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baby: 0-12 mos.

Crying serves several useful purposes for your baby. It gives her a way to call for help when she’s hungry or uncomfortable. It helps her shut out sights, sounds, and other sensations that are too intense to suit her. And it helps her release tension.

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It is quite common for your infant to have a regular fussy period each day when it seems you can do nothing to comfort her. If the crying does not stop, but intensifies and persists throughout the day or night, it may be caused by colic.