What Makes Babies Cry?

Hunger

A hunger cry is usually the first cry that a parent recognizes, and it is the most common reason that young babies cry. They rarely cry after feeding. Babies love the sensation of a full stomach, more than being held or sucking.

Tiredness

Until they’re used to their new world, babies cry when they are tired; it takes an observant parent to realize this and put a baby down.

Lack of contact

Some babies will stop crying as soon as you pick them up, because they want a hug. Babies brought up in cultures where they are constantly in a sling or swaddled rarely cry.

Startling

A jerky movement, a sudden noise, or a bright light can upset your baby.

Undressing

Some babies dislike being undressed because it puts their bodies through movements that are neither familiar nor comforting and they hate air on their skin.

Temperature

Babies tend to cry if they become too hot or too cold. They may cry if a wet or soiled diaper gets cold or if they are suffering from diaper rush.

Pain

Colic (in the first three months), an ear infection, or some other source of pain may cause your baby to cry. If it’s colic, his legs will probably be drawn up to his abdomen. Feed on demand. If you have a baby who wants to suck all the time, you don’t need to feed; just give him a drink of boiled water. Use a pacifier, holding it in his mouth if necessary, so that he can suck on it.

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What To Do

Lay your baby down where he is quiet, warm, and cozy. Wrapping or swaddling him before putting him down to sleep can help, too.

Always pick up your baby as soon as he cries. Carry him around in a shawl or a sling. Lay your baby tummy down across your lap and gently massage his back.

Hold your baby close, rock him gently, and sing to him. Avoid sudden jerky movements, noises, and bright lights.

Undress your baby as little as possible in the first few weeks, and keep him wrapped or covered with a towel as you remove layers of clothing. Keep up a running commentary of reassuring talk as you undress him.

Keep your baby’s room between 68- 72 F° (20- 22°C) with the coverings suggested on p. 123. Remove blankets and clothing if your baby becomes too hot; add heavier clothing or a blanket if he is too cold. Change his diaper if necessary.

Hold your baby close, hug him, and talk soothingly. If you can find a source of pain, such as a diaper pin, remove it immediately. If your baby seems ill, seek medical advice.

Colic – Crying caused by colic can be distinguished from other forms because it is more of a high-pitched scream than a cry, and usually you’ll find that your baby’s legs are drawn up to his abdomen or scratched out straight and that his face becomes very red.

Colic related crying often starts in the early evening between five and six o’clock, and is not usually pacified by the usual remedies. Colic generally stops by the age of three or four months without your doing anything at all, is rarely serious, and needs no treatment but parents find it distressing. It is not known why it happens, but it usually starts in the first three weeks of a baby life.

It is well recognize that colicky babies are quite healthy and continue to thrive.

All sorts of causes have been put forward, such as constipation, diarrhea, overfeeding, underfeeding, gas in the bowl, being picked up too much or too little, indigestion, and tension.

As your baby is likely to cry every night for 12 weeks, I am against using any kind of medicine to forestall the crying. Of course, you should try to soothe your baby, but don’t expect him to respond readily. Try to take comfort from the fact that these spells last for only three months and do not indicate a health problem, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel and remember you can always get discounts on baby cloths, strollers, cribs, and everything else baby related at www.dealslands.co.uk. This site has saved me money more than I can remember.

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