It is normal for babies to cry, as this is their way of communicating, to let you know something is wrong or that they need something. Sometimes, it can feel like your baby is crying for no reason, especially when your baby is crying inconsolably and you’ve tried everything.

Why is my baby crying for hours?

There are many reasons a baby may cry inconsolably. Possible reasons may include:

  • Food allergy, e.g. Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA)
  • Suffering from colic
  • Acid reflux
  • Hungry
  • Tired
  • Bored
  • Your baby or uncomfortableis uncomfortable
  • Gas
  • Anxiety or stress

Could it be Cows’ Milk Allergy?

Inconsolable crying is a common symptom for babies with CMA and is very common in babies under three months. Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.

If you think that your baby is crying inconsolably, it may be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides inconsolable crying), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.

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For a simple and easy way to understand the symptoms associated with CMA, you can use our symptom checklist. Use our symptom diary to monitor and track your baby’s symptoms.

If your baby’s inconsolable crying is caused by a food allergy such as CMA, you can try our infant formula, specifically designed to help manage CMA symptoms.

SmilesBack App

Cows’ milk allergy (CMA) is a common food allergy in baby’s and young children but it is often challenging to diagnose and may take many months and doctors appointments. If you suspect that your baby might have cows’ milk allergy, you can use SmilesBack to help shorten the journey to diagnosis and help put smiles back where they belong.

SmilesBack is an easy-to-use app that has been developed with allergy experts and tested by parents. It enables you to easily record your baby’s symptoms and feeds and summarise them in a one-page, expert-designed report, to support your doctor before they make a diagnosis.



IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and provides many benefits to babies and mothers. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use infant formula, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.