It's 8 pm and your baby won't stop crying. You've checked for signs of illness, and she seems healthy. She's just not happy and you are desperate to soothe her. What can you do? Infants cry because it's the only way they can communicate their needs.
Between the ages of birth to four months, the average normal infant cries one to three hours a day, most often at supper time/early evening. About 20 percent of babies are born with a fussy temperament. They are not trained to be fussy and their temperament is not a reflection of your parenting skills. They are just high need babies that require extra care and attention all day long (and probably night too).
Another 10 to 20 percent of babies are afflicted with colic. Colic is different from temperamental fussiness and is a regular pattern of crying that lasts for four hours at a time and occurs daily between the ages of two weeks and four months. The reason is still not clear but recent research points to an immature nervous system rather then gassiness as previously thought.
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