For Crying Out Loud!
A: Yes. This is how babies communicate.
A: Try the typical soothing mechanisms first. Trust your instincts if your gut is telling you that there is something wrong.
A: It is their way of communicating and just as you would not usually ignore someone speaking to you, so too must a baby’s communication not be ignored.
A: Discomfort, hunger, illness, fear, colic, over-stimulation (too many visitors!), etc.
A: Not at all, it means the baby is communicating a need.
A: Babies cannot be spoilt. In fact, most thrive if they feel secure and safe and have their needs met.
A: Never – a harsh response or reaction will scare the baby and likely escalate the crying.
A: Eliminate the usual reasons: diaper/hunger/body temperature/wind, etc.
A: It is a sign of strength to know when you need to take a break; never be embarrassed to ask for help.
A: Some parents fear that there is a link with contracting middle-ear infections and that sucking on a pacifier can disrupt breast-feeding practices and place baby at risk for future dental problems.