Why does my baby cry so much?
If we look at tribal cultures, for example the Kung San tribe, they have lived in isolation in the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years, away from industrialisation, media and commercialisation. When scientists observed families they found that Kung San infants get upset just as often as western babies do, but their parents are so in tune with their babies that periods of crying average only sixteen seconds in duration and over 90% end in under a minute!
For parents struggling hours of crying in western culture, this sounds too good to be true, so what’s the secret?
If your baby is crying they are trying to communicate a need and it is your job to try and establish what that need is and how to meet it.
If you have tried all the above and your baby is still crying they may be in pain, if you are worried speak to your health professional.
Some parents tell me that a trip to the chiropractor or osteopath has helped their baby, it is wise to ask in your local parenting community for recommendations.
You may not be able to soothe your baby’s cries but there is always a reason for crying so try to stay calm and remember even if you cannot halt their cries being in arms will help to reassure them.