Your baby coos and giggles during the day, but in the late afternoon or early evening he starts crying and nothing you do helps. A baby, who seems to be crying more than they ever have before, especially around just a few weeks of age, is absolutely normal.
All babies go through a period of increased crying, and there’s actually a name for it: the Period of Purple Crying. Experts consider it a normal stage of development for every baby.
The word period is very important to remember because it reminds you that these episodes are temporary and they eventually will stop. Additionally, it’s a relief to know that these extended periods of crying don’t mean that your baby is sick or abnormal.
When you know that these episodes are normal, it becomes easier to deal with the frustration that occurs. Manage your frustrations appropriately—inconsolable crying is the leading reason frustrated caregivers sometimes shake babies, which can lead to brain damage or death.
What is Purple Crying?
Purple crying does not mean that the baby turns “purple” with crying, but stands for an acronym developed to describe the common characteristics.
There is a PEAK to the crying
Crying is UNEXPECTED
Baby tends to RESIST calming/soothing
Baby makes a PAIN-LIKE face
Crying may be LONG LASTING
Crying increases in the EVENING
Managing Inconsolable Crying
Stay calm while trying to soothe your baby; make sure his needs are met:
If all fails, take a 5-10 minute break. If another trusted person isn’t available to hold baby, place him in his crib on his back and walk away. Check on him every 5-10 minutes until the crying episode passes.