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When Should You Worry About Your Baby's Cry?

Any crying associated with fever or poor feeding requires immediate attention by a physician, says Carey Chronis, a pediatrician based in Ventura, California. Likewise, a cry that seems out of ordinary for your baby deserves further evaluation. “Parents are often able to learn the cues and recognize when a baby’s cry seems abnormal or worrisome,” the doctor notes. On average, newborns tend to cry for a longer duration each day as they get older, often hitting a peak of three to four hours of crying daily by 3 months, he says. “At 4 months of age, the crying seems to cease, and life is wonderful again,” Chronis observes.

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