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The crying baby.

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.

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

    Source

    Australian family physician 35:9 2006 Sep pg 680-4

    MeSH

    Crying
    Dyssomnias
    Fatigue
    Gastroesophageal Reflux
    Humans
    Hunger
    Infant
    Infant Behavior
    Infant Care
    Infant, Newborn
    Lactose Intolerance

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16969435

    Citation

    Hiscock, Harriet. "The Crying Baby." Australian Family Physician, vol. 35, no. 9, 2006, pp. 680-4.
    Hiscock H. The crying baby. Aust Fam Physician. 2006;35(9):680-4.
    Hiscock, H. (2006). The crying baby. Australian Family Physician, 35(9), pp. 680-4.
    Hiscock H. The Crying Baby. Aust Fam Physician. 2006;35(9):680-4. PubMed PMID: 16969435.
    * Article titles in AMA citation format should be in sentence-case
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