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Babies and young children often cry as a way to communicate their needs and feelings. This is normal and healthy. Find out more on how to deal with crying.

What’s normal?

Babies and young children often cry as a way to communicate their needs and feelings. This is normal and healthy. A baby’s cry might mean they are hungry, tired, cold, hot, uncomfortable, unwell, overwhelmed, bored or that they want to be close to you.

Toddlers cry for many of the same reasons as babies, but also as a way of communicating new and difficult emotions, like frustration or embarrassment.

How much does a baby normally cry, and will this change as they grow older?

A baby will generally cry the most when it hits six weeks old. After this the amount of crying will go down gradually, and by the time they’ve reached three months, a baby will often only cry for about an hour a day.

But when they are under three months, some babies will cry a lot. They could cry for more than three hours a day, and this could go on for more than three days, or even more than three weeks! Often, the causes of excessive crying are unclear.

The amount that a baby cries may be linked to a range of factors, including their nature and temperament. At times their amount of crying could just be down to the fact that they aren’t yet able to control their emotions. Sometimes it could be related to how their parents or carers act and behave.

(Sometimes excessive crying can be down to another factor such as injury, illness, or a digestive problems such as reflux. If you ever think crying could be down to a medical, health or safeguarding issue please seek professional assistance.)

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