Do you find yourself crying for no obvious reason? Premenstrual syndrome, perimenopause, menopause, and depression could lie at the root of the issue. So can sleep deprivation, stress and burnout, pseudobulbar affect, postcoital dysphoria, vitamin B12 deficiency, low blood sugar, or thyroid problems.
Babies below 6 months cry at night because of hunger or thirst, wet or soiled nappy, too little or too much swaddling, disturbed sleep, colic or any other pain, and illness. For babies above 6 months, teething can be a reason. Or they might crave the parents' touch. Interestingly, some babies cry to prevent moms from a subsequent pregnancy. Soothe your baby into sleep at a fixed hour daily, wrap her loosely, and feed her before she is hungry.
After relying on the mother for her oxygen supply in the womb a forceful cry helps a baby breathe on her own - it expands and fills up her lungs and clears any residual amniotic fluid from her nose, mouth, and lungs. A baby’s cry can also give us clues about her health, for instance higher pitched cries have been associated with infants who are at risk for autism.
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