All infants and young children cry as a form of communication. It is the only way they have to express a need. Thus, most crying is in response to hunger, discomfort (such as that due to a wet diaper), fear, or separation from parents. Such crying is normal and typically stops when the needs are met—for example, when infants are fed, burped, changed, or cuddled. This crying tends to occur less often and for shorter times after children are 3 months old.
Excessive crying refers to crying that continues after caregivers have attempted to meet routine needs or crying that continues for longer than usual for a given child.
Causes--More than 95% of the time, there is no specific medical disorder responsible for excessive crying. Although such crying is stressful for parents, children eventually settle down and stop crying on their own.
Fatigue is a common cause of crying in infants. Between 6 months and 3 years of age, crying at night is often due to difficulty falling back to sleep after normal night awakenings. Falling back to sleep on their own is especially difficult for children who are used to falling asleep under certain conditions such as while being rocked or with a pacifier.
Night time fears are common after age 3 years. The particular fears usually depend on the child's age and stage of emotional and physical development. Sometimes children aged 3 to 8 years cry fearfully in the middle of the night and do not seem to be awake or able to be comforted. They also have no memory of a dream or of the crying when they wake in the morning. These episodes of crying are called night terrors and are discussed elsewhere .
Less than 5% of the time, excessive crying is caused by a medical disorder. Some disorders are uncomfortable but not immediately dangerous. Such less serious causes of crying include gastroesophagealreflux , hair wrapped around a finger or toe (hair tourniquet), a scratch on the surface of the eye (corneal abrasion), an anal fissure, and a middle ear infection.
Less commonly, a serious disorder is the cause. Such disorders include a blocked intestine caused by intussusception (sliding of one segment of intestine into another and volvulus (twisting of the intestine ), as well as heart failure, meningitis, and head injuries that cause bleeding within the skull. Infants with such severe disorders often have other symptoms (such as vomiting or fever), which alert parents to the presence of a more serious problem. However, sometimes excessive crying is the first sign.
Colic refers to excessive crying that has no identifiable cause and that occurs at least 3 hours a day for more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks. Colic typically occurs in infants about 6 weeks to 3 or 4 months old.
Certain symptoms are cause for concern and suggest that a medical disorder is causing the crying:
Bruises or swelling over the head or other parts of the body
Abnormal movements or twitching of any body part
Extreme irritability (normal handling or movement causes crying or distress)
Continuous crying, especially if it is accompanied by a fever
Fever in an infant under 8 weeks old
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When crying children is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms
Effective remedies are available for this problem, crying of children.
ACONITUM NAPELLUS 30—Aconitum napellus is one of the most effective remedy for crying of infants and children during dentition or brain and chest infection. Complaints from fright and the child afraid to go to bed. There is constant drying with anxious looks and great uneasiness , whines and frets, constantly gnawing at his fingers or something else. Aconitum napellus is effective for all types of pain , the pains are intolerable , they drive the child crazy, he becomes restless at night. Complaints from exposure to dry cold weather, or draft of cold air. Fear and anxiety are the leading nature of Aconitum napellus infants and child.
ARSENICUM ALBUM 30-—Arsenicum album is best for crying of children , where the child is highly restless, changes place continually, despairs drives him from place to place. Child cries during or after nursing, as soon as the child begins to take food. Child wants to be carried fast.
ARNICA MONTANA 30—Arnica is prescribed, where the child cries every time it coughs or even before as if dreading to cough. Child wants to be carried.
BELLADONNA 30—Belladonna is another effective remedy for crying of infants and children from any type of pain. Pain usually in short intervals, causes redness of the face and eyes; fullness of head and throbbing of carotids. Because of sudden and violent pain the child starts suddenly from sleep and begins to cry violently. The child moans and tosses about in sleep due to pain. Jerks during sleep. The child is restless, crying out, gritting of teeth. Screams out in sleep.
CHAMOMILLA 30—Chamomilla is another top remedy for crying of children and infants from earache, headache, colic, dentition, or irritability. Chamomilla child is sensitive, irritable, peevishness and whining restlessness. Children want to be carried and held. Child wants many things, which he refuses again. Piteous moaning because he cannot have what he wants. Weeping and wailing during sleep. The child cannot endure any one near him, is cross, cannot bear to be spoken. The child does not want to be touched and is believe irritable, very often screaming with pain. Pain seems unendurable, drives to despair, more in evening before mid night. One cheek of the child is red and hot and the other pale and cold.
CINA 30—Cina is an excellent remedy for crying of children , mainly from worm troubles. The child is ill-humor, very cross, does not want to be touched or carried. Desires many things, but rejects everything offered. Abnormal consciousness , as if having committed some evil deed. Child will scream and cry when handled , but once the preliminary discomfort of handling is over the child is quite peaceful. Canine hunger is another leading symptom of Cina child, hungry soon after a full meal. Child cries due to twisting pain about the navel. Child often suffer from nightmares, and night terrors, cries out, screams, and wakes frightened. After coughing, moaning , anxious, gasp for air and turn pale. Child desire sweets and different things , but refuses mother’s milk.
COFFEA CRUDA 30—Coffea cruda is best for crying of children , especially from pains. The child screams and cried due to pain and driven to despair. Child crosses about in agnoy. Ailments from sudden emotions and pleasurable surprise. Child weeps from delight. Weeping alternates with laughing. Toothache, relieved by holding ice water in mouth , but returns when water becomes warm.
COLOCYNTHIS 30—Colocynth is another effective remedy for crying of children due to colic. Child cries, hard, cannot be pacified, writhes and curls up double with colic , better when pressing hand on belly. Sleeplessness and restlessness with pains after anger.
CAUSTICUM 30—Causticum children are very sensitive, least thing makes it cry. They are not sensitive to pain, but are particularly sensitive to any emotional disturbances. Intense sympathy for others is a leading nature of Causticum child. These child will cry, because they think you are hurting another child. They can tolerate their pain , but they cannot tolerate on seeing of others suffering from pain.
CUPRUM METALLICUM 30—Breathing ceases when crying without being angry. Child afraid of everyone who approaches him.
PULSATILLA NIGRICANS 30--—Pulsatilla nigricans is prescribed for crying of children , especially from digestive problems. Complaints from ice –creams , desserts, pastries etc. The child is always full of tears. Pulsatilla child cannot narrate her complaints without weeping. They feel better by consolation. Teraing type of pain rapidly shifting one part to another , accompanied with constant chilliness; the more severe the pain, the more severe the chill. Pulsatilla child is mild, gentle, yielding, sad, crying readily, weeps when talking , changeable. Pulsatilla child wants this and that and are never satisfied, they want amusement. When not amused , has a pitiful cry. They feel better in open air. Generally thirstlessness with nearly all complaints.
PSORINUM 200—Psorinum is suited to sick babies , sick babies will not sleep day or night , but worry, fret, cry. Child is good, plays all day, restless, troublesome , screaming all night.
RHEUM 30--Rheum is suitable for children , especially during dentition. Difficult dentition; child restless, peevish, with pale face and sour smell. Child is impatient, desires many things, and cries, dislike even favorite playthings. Colicky pain about navel. Colic with screaming. Screaming of child with urging and sour stools. Sour smell of whole body. Sour smells sour, even after washing or bathing- is a leading symptom of Rheum.
STANUM METALLICUM 30—Stanum met is prescribed, where the child cries due to colic. Colic better by carrying it on belly, resting on the nurse’s shoulder or pressing firmly against it
SYPHILINUM 200-Syphilinum is prescribed, where crying of infants when they develop this propensity immediately after birth and continue to cry. Crying of infants when washes with cold water, fretful and peevish, cries when touched.
THUJA OCCIDENTALIS 200—Thuja occidentails is prescribed , where the child is overexcited. Extreme obstinacy, child throw itself angrily upon the floor. When the least opposes screams, cannot get its breathe.
ZINCUM METALLICUM 200—Zincum met is best for crying of children , where the child screams loudly in sleep without being aware of it. Child jerks during sleep, rolls head from side to side and wakes frightened, startled. Nervous motion of feet when asleep .