There’s no getting around it: Babies cry. It’s how they communicate hunger, pain, fear, a need for sleep, and more.
So how are parents supposed to know what their baby is trying to tell them? It can be tricky to interpret your child’s cries, especially at first.
Here are the most common reasons babies cry. If your little one is wailing and you don’t know why, work your way down the list. Chances are you’ll find something that helps.
This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries.
Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start your baby’s feedings before the crying stage. Some signs to watch for in newborns: fussing, smacking of lips, rooting, and putting their hands to their mouth. Observe these signs and feed them when feel hunger and avoid baby cry.
Putting babies on diapers is very convenient for all mothers. But if the diapers are not changed for long hours, babies can’t tolerate the dirty diaper. Some babies let you know right away when they need to be changed. Others can tolerate a dirty diaper for quite a while.
Either way, this one is easy to check.
Aren’t babies lucky? When they’re tired they can simply go to sleep – anytime, anywhere. Or so adults like to think. In reality, it’s harder for them than you might think. Instead of nodding off, babies may fuss and cry, especially if they’re overly tired.
Some times because of light or sounds or indigestion babies can’t sleep properly. As a result they feel cranky and they will start crying. Don’t get irritated try to understand their problem and let them get quiet nap.
Wants to be held
Babies need a lot of cuddling. They like to see their parents’ faces, hear their voices, and listen to their heartbeats, and can even detect their unique smell. Crying can be their way of asking to be held close.
You may wonder if you’ll spoil your baby by holding him so much, but during the first few months of life that isn’t possible. To give your arms some relief, try wearing your baby in a front carrier or sling.
Some babies cry if they don’t see their mother for sometime. In that case, its better if the grand mother or dad or aunty hold him for a while at frequent intervals.
Tummy troubles (gas, colic, and more)
Tummy troubles associated with gas or colic can lead to lots of crying. In fact, the rather mysterious condition called colic is defined as inconsolable crying for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, at least three weeks in a row.
If your baby often fusses and cries right after being fed, he may be feeling some sort of tummy pain. Many parents swear by over-the-counter anti-gas drops for babies or gripe water. Get your doctor’s okay before using either of these.
Needs to burp
Burping isn’t mandatory. But if your baby cries after a feeding, a good burp may be all he needs.
Babies swallow air when they breastfeed or suck from a bottle, and if the air isn’t released it may cause some discomfort. Some babies are intensely bothered by having air in their tummy, while others don’t seem to burp or need to be burped much at all.
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