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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

Dr. Alan Mease
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Crying (Definition)

Crying in infancy is described as a loud, high-pitched sound made by infants in response to certain situations. Infants have a cry reflex that is a normal response to some stimuli, such as pain or hunger. Older children and adults cry for emotional reasons such as pain, fear, sadness, or frustration. Premature infants may not have a cry reflex, so they must be monitored closely for signs ...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 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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My 11yo daughter was straining to do no. 2 and all of a sudden started screaming with a headache Now she is still holding her head and crying 10 minut?

My 11yo daughter was straining to do no. 2 and all of a sudden started screaming with a headache
Now she is still holding her head and crying 10 minut?

Straining Headache: Headaches which occur with straining can be common and very painful. Usually occur after some cause of straining - bowel movement, cough, sneezing, blowing your nose but are usually short lived few minutes up to 30 minutes. This may be due to increased pressure in your head and can be harmless. If the pain last > 30 min or associated with dizziness, fainting, vomiting; seek medical care. ...Read more

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Should i be worried or concerned? Last night at approximately 3:00 am i woke from a deep sleep with a severe headache ranging from my forehead & temples all the way to the back of my head. The pain was so severe i couldnt stop crying and holding my head.

Should i be worried or concerned? Last night at approximately 3:00 am i woke from a deep sleep with a severe headache ranging from my forehead & temples all the way to the back of my head. The pain was so severe i couldnt stop crying and holding my head.

In : In general, headaches that wake a person from sleep are considered to be worth investigating. Though it's probably nothing, this scenario could also represent something like spontaneous bleeding into the brain or an infection of some type. I would recommend that you see your doctor to discuss this. In the meanwhile, it may be safer for you to avoid medications that cause thinning of the blood, like aspirin. If you are on chronic blood thinners like Plavix or coumadin, (warfarin) then i think it would be important for you to be seen right away. ...Read more

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My 5 month old holds his head on the left side when crying?

My 5 month old holds his head on the left side when crying?

See Your Doctor Now: Clues to the cause of crying or discomfort in an infant this young can be easily misinterpreted as babies at this age are simply unable to communicate. In this age group, visual inspection is always necessary to determine whether or not there is an underlying medical cause for your baby's observed behavior. See your baby's doctor now for discussion and examination. ...Read more