Crying is a child's first way of communicating.
Parents and caregivers become better over time at identifying their child's
cry. Along with crying, a child may not act normally when something is
wrong with him or her. Infection, illness, injury or pain, or a medical problem may
cause a child to not act normally.
If your baby has
colic, you may be concerned that a health condition is
causing the excessive crying. Usually a baby with colic isn't crying because
of pain or physical discomfort. But it is important to be aware that
health problems or injuries can cause a baby to cry excessively. And it's important to watch
for related signs.
Here are a few things to look for that may mean your baby has a health problem.
If your child isn't acting normally, check for a
fever. For information on how to take a temperature,
see the topic
Medical treatment is
needed for a fall or injury that causes more serious symptoms, such as a head
severe bleeding. Medical evaluation may also be needed
for injuries that cause swelling and pain in the affected area.
A baby who is in pain may:
Common infections in babies that may cause crying are:
If you aren't able to identify the cause of your
child's behavior, medical evaluation may be needed.
May 10, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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