Babies cry because they are babies. They don’t have another way of communicating their feelings and needs,
But, sometimes, trying to know why the baby is crying, can us want to cry, too.
A baby’s cry is one of the most distressing sounds in the world, but it must be like that if they want get attention of the adults.
Don’t worry, although the first days can be difficult, soon you can recognize some of the causes of the crying. And, in the meantime, we will try to help to explain below why your baby is crying and what you can do to try to soothe him or her.
Remember, always try to be calm. It is difficult because you feel bad when your baby is crying. But, it is difficult to be a baby too.
If you be nervous, the baby would notice and the crying could get worst (although you think it is not possible, believe me, it is).
Hunger is one of the most common reasons why your baby is crying.
The younger the baby is, the more likely the reason for crying is that he or she is hungry.
The stomach of the baby is small and it easily becomes empty.
When the baby is hungry, the cry is persistent and perhaps, simultaneously, the baby opens his or mouth.
A quick way of knowing if the baby cries because of hunger is softly touched his or her cheek near the mouth. If the baby turns his or head and sucks your finger, the reason of crying is hunger, really.
Offer your baby the breast or the baby bottle, even if you think that it is impossible that the baby is hungry again.
Perhaps it takes a little time until he or she becomes calm again, but it will happen.
Tiredness often is another reason for babies to cry.
For babies, it is difficult to get asleep.
It is even more difficult if they are overly tired or overly excited.
You will recognize this situation because the cry is whining, breathy, helpless.
The baby can start to cry at the slightest thing, or he can be staring blankly into to space.
The baby may rub their eyes.
All these are signals that he needs to sleep.
At such moments, to hold your baby in your arms can bing more excitement to him.
Instead take the baby to a quiet room, put him down and let him sleep.
If your baby is a newborn, perhaps swaddling can help, too.
Tiredness often is a reason for babies to cry. For babies, is difficult to get asleep, even more, if they are over-tired or over-excited.
You will recognize this situation because the cry is whining, breathy, helpless. The baby can start to cry at the slightest thing, or he can be staring blankly into to space. The baby may rub their eyes. All these are signals that he needs to sleep.
In these moments, to hold your baby in your arms can be more exciting for him. Take the baby to a quiet room, put him down and let sleep. If your baby is a newborn, perhaps swaddling can help, too.
We know how babies cry when they are hungry or tired. Another usual reason for them to cry is that they need a diaper change.
There are babies that cries immediately when they get dirty, other babies don’t protest unless they feel that their skin is irritated.
When the baby cries because she needs a diaper change, the cry is short and raucous.
Some babies don’t like to have their diaper changed. With these babies, the best thing to do is giving them a toy or something to look during changes and talk or sing to distract them. In a short time, you became the quickest in changing diapers to avoid your baby to cry.
Another reason that the babies have for crying is that they are too hot or too cold. In this case, the baby would cry despairingly.
To check the temperature of a baby, don’t be guided by the baby’s feet or hands, they usually are cold. To do this is better to touch their tummy, but sometimes, if the touching tummy is difficult, you can check if the nose is too cold or if the baby has sweat in his or her neck.
In this case, you can help easily your baby. If the baby is sweating, remove a layer of clothing or a blanket. If the baby is cold, and a blanket or another layer of clothing.
There are some things that you can do to adjust an optimal temperature. Keep the temperature of baby’s room about 18°C. It is important, too, don’t overdress the baby. Babies generally need to wear one more layer of clothing than the adults to be comfortable.
The babies also cry when they don’t feel well. In these moments, the cry is different of usual. It may be weaker, more urgent, continuous or high-pitched, like a scream. If the baby usually cries a lot but today is unusually quiet, it could be also a sign that your baby doesn’t feel well.
One of the causes of this discomfort may be teething. A week before a new tooth appears, the baby often is irritable, restless, and is possible he or she lost appetite.
Nobody knows your baby better than you. If you think that your baby is not feeling well and you have checked all the usual things (if the baby is hungry, tired, with hot or cold…), call the pediatrician or the health professional than usually watch your baby’s health. They will always help you with your concerns.
One of the most frightening words related to baby’s crying is colic. Colic is a term that defines extended periods of crying: lasts for at least three hours, appears at least three nights a week, during the first three months of baby’s life.
This cry is unexpected, resists shooting, appears in the evening, lasts for hours and the baby would become flushed and frustrated. It is usually associated with drawing up knees, or arching back as well as pain-like faces, so most people think that it is related to tummy problems.
Nowadays, some experts rejected this theory. Really, it is like the baby cries because he or she just feels like crying.
The following tips perhaps can help you to calm your baby:
The most important thing to remember is that you must try to be calm, although this kind of crying is very stressful. Remember, your nerves affect to your baby and can make the situation even worst.
Your baby needs to be held, to be cuddled in your arms. Babies need lots of physical contacts to feel themselves safe. Look at your baby with love, sing songs and swaying while he or she is in your arms give him or her more comfortable. Your baby wants to feel your heartbeat, the warmth of your skin and your smell. All these things soothe the baby and help him to grow happy and to be self-confident.
Sometimes, people told us “don’t hold the baby all time or you will spoil him”. Smile politely and continue doing things as you feel they must be done. Babies are little and vulnerable, they need us, our arms and our love.
To offer your baby a lot of cuddle and the feeling of your arms, even when you are tired, you can try babywearing. You can keep your baby close to you while you are walking or just resting your wrists.
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