the help and care they need. It is also useful for helping babies meet both physical and emotional needs. Crying that is changed, excessive, intensified, weakened, or unresponsive to all attempts to soothe is often a symptom of serious illness or injury.... Read more about crying infantcauses

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