4 reasons to pick up your baby when he cries

Dr Richard C. Woolfson

1. You can check him physically

Although you may have a very strong suspicion that your baby is crying for psychological reasons – for example, his tears are due to boredom or loneliness – you cannot tell for certain that he is not in physical discomfort until you pick him up.

This is really the only way you can visually check him over (for instance, for a rash), you can change his body position (in case he is in pain through lying in a twisted position), and you can verify his temperature (perhaps he is either too hot or too cold).


These simple actions enable you to rule out major physical reasons for his crying, and you would know what they are if you pick him up.


2. Body contact relaxes your baby


Whether his tears stem from…

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