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The crying baby.
Aust Fam Physician 2006; 35(9):680-4AF

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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

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.
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