My baby is 2 weeks old and cries a lot sudden, his grandma think it's because of tummy as he get pain in tummy and have they have started to give him drops of Liquorice extract water on a room temperature (which IMO is strange), how to know what is going on with my baby? As I hate grandma experiments on her.

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    Welcome to Parenting.SE! Have you taken him to a doctor to ask about it? I don't think tea is a good idea for a newborn, either :)
    – Acire
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 23:13
  • @Erica no I haven't. Midwife is due tomorrow so I might check. Well stupid myth of old people makes me angry too. But just wondering what can be reason.
    – localhost
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 23:18
  • @Erica correction, it was Liquorice extract water like booking it up in water.
    – localhost
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 23:34
  • A great checklist for crying baby can be found here: parenting.stackexchange.com/questions/2759/…
    – Dariusz
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 7:44

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Babies cry when they 1) are hungry, 2) need a new diaper, 3) are sick, 4) feel like crying.

If the three first conditions have been checked, your baby is "just crying". It happens a lot. No worries. It's been encoded in our genes, it's a retrieval signal sent from baby to mother when mother left the baby alone in the old savannah to fetch some food.

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    If only this list was complete - 5) are lonely or afraid 6) are tired 7) are overwhelmed by new impressions ....and I suppose if we think hard we will come up with a few more points.
    – Stephie
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 7:59
  • There is also "in pain" or "sick".... While most crying is quite normal and mundane, how does a parent know (a new one especially!) when it's time to be worried about crying?
    – Acire
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 9:47

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