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Crying Child That Is Not Acting Normally

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Topic Overview

Crying is a child's first way of communicating. Parents and caregivers become better over time at identifying their child's cry. Along with crying, a child may not act normally when something is wrong with him or her. Infection, illness, injury or pain, or a medical problem may cause a child to not act normally.

If your baby has colic, you may be concerned that a health condition is causing the excessive crying. Usually a baby with colic isn't crying because of pain or physical discomfort. But it is important to be aware that health problems or injuries can cause a baby to cry excessively. And it's important to watch for related signs.

Here are a few things to look for that may mean your baby has a health problem.

Signs of not acting normally

If your child isn't acting normally, check for a fever. For information on how to take a temperature, see the topic Body Temperature.

Medical treatment is needed for a fall or injury that causes more serious symptoms, such as a head injury or severe bleeding. Medical evaluation may also be needed for injuries that cause swelling and pain in the affected area.

Signs of pain

A baby who is in pain may:

Minor injuries or illnesses that can cause a child to cry

Infections

Common infections in babies that may cause crying are:

If you aren't able to identify the cause of your child's behavior, medical evaluation may be needed.


Credits for Crying Child That Is Not Acting Normally

Current as of: July 1, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor MD - Emergency Medicine
David Messenger MD


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