Purple Crying In Newborns: What Does It Mean?

Purple Crying In Newborns: What Does It Mean?

30 Nov 2022 | 3 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

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Babies cry especially in the first few weeks after they are born, that’s because they are not only adjusting to the whole new environment outside but also because crying is the only way babies communicate. Some babies tend to cry more and new parents can get worried because they cannot understand why the baby is crying. While colic, hunger and sleep are the most common reasons could be purple crying in newborns.

Purple crying in babies, what does it mean? Read on to know more.

Meaning Of Purple Crying In Newborns

You may think that the phrase purple crying comes from the fact that a baby’s face turns purple when they cry but that’s not the case. Here’s what the word ‘purple’ in purple crying stands for

P means the peak of crying. Babies cry the most when they are about eight weeks old and then it reduces as they grow older.

U means unexpected: Your newborn may start or stop crying suddenly without any reason.

R means resists soothing: No matter how hard you try to soothe your baby, they won’t stop crying.

P means pained look: Your baby may have a pained expression on their face as if they are in a lot of pain. This often worries parents.  

L means long crying spells: A baby can cry for up to five hours or more. 

E means evening crying:  Your baby is most likely to cry more in the afternoon or evening than earlier in the day.

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When Do Newborns Go Through Purple Crying?

When newborns are around two weeks old they usually go through purple crying. They cry without any reason and can be inconsolable. Most parents may feel guilty and helpless when a baby goes through purple crying, remember you aren’t doing anything wrong, most babies go through this phase and it’s normal.

How To Deal With Purple Crying In Newborns?

The first thing you need to do to deal with purple crying in newborns is to stay calm. Parents need to calm down and be patient. If your baby’s constant crying is frustrating you, take a short break. Place the baby down in a crib or a safe place or ask family or friends to take over for a while. Some of the ways to soothe a baby with purple crying are:

  • Giving them a soothing massage with a natural baby massage oil.
  • Giving the baby a warm bath with a soothing natural baby bath wash.
  • Singing to the baby.
  • Carrying them close to you in a sling.
  • Skin-to-skin contact.
  • White noise.
  • Taking them for a walk in the stroller.
  • Taking them for a drive.

Even though it can be very frustrating for parents, it’s important to remember that your baby will eventually grow out of it.



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