Leila Petit


Your baby cries a lot, and you wonder what’s the matter.

Your baby seems to be in a lot of pain, is inconsolable, is wriggling about … You feel totally helpless.

Dr. Alain Bocquet, a pediatrician, advises you to carefully observe the moment when your baby cries*. “We can distinguish three different situations according to when the child cries”, he says.


Your little one cries a lot at the end of the day

Crying starts between 6:00 p. m. and midnight. It can last for a long time, up to 3 hours. Up to now, your baby has been very calm, and it is often around his 6th week of life that this crying starts. It’s nothing serious, your baby’s fine and it will stop around the 3rd month.

The scene is typical: your child seems to be in pain, the little face is all red, fists clenched, forehead wrinkled, his thighs bent over the stomach, is bloated, with quite frequent gas.

You tend to think your baby’s hungry, you breastfeed or bottle-feed again, but nothing will relieve baby. It’s called “infant colic”. It is impossible to really say where it comes from: birth stress, immaturity of the digestive tract … the best recipe: cuddles, love and patience. Arm yourself with courage too! And don’t hesitate to ask for help so you can rest and take care of yourself.


Your baby cries especially during feeding

Your baby cries after breastfeeding or bottle. This can be a reflex in the digestive system, very frequently observed in gluttonous children who drink very quickly without pausing or burping. Do take breaks so that your baby doesn’t drink his bottle or take his feed all in one go!

A baby who is not satisfied at the end of the feeding because there is not enough breast milk will also cry a lot.

If your baby cries 20 to 30 minutes after the bottle, with gurgling, gas, and liquid and acidic stools causing nappy rash, ask your doctor for advice. This is probably due to poor lactose digestion. An allergy to cow’s milk proteins will also show up in various ways, more or less quickly after the bottle.


Your baby cries at any time of the day at all

If crying occurs at any time of the day or night, talk to your doctor about it, it might be because of non-exteriorized gastroesophageal reflux disease. Another possible reason is that you are very stressed and your baby feels it … Take time for yourself.

From the article published in the journal Pédiatrie Pratique, n°234 – January 2012. Constant crying of the infant when there is digestive discomfort. The point of view of a liberal paediatrician… A. BOCQUET, AFPA Nutrition Group; Besançon D.R.