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What are the reasons for baby holding head and crying?

What are the reasons for baby holding head and crying?

Many.: Most common things are probably ear infections (otitis media) and teething. Depends on the age of the baby and etc. I'd have her looked at by her pediatrician. ...Read more

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Crying (Definition)

Crying = release of tears ...Read more


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Can babies get blood blisters on face from crying?

Can babies get blood blisters on face from crying?

See below: If you mean a true blood blister with a blood under the blister, then no! if the area looks like little broken blood vessels (called petechiae), this can occur with strong crying. If concerned, get the child seen. ...Read more

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Why does my three-week old son's tear come out from his right eye all the time even though he is not crying? My three-week old son has tear coming out of his right eye since he was born. I was told that it is common for infant and it will be gone later. B

Why does my three-week old son's tear come out from his right eye all the time even though he is not crying? My three-week old son has tear coming out of his right eye since he was born. I was told that it is common for infant and it will be gone later. B

Sounds : Sounds like a blocked tear duct. These generally resolve spontaneously and need to be addressed if it does not resolve after year 1. Seeing, your pedeatrician or ophthalmologist can provide you with guidance and reassurance and follow up care as necessary. ...Read more

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My baby keeps crying and holding her head, is this normal?

My baby keeps crying and holding her head, is this normal?

Self-soothing!: Several of my patients asked me the same question. I find that many babies just do that. If they hold or grab their ears, it might be an ear ache. However, holding the head seems to be a self-soothing act. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby will not sleep or be put down. He's had a cold for 10 days but now he's just holding his head and crying. What could be wrong?

My 9 month old baby will not sleep or be put down. He's had a cold for 10 days but now he's just holding his head and crying. What could be wrong?

?Ear infection: Possible ear infection after 10 days with a cold. Need to followup with child's doctor for an exam, diagnosis and treatment. In the interim can treat pain with infant tylenol or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby fell from couch, flat on his back and hit his head,he was crying for 3-4 minutes then he was smiling and giggling.is he ok?

My 4 month old baby fell from couch, flat on his back and hit his head,he was crying for 3-4 minutes then he was smiling and giggling.is he ok?

Impossible to tell..: Intracranial brain damage, called concussion, such as contact athletes commonly suffer, disrupt neural circuits & may tear the crucial fragile capillaries producing cerebral microhemorrhages/?more bleeding. Likely there is not anything useful that anyone can do after the fact, though the younger people are the more they seem able to recover, partially at least, from injuries. Minimize recurrence. ...Read more

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7 month old baby fell backwards from sitting & hit head on laminate floor. Stopped crying after 3-5 min. Wanted to sleep 20 min later. Any concern?

7 month old baby fell backwards from sitting & hit head on laminate floor. Stopped crying after 3-5 min. Wanted to sleep 20 min later. Any concern?

Probably OK: I would call your pediatrician to discuss management of this. We really aren't allowed to answer possible emergency calls on Health Tap. ...Read more

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My 9 month old baby is very crank his fists and head r warm.And the rest of his body os cool he kept crying the whole night. What could be the reason?

My 9 month old baby is very crank his fists and head r warm.And the rest of his body os cool he kept crying the whole night. What could be the reason?

Cranky: Yor baby is probably teething. You can give him Ibuprofen before bed to help him sleep. Also give him cold things to eat like a frozen bagel half for him to nibble on. He can also suck on a cold damp cloth. As a last resort you can get oragel to put on his gums. ...Read more

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Doctor, i am beyond worried. My 3month old suddenly was oozing yellow sticky pus on one side of his head. The emergency room gave him mupirocin and cephalexin. Is this ok? I can't stop crying. Will my only breast fed baby be ok? Please respond. Please!

Doctor, i am beyond worried. My 3month old suddenly was oozing yellow sticky pus on one side of his head. The emergency room gave him mupirocin and  cephalexin. Is this ok? I can't stop crying. Will my only breast fed baby be ok? Please respond. Please!

Abscess: I am assuming the oozing was from his scalp and not his ear right?So it sounds like your son developed an abscess and it ruptured.The antibiotic and the ointment you were prescribed are absolutely appropriate.I recommend close follow-up with the pediatrician to make sure that all is healing well.Keep the area clean, monitor for increasing redness or swelling.Complete all medicines exactly directed ...Read more

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Can a baby's face get bruised from crying too hard or too much?

Can a baby's face get bruised from crying too hard or too much?

Never seen it: I've been looking at fussy kids professionally for > 3 decades & never seen facial bruising from crying. I've seen a few caused by slapping when a babies crying made the caregiver lose his/her cool. ...Read more

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My 5 year old says her forehead hurts, and her neck, crying a little, normal for a child to get headache?

