Is your baby suddenly crying inconsolably?  

Fortunately, most babies that are crying inconsolably aren’t sick babies, they’re more “homesick” than anything—they’re struggling to cope with life outside mama’s womb. 

What is Inconsolable Crying?

Inconsolable crying is, as the name implies, when your baby is crying and nothing will calm them. This type of crying can even seem to come out of nowhere!

That’s why using the 5 S’s method for soothing babies can be so helpful. But, what’s a parent to do if your baby is suddenly crying inconsolably and the 5 S’s aren’t doing the trick?

What to Do if Your Baby is Suddenly Crying Inconsolably

We recommend starting with the 5 S’s. But make sure you’re doing them correctly (review the Happiest Baby DVD/ streaming video be sure.) If you’re doing everything right, then it’s time to give your pediatrician a call to make sure your little one isn’t sick. 

3 Questions Doctors Will Ask If Your Baby is Crying Inconsolably

When you speak with your doctor, she’ll likely ask the following questions to figure out if your child just has colic, or something more serious:

  • Is your baby growing well?
  • Is your child normal in all other ways?
  • Is your baby content and alert for long periods of the day?

If you answered no to any of these questions, your doctor will then ask how your baby acts when he isn’t crying. She’s checking for the following symptoms:

Signs Your Baby’s Crying is a Problem

  1. Persistent moaning (frequent groans and weak cries)
  2. Shrill cry (high-pitched and sharp, unlike your baby’s usual cry sound)
  3. Vomiting (more than 1 ounce per episode; more than 5 episodes a day; or any green or yellow vomit)
  4. Change in stool (constipation or diarrhea, especially with blood)
  5. Fussing during eating (twisting, arching, crying that begins during or shortly after a feed)
  6. Abnormal temperature (a rectal temperature over 100.4°F or under 97.5°F)
  7. Irritability (persistent crying with almost no calm periods)
  8. Lethargy (a baby sleeping twice as long as usual, acting “out of it,” or not sucking well over an 8- to 12-hour period)
  9. Bulging soft spot on the head (even when your baby is sitting up)
  10.  Poor weight gain (gaining less than a half ounce a day)

Final Thoughts: Baby Suddenly Crying Inconsolably

Note: Food allergy/sensitivity is the only common medical cause of colic. While some more serious problems are possible, it’s important to have the perspective that they occur in less than 1% of fussy babies.Get your baby checked by a doctor to know for sure.

Did you know? Colicky babies are helped by a 4th trimester of recreating the soothing sensations of the womb. SNOO Smart Bassinet does just that, and promotes sleep for fussy babies. Learn more.

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider. Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast- and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of a mother's breastmilk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. If you do decide to use infant formula, you should follow instructions carefully.