Among the different types of crying in babies, this could be the trickiest for parents. For one, the pain can come from a lot of things.
The Dunstan Baby Language says that if the sound before crying seems like “eairh” or “earggghh,” it could mean that the baby is gassy or they need to poop. Some also indicate that gassiness often makes the baby scrunch their nose and pull their legs up.
If the baby is sick, their cries maybe a little weaker in volume and pitch, almost as if they don’t have it in them to cry, but they needed to. Also, sick cries tend to sound distressed.
Another thing: Before the baby cries, listen closely to “heh” sounds. According to the Dunstan Baby Language, this could indicate physical discomfort possibly from being wet, too hot, or too cold.
And finally, there’s the “eh” sound before crying. This means that the baby wants to be burped. The sound “eh” presumably results from the baby’s attempt to release the air bubbles trapped in their chest.
The “I Have Colic” Cry
Colic cries are so intense parents often panic. Usually, we have the rule of threes for colic. It means that the crying lasts for 3 hours, it happens 3 or more times a week, and last for at least 3 weeks.
Respond to your baby by providing some white noise, or giving them a warm, relaxing bath. In some instances, the “colic carry” might work. To do this, hold the baby’s head in your hand and let their body rest (stomach down) on your forearm.
Colic: Tips to Soothe Your Baby