My 5 year old says her forehead hurts, and her neck, crying a little, normal for a child to get headache?

It sounds like: she could have a strep infection....often associated with neck pain and headache. Children can get headaches although they aren't always able to describe it well. I would recommend you take her to her pediatrician today or tomorrow to be properly diagnosed and treated. You can also give her fever reducing medicine. If any other symptoms develop or she looks sicker, take her to the ER tonight. ...Read more

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Loud music or screaming loudly near 2 and half months baby ear and baby start crying loudly..Does it affects baby ears or what?

Loud music  or screaming loudly near 2 and half months baby ear and baby start crying loudly..Does it affects baby ears or what?

Yes: Loud noises are harmful to a baby's ears just like they are to yours. Baby's can't protect themselves, so it's up to you to do that for them! Take care of your baby! Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My baby has a dark mole on his finger. He has always had it, but lately he has been crying and touching it like he is in pain. Should i be worried?

My baby has a dark mole on his finger. He has always had it, but lately he has been crying and touching it like he is in pain. Should i be worried?

Mole: It would be exceedingly rare for a mole to cause pain or a problem for a baby, especially if the mole itself has not changed in color, size or thickness. However, that does not mean that your baby is not in pain. I suspect there is something else bothering your baby. Have your pediatrician check the finger. Pain can be caused by many things and your baby could have pain from something else. ...Read more

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My baby is 12 weeks old and is not eating much, plus he keeps crying and has a runny nose.?

My baby is 12 weeks old and is not eating much, plus he keeps crying and has a runny nose.?

See your doctor: I'm concerned because you say he's not eating much. Infants can become dehydrated easily-discuss the specifics with your doctor. It might be a cold, ear infection, rsv, pneumonia, etc. Talk with your doctor today. ...Read more

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2month baby.Sneezes several times during the day. Sometimes sneezes consecutively 2, 3 times.No running nose except crying water from 1side nose.Cold?

2month baby.Sneezes several times during the day. Sometimes sneezes consecutively 2, 3 times.No running nose except crying water from 1side nose.Cold?

Normal: Babies that age can only breathe through their noses so this behavior is normal to keep breathing. It is not a cold or anything else. Do not worry. If the nose is clogged only do one side at a time, but put a few drops of saline, you might try baby ayr, into the nostril and place a bulb syringe for a baby all the way into the nostril, collapsed at first the uncollapse and withdraw. ...Read more

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My 3-month old baby left eye keeps tearing up when he is not crying and it seems really watery and a little low. What can this be?

My 3-month old baby left eye keeps tearing up when he is not crying and it seems really watery and a little low. What can this be?

See eye doctor: Your baby is having tears because the tube which drains the tears is blocked . By massaging by the side of nose on left side usually helps. otherwise consult eye doctor who will suggest a procedure to remove the block ...Read more

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My child just fell out of his baby chair and has a bloody nose. How can I tell if he has a broken nose? He's 11 months old. His crying has stopped

My child just fell out of his baby chair and has a bloody nose.  How can I tell if he has a broken nose?  He's 11 months old.  His crying has stopped

Hard to tell...: If the bleeding has stopped and he seems to be breathing ok, passing air from both nostrils, then i would say call his primary doc and notify them of the situation so they can make the call as to what to do next. If he's still bleeding then get him seen asap by his doc or urgent care/ er. Hard to say if it's broken. Even an xray may not tell. Important thing is the bleeding and the breathing. ...Read more

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How long can I leave my 2-month-old baby crying without hurting her vocal cord? When cries her face's all red and looks as if she's suffocating?

How long can I leave my 2-month-old baby crying without hurting her vocal cord? When cries her face's all red and looks as if she's suffocating?

Too young for crying: A 2-month-old baby is still too young to be left crying. Parents should still do all the things they need to do to console the young baby. They should be sure the baby is not too hungry, not too full, not too cold, not too hot, not sick, not wrapped too tightly, and not too lonely. After the baby turns 3 months, parents can start stricter "bedtime" routines, as by then, most babies can be trained. ...Read more

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My 3 month baby has been persistently tugging at his left ear. He isn't crying, but I did notice some white crust around ear canal. Should I worry?

My 3 month baby has been persistently tugging at his left ear. He isn't crying, but I did notice some white crust around ear canal. Should I worry?

Cradle cap can : appear in ear folds & behind ears, though it more often starts on the scalp. It's a "potato-chip" rash - dry, but greasy, akin to dandruff. If mild, it requires no treatment except gently brushing off loose flakes of skin before shampoos. When his pediatrician checks to see if any flaking is in the outer 3rd of the external auditory canal, ask if you need to use medicated shampoo. ...Read more

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