My daughter is 5 months old. She has recently started crying on and off all day long. She will cry for about 15 minutes, or whine, and then she will be ok for 15 minutes…
I have gotten her ears, throat, and nose checked out, and everything is fine. She never runs fevers, even after she gets all her shots, never.
She eats very well, and is overall a very healthy baby. She weighs almost 16lbs. I have no idea what to do. It is very stressful, and very concerning that she has started doing this. Please give any advice that you can.
Thank you so much!
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A few Ideas When Baby Cries All Days
I understand that your girl’s behavior is stressful! A few possibilities come to my mind. Could she be teething? Or did you recently start introducing solid foods – a possibility in that case could be tummy pain.
No diaper rash or her simply being bored? Is she crying really hard or is it more like complaining, whining? Do you interpret her sounds as her being in pain? Does she do it also if engaged in some activity she likes?
At her age, some babies can be downright bored if left alone to play for longer periods or they can actually be scared! Therefore, this is a good time to start attending baby music classes or some other fun baby friendly activity and also not leave Baby alone in another room if that seems to trigger the crying.
Hunger could actually also be a possibility. 6 months is a growth spurt, but that’s of course not an exact date, so she could be growing and hungry.
Is her pee normal; no bad smell or color?
It is really hard to know what the problem is, but hopefully I’ve given you a few more ideas to work with. If you want, add more information in a comment below, and I’ll try to help you some more.
Unless your daughter is in real pain, sick or very uncomfortable, distraction and having fun with mom or dad is usually the best medicine when a young baby is cranky. Try to play with her and make her laugh and then also put her in an baby carrier or sling and let her stay close to you during the day to see if it helps. You can find ideas on games to play with a 5-month-old here.
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