Scowling

Why does my baby look so unhappy?

Scowling is the unhappy look that babies make by wrinkling their forehead and lowering their eyebrows. Babies will scowl when something is bothering them.  Frequent scowling may be a sign the baby is not getting enough milk or has another major problem.

A) Describing scowling

This is an underfed baby. The baby is scowling and the arms have loose skin and are thin.

Scowling is the unhappy look that babies make by wrinkling their forehead and lowering their eyebrows. They look a little sad and a little angry. It is the look you would have upon receiving bad news or being in pain.

B) Reasons for scowling

Just like adults, babies scowl when something is bothering them. Normal babies scowl for a few minutes at a time if they are in pain as with a tummy cramp or when upset as when you put them down. Once the problem clears, the scowl disappears.

Babies should not scowl most of the time. Frequent scowling can be a sign of low milk intake or other major problems.

Please see your health-care providers if your baby scowls frequently.