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What You Should Know About Purple Crying

Crying is a way for babies to communicate. However, if the baby's crying so much and does not stop, it could be the period of purple crying. What is purple crying, and how to manage it?

What is Purple Crying?

Purple crying is a term to describe a period in a baby's life when crying more often and is harder to calm. This phase generally begins when the baby turns 2 weeks, and the peak occurs when the baby is 8 weeks old. However, purple crying can stop and disappear by itself when the baby is 12 weeks old.

What You Should Know About Purple Crying
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Characteristics of Purple Crying

The term purple crying does not mean the baby's body turns purple while crying. Purple is an acronym of 6 characteristics of the baby crying in this phase. These characteristics include:

  • P (peak crying). Baby cry more often, peaking at around two months old and then gradually decreasing through 5 months.
  • U (unexpected crying). The crying baby in this phase usually occurs suddenly without apparent cause.
  • R (resist soothing). Crying babies in this phase will tend to be more difficult to stop.
  • P (pain-like face). The baby's facial expression seems to feel pain even they are not.
  • L (long-lasting). The crying duration can last a long time, around 30-40 minutes. It can be as long as 5 hours or more per day.
  • E (evening). Usually, this cry occurs during the late afternoon and evening.

Characteristics of a baby's cry during the purple crying phase need to be noted. The mother needs to be more careful to distinguish between the purple crying and crying when the baby needs or feels something, such as thirst, hunger, discomfort, fatigue, boredom, and pain.

Purple crying in babies is a normal condition, and no need to worry. However, this period often makes the mother stressed, even feels guilty, and fails to be a mother because she cannot care for the baby properly and cannot stop her crying.

Here are some methods on how to manage Purple Crying

1. Skin to skin
Skin to skin is performed by putting the baby on the mother's chest without being blocked by clothes so that the mother's skin comes in direct contact with the baby's skin. This method makes the baby feel more comfortable and relieves crying. Mother can also calm the baby by giving some gentle massage.

2. Cover the baby
Covering the baby with a cloth can also provide warmth and add a sense of comfort. This method is expected to stop crying for a while.

3. Carry and take the baby for a walk
If the baby is still crying, Mother can hold and swing the baby slowly. If necessary, Mother can take the baby to the yard or park near the house to enjoy the fresh air, so that the baby can be calmer and the crying subsides.

4. Bathe with warm water
Bathing the baby using warm water can be one method to calm the crying baby. The sound of water can make babies feel calmer and stop crying.

Keep in mind, purple crying in babies is normal and does not need to worry, especially to make Mother frustrated. Use the methods to relieve the crying baby above and ask for help from your partner or family to care for the baby if you are tired.

If the methods for dealing with purple crying above are not able to relieve your crying, you should immediately take him to the doctor. The doctor will examine and help find the cause of your child crying while providing treatment advice according to the condition.



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