Being a parent/caregiver is not easy. A baby’s constant crying can be stressful and frustrating for you. Sometimes there is no reason for a baby to cry, and there is nothing you can do. A baby crying is normal.

Facts about crying babies:

  • Most babies cry often: 80-90% of babies have crying spells lasting 20-60 minutes or longer. This does not mean that your baby has colic
  • Most babies cry more at night, sometimes for an hour or longer
  • Most babies have at least one fussy period each day, often in the evening
  • Most babies cry more at six to eight weeks than at birth
  • Most parents/caregivers will feel angry, frustrated and will cry themselves
  • In the first five to six months, it is normal for a baby’s crying to increase in intensity, and the baby may not be consolable

Sometimes it is okay to put the baby in the crib and let the baby cry for a short time to give yourself a break.

Call for help. Try a friend, family member, public health department, leader of your faith community, social service agency or the distress line 416-408-HELP (4357).

Why Do Babies Cry?

Crying is an important way that your baby communicates to you before they can speak. Figuring out crying can be difficult – here are some suggestions:

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a condition that occurs when a baby is shaken violently. Shaking is a potentially fatal form of child abuse.

If a baby is shaken with force, it can lead to a lifetime of problems:

  • Shaking can damage a child’s brain
  • Shaking can cause permanent disabilities like blindness or paralysis
  • Shaking can even cause death

Never, never shake a baby! Shaking can damage your baby’s brain and may cause death. No child, at any age, should be shaken.


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