By Dr. Rakesh Kumar Pediatric Neurologist on Lybrate.
Crying is a means of communication for babies, through which they project a certain need or discomfort. But if your little one is wailing more than normal, it may have an underlying physiological or neurological cause that you are unable to detect. Here are some common ones that aren’t too obvious to detect but maybe wreaking havoc in your little one’s life.
1. Excessive pressure exerted on the baby
At the time of delivery, if it proves as a challenging task, the child is pulled out by the arms, face or the feet, as a result of undue pressure put on the neck or shoulder area, issues like nerve damage might crop up. You can identify a nerve-related symptom in infants if they are arching their back whilst crying.
2. Neural condition with a high pitched cry
Recurrent high-pitched crying may have underlying neural issues with symptoms like faintness of vision or hearing, disorientation, motor or balance issues, and sleeping disorders.
3. Tummy troubles
Your baby’s crying can also be associated with gas formation or colic. This rather mysterious condition involves inconsolable crying for no less than three hours a day, at least three days a week and three weeks in a row.
4. Eye pain and redness
Your child can develop sharp eye pain a result of high pressure inside the eyeball, an accidental scratch of the cornea, corneal abrasion or even from a tiny, irritating particle stuck beneath his/her eyelid. Crying can be a symptom for such conditions which should be considered important. Your crying baby might even develop watery, red eyes.
5. Migraine or headaches
Headaches occur more often in those children who had colic in the past. Although it is hard to consider that babies get headaches, it is quite possible.
Early identification of such reasons of crying will help getting your child treated for neurological illnesses. So if your baby is crying more than normal, and you suspect that any of these might be the reasons, you should consult a doctor at your earliest.