The standard communication for all babies around the world is crying. This is how they communicate when they are hungry, cold, tired, sick, and much more. The trick for parents is trying to figure out baby’s cries especially earlier on.
These are a few reasons why babies cry:
Hunger is one of the things you will first think of when the baby cries. These are signs that your baby is hungry even before they start crying. Hunger signs to watch out for in newborns include putting their hand in their mouth, rooting which is a reflex where babies’ heads turn towards your hand when you touch their cheek, fussing, lip smacking or sucking sounds, squirming or stretching, sucking on their fingers or fists.
All these are the initial cues for hunger pangs in babies and identifying them early on and feeding your baby can minimize crying spells.
Need to burp
During feeding, you baby may swallow air when they are breastfeeding or suckling from a bottle. This air if not released causes discomfort. Some babies don’t require burping but most do. Crying after feeding is an indication that your baby needs a good burp to release air from their tummy.
Burping can be in many forms ranging from back rubbing, patting and rubbing the tummy. Walking around and patting baby’s back is usually sufficient to produce a good belch that releases the trapped air.
Needs to be changed
A wet or soiled diaper can be an indication why your baby is crying. Some babies are pretty good at letting you know immediately when they need a change while others don’t seem to mind being in a dirty diaper for a little while longer.
A quick check is usually enough to remedy the situation and you can also change baby’s diapers regularly without having to wait for a wet or poopy diaper to do so. Regular diaper changes such as every two to three hours or a short while after feeding can help reduce baby’s crying.
Tummy issues as a result of gas or constipation are normally the usual culprits that cause the baby to fuss and cry immediately after being fed. Anti-gas drops or gripe water can be used to ease gas. You can also place your baby on her back and hold her feet, move her legs towards her tummy in a gentle bicycling motion. This usually helps to release gas.
If your baby has not passed stool for a few days then it is probable that he is constipated. Consult your doctor and suppositories can provide the much-needed poop relief.
Needs to sleep
It is easy to suppose that a tired baby is most likely to just nod off and sleep anywhere. In a lot of cases, however, babies fuss and cry when they want to sleep. This is especially the case when they are overtired.
Eye rubbing is usually a good indicator that your baby needs to sleep. Putting your baby to bed early and establishing and sticking to a bedtime routine helps to calm the baby and reduce crying.
Sometimes babies don’t want to sleep because they feel they are missing out on the action so this makes them tired and cranky at the same time. It helps to minimize loud noises and lots of movement. White noise recordings help the baby to settle down easier and fall asleep.
Something hard to notice is causing pain
Babies are very sensitive to a variety of stimulations such as rough or scratchy fabric to the way you hold the bottle. One of the things that doctors normally look out for when the baby is crying out for no reason is a hair tourniquet. This is when a strand of hair wraps itself tightly around a finger or toe cutting off circulation.
A sudden loud cry usually signals pain. Other indicators can be the baby trying to pull her ear or turning her head or arching her back to avoid over stimulation by many sounds and sights.
Teething is a painful process as new teeth growing to push their way through baby’s tender young gums. This uncomfortable process is sure to cause a lot of fussing and crying. The first tooth usually breaks out between 4 and 7 months though in some cases it can occur earlier.
When the baby is crying in pain and you’re not sure, run your finger along his gums and a hard nub usually indicates that a baby tooth is emerging. Something soft to chew or cold is a good option to help ease the pain and discomfort.
Too hot or cold
When a baby is feeling either too hot or too cold, they usually protest by crying. A baby who is feeling chilly will protest when you remove her clothes to change her diaper or give a bath. A baby who is too warm may also cry out because they are uncomfortable though babies are more likely to complain when they are too cold as opposed to when they are too warm.
Lonely and wants to be held
Babies love lots of cuddling and they cry a lot because they like being held and played with. They love seeing their parents faces and hearing their voices and even listening to their heartbeats. They like to feel close to them and crying is a way of asking for that. You can wear your baby using a sling or front carrier to give your arms some relief and be able to do other things with your hands.
Not feeling well
The baby’s cry when they are sick usually does not sound quite right to you and this is a cue for you to check their temperature and watch her body language. Body actions such as pulling her legs to her tummy or tugging at his ear typically indicate something is wrong.A quick temperature check is able to rule out any fevers. Trust your instincts and call and take your baby to see a doct