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Why Do Babies Cry?


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Coping with more than one crying baby

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless when your twins or multiples cry at the same time.  So why do babies cry?

Exhaustion and emotions can easily cloud your mind, but try to remember that babies, especially newborns, cry for a reason so the first thing to do is to establish why they are crying.

As you get to know each of your babies it will get easier to understand their individual cries.

So why do babies cry? The most common reasons are:

- Hunger

- Pain

- Discomfort from a dirty nappy

- Boredom (more of a problem with older babies than with newborns)

Creating a routine can help you to anticipate your babies’ needs, which should reduce the amount they cry. If your babies have colic and cry for prolonged periods of time then try to take some time away from them. Enlisting the help of family and friends and going somewhere out of earshot, even for a short time, can take the pressure off.

Putting your babies in the pushchair and going for a walk often settles them and can make you feel better too.

When your twins are ill

The way a baby cries when they are ill sounds very different to a hunger cry, and it will often be accompanied by other signs of illness. Investing in a thermometer can help you to distinguish between real illness and your own anxieties. You will soon learn to trust your instincts. If in doubt, always visit your GP.

 

Dr Carol Cooper, GP

Author of Twins and Multiple Births

All information used in this article was sourced from:

Cooper, C., 2004. Twins and Multiple Births. 2nd ed. Chatham: Vermilion

 

10690 Revised November 2012

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