Crying in a child may be related to minor discomfort from teething, a
constipation, or a
diaper rash. Pain cries can also be related to
abdominal cramps or gas from
overfeeding. Crying from
colic behavior may also sound like a pain cry.
Generally, medical care is not needed for these conditions. Home treatment is
usually all that is needed to make the child comfortable.
If the pain cries were related to abdominal cramps or gas from a
milk intolerance, usually the child would have
more symptoms, such as vomiting and abdominal pain. Changing the formula
or the breast-feeding mother's diet is the only treatment that is necessary for
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If your child appears to be in pain, look for other signs of illness,
such as crying during feeding, vomiting, or diarrhea. Also check for a
fever. For information on how to take a temperature,
see the topic
Does your child have
colic? You may want to limit visitors and activity during those times when he
or she is most fussy.
Is something causing your child pain, such as
an open pin sticking the skin, a red spot that may be an insect bite, or a
strand of hair wrapped around a finger, a toe, or his penis?
your child have pain in the groin area? Check his groin area and scrotum or her
vaginal area for a bulge that may be an
Does your young boy have
scrotal swelling or tenderness (testicular torsion)? Testicular torsion
usually causes severe pain.
Has your child fallen or been dropped?
Undress your child and look for swelling, bruises, or bleeding.
Sometimes there is no clear reason for crying, but the crying is
different enough from the child's normal behavior that a visit to a doctor is needed.
Intussusception is an uncommon condition in which the
intestine slides into itself like a telescope. This condition requires immediate medical treatment. It can cause extreme, cramping
abdominal pain that comes in waves, one right after the other, occasional
vomiting, and stools that are bloody or look like red jelly. The child will
look and behave as if he or she is extremely ill (irritable or listless) but
may be pain-free for several hours between episodes.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
February 16, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 16, 2011
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