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6month old baby girl. She's probably using crying to manipulate us. How long is 'cry it out safe' for her?

6month old baby girl. She's probably using crying to manipulate us. How long is 'cry it out safe' for her?

Quality of cry: By now as a parent you probably can tell by the quality of the cry whether your child is in real distress, or whether he/she is manipulating you. If you feel that she just wants your attention then you can feel comfortable in allowing her to "cry it out" for about 10-15 minutes. Then go check on her, do not take out of the crib, but give her 1-2 minutes of reassurance, and leave again ...Read more

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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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7w girl cries a lot & is only consoled with skintoskin. I try to soothe her without holding her & let her cry a bit but nothing. She starts daycare.

7w girl cries a lot & is only consoled with skintoskin.  I try to soothe her without holding her & let her cry a bit but nothing.  She starts daycare.

See Doctor Too: Infants have period of increased crying at age 2 weeks; reaches peak at 2 mos; subsides by 3 to 5 mos old. Colic can be distinguished from this normal crying spell by these criteria: > 3 hrs crying per day for > 3 days per wk, for > 3 wks. Consoling babies is same regardless: repetitive motion (rocking, swinging), background noise (Vacuum, white noise). Due now for baby check, see doctor for exam ...Read more

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What can I do for my 2 1/2 month year old little girl. She is crying hard when she pass gas. I give her gas relief but she still cry real bad.?

What can I do for my 2 1/2 month year old little girl. She is crying hard when she pass gas. I give her gas relief but she still cry real bad.?

?protien intolerance: Infants often cry when they bear down to pass gas or have a bowel movement, because they dont effectively know how to "push it out". However, an infant with a cow's milk intolerance from mom's breast milk or infant formula, may produce excess gas, increased gas cramps, spits up more immediately after eating or fussy throughout day.. Ask your pediatrician to check on possible protien intolerance. ...Read more

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What are some reasons a girl baby will cry when getting wiped with wipes but when getting wiped with a wash cloth she doesn't?

What are some reasons a girl baby will cry when getting wiped with wipes but when getting wiped with a wash cloth she doesn't?

Chemical irritants: Purchased wipes generally contain a variety of chemicals/preservatives/fragrances that can burn on contact with sensitive or raw skin. A washcloth does not.Parents can make up their own wipes using a ziploc bag, olive oil and paper towels.These are not as irritating. ...Read more

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I'm a 16 year old girl with horrible pms! waht can I do to make it less awful? I get really bad cramps and tend to cry over nothing or be really mad

I'm a 16 year old girl with horrible pms! 
waht can I do to make it less awful? 
I get really bad cramps and tend to cry over nothing or be really mad

Gynecologist : As a ped. When my young ladies have this sort of pain and emotional upset with their periods after making sure with hx and ex there is no other reason i refer to an adolescent gynecologist to do a full exam and the usual recommendation is usually to use the contraceptive pill to prevent ovulation which is mainly the cause of your distress this isn't a permission to have sex only to help you. ...Read more

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What can cause a 16 month old girl to cry and hold her vaginal area?  doc won't test for UTI since no other symptoms. No redness or swelling in area

What can cause a 16 month old girl to cry and hold her vaginal area?  doc won't test for UTI since no other symptoms. No redness or swelling in area

Vulvovaginitis: Inflammation in the vaginal area is known as vulvovaginitis. It can be caused by chemical irritants, bacterial/yeast infections, trauma, etc. A mild non-chemical cleanser (colloidal oatmeal, aveeno) and acidifying the bath water (vinegar) may help calm the irritation and promote healthy protective bacteria. If she has a fever or vomiting, ruling out a UTI would be reasonable. ...Read more

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My 5 year old girl is complaining about her neck hurting she is crying non-stop what can I do for her?

My 5 year old girl is complaining about her neck hurting she is crying non-stop what can I do for her?

If she were my child: I would speak with her pediatrician or go to an urgent care center. I am not a physician, but 5 year olds do not cry and complain non-stop unless something is very wrong. I hope my answer will get some of the physicians to add their thoughts. It's friday night ; not too many people are online. ...Read more

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My 28 days baby girl crying strongly everyday evening & midnight?

My 28 days baby girl crying strongly everyday evening & midnight?

Normal: Babies are built to function as their body demands and to stimulate us as well. Sometimes that means they are hurt, sometimes they are dirty and need changing, sometimes hunger. Babies also cry to stimulate mom's brain to tell it to make more milk. Even if not breastfeeding. The breastfeeding cycle is highest at night and thus more crying. Not only is this not bad, but exactly what a baby should. ...Read more

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Just broke up with my long term girl. I know that women use crying to release the stress and sadness from the body, but what can a guy do?

Just broke up with my long term girl. I know that women use crying to release the stress and sadness from the body, but what can a guy do?

Crying OK!: Guys cry, too! And if you feel like crying, don't hold back. You can do it in private. Other ways to release pent up emotions are aerobic exercise, weight lifting, playing music, drawing, etc. You can yell at the top of your lungs in your car... Whatever feels good and doesn't hurt you or someone else. ...Read more

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