Every time a baby cries and a wave of anxiety sweeps the entire house. Parents and grandparents – all gather around to soothe the baby. Each one has their own bunch of reasons and interpretations as to why the baby is crying. Mommy says he or she is hungry, granny says its colic and poor daddy is probably too confused to answer. There is no getting around it! Babies cry for everything – it is how they communicate hunger, pain, fear, need for sleep, discomfort or more.
So how is one supposed to know what the baby is trying to tell them? Trying to interpret what your child’s cries mean can be quite tricky, especially in the beginning. While babies can cry for simple reasons like hunger or need for sleep, excessive crying can be an indication of some underlying issue. Below are some of the commonest reasons as to why your little one could be wailing.
This is the first reason which should come to your mind when your baby cries. Learning to recognize the signs of hunger in your baby will help you to start the feed before he or she cries. Signs of hunger in infants include fussing, smacking