why does my baby have a high pitched cry

I was just wondering if anyone else has had a baby who does a high pitched scream (for no reason) for most of the day? My lb screams so loud it makes our ears ring, but the problem is he isn't screaming at anything. He does it even if we are giving him attention so it can't be that he is demanding attention as we always sit with him and play and mess about. Its now getting to the point where he screams so much that we have to put him in his bedroom for a while so we don't go deaf as there is no way of getting him to calm down/stop doing it. It isn't an angry scream just one that sounds like he is being murdered (its the only way i can describe it). Even when we put him in his room, he still does it but follows it with whinging
Any advice would be great.

As parents get to know their baby, they become experts in understanding the baby s cries. Cries are the baby s form of communication. Following are several common reasons babies cry: Hunger: If three or four hours have passed since the last feeding, if the infant has just awakened, or if he or she had just had a full diaper and begins to cry, the baby is probably hungry. Most babies eat six to ten times in a 24-hour period. For a least the first three months, babies usually wake for night feedings. Tiredness: The baby has decreased activity, loses interest in people and, rubs eyes, looks glazed, and yawns. If the infant cries, he or she may just need to take a nap.

Discomfort: If babies are uncomfortable, too wet, too hot, or too cold, they will squirm or arch their back when crying, as they try to get away from the source of discomfort. The distress of gas or indigestion can cause the baby to cry, as can wet or soiled diapers and uncomfortable positions. Parents should try to find the source of the child s distress and solve the problem. Pain: A sudden shrill cry followed by a brief silence and then more crying communicates pain. The parents should examine the baby carefully to locate the source of pain and remove it. Overstimulation: When overtired or overstimulated, babies cry to release tension. If the room is noisy and people are trying to get the baby s attention, the baby may close his eyes, turn his head away, and cry.

The parent should find a quiet, dark room and hold the baby until he or she is calmer. Illness: When babies are sick, they may cry in a weak, moaning way. If the baby seems ill, parents should take their temperature and call the healthcare provider. Frustration: Some babies cry out of frustration because they cannot do what they want to do. Sometimes they want a toy but cannot control their arms and hands enough to reach it. Taking note of the baby s attention to an object and putting it within reach may solve the problem. Loneliness: Babies who fall asleep feeding and are placed in a crib may wake soon afterwards crying.

These babies are signaling that they miss the warmth of their parent s embrace and do not like being alone. A baby seeking such comfort may calm down simply with the assuring sight of mother, hearing her voice, feeling her touch, cuddling, or being offered something to suck. Worry or : When the baby suddenly finds himself in the arms of a stranger and cannot see the parent, the baby may begin to cry. Some babies need more time than others to warm up to someone new. Boredom: If the baby has been left to while a parent is busy with another task, boredom may set in. The child is not tired, hungry, or uncomfortable, but starts a whiny, fussy cry. A new position or different toy may help.

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