This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Family Doctor" book
A word here about babies' crying. A healthy child, not teething, if well taken care of, will very seldom cry. If it becomes very hungry, and is not nourished, or is cold, or too warm, or is left with garments soiled and wet, of course it cries. And, the habit once formed, cry it will, though the whole household and neighborhood regard it as a " crying evil."
Several sorts-of crying may be observed, which it is desirable to understand. First there is the cry of surprise, on the child being first ushered into the world. That is all right and natural.
Next, comes the calling cry, of hunger, thirst, or other want. Sharper and shriller, sometimes a violent scream, is the cry of pain; as of colic or earache; or of fright, as when a babe rolls out of its bed or crib upon the floor. Much like the cry of simple want, but habitually harsher in manner, is that of demand or command, of a child
I already spoiled; finding that whatever it cries for it will get. An aggravation only of this, ! is the (sometimes fairly impish) roar and succession of screams, of temper and passion Disease has various cries; according to its character. Sometimes it is only a faint moan, attending nearly every breath. Other times it is hoarse, as in croup; along with a short, barking cough. Or it may be the wild scream of inflammation of the brain.