THE SOUND of your child crying is bound to instantly upset you as well.
It isn't always obvious why they might be crying, especially when they haven't learnt how to verbally communicate yet.
But hearing your child cry shouldn't instantly cause you to panic a lot of the time it can come down to them being over-tired, hungry or just frustrated at being told no.
To help ease your worries Fabulous spoke to Dr Claire Halsey, a child psychologist for 41 years who works at Triple P, to find out what each of your toddler's cries actually means.
She said: "When any baby or toddler cries they are communicating their distress or a need.
"Parents are primed to find their baby's cries upsetting and to respond quickly to soothe or meet their needs.
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"Acting quickly when a toddler cries means children feel safe and build trust in their parents."
However, if you're trying to get them into a bedtime routine it can be better to wait to see if your toddler can settle themselves, Dr Halsey adds.
The blood-curdling wail can instantly give you shivers down your spine.
The wail can come in many forms depending on your child but a high-pitched shriek can be an indicator that something is seriously wrong.
The child expert adds: "It's often a sign that something is definitely wrong for this baby or toddler.
"Parents soon get to know what each sort of ‘wail’ means from disappointment and frustration to fear or harm."
Dr Halsey recommends acting quickly and calmly to reassure and help them when they let out this cry.
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