Crying and Illness
Although all babies cry sometimes, there are times when crying may be a sign of illness.
Listen for sudden changes in the pattern or sound of your baby’s crying. Often, there’ll be a simple explanation. For example, if you’ve been going out more than usual your baby might be overtired.
If they seem to have other symptoms, such as a high temperature, they may have an illness. Your baby may have something minor, such as a cold, or something treatable, such as reflux. If this is the case, contact your GP or health visitor.
Get medical attention as soon as you can if your baby:
- has a weak, high-pitched continuous cry
- seems floppy when you pick them up
- takes less than a third of their usual amount of fluids
- passes much less urine than usual
- vomits green fluid
- passes blood in their stools
- has a fever of 38°C or above (if they're less than three months old) or 39°C or above (if they're between three and six months)
- has a high temperature, but their hands and feet feel cold
- has a bulging fontanelle
- has had a fit
- turns blue, mottled or very pale
- has a stiff neck
- has difficulty breathing, breathes fast or grunts while breathing, or seems to be working hard to breathe (for example, sucking in under the ribcage)
- has a spotty purple-red rash anywhere on the body (this could be sign of meningitis)
If you think there’s something wrong, always follow your instincts and contact your GP or health visitor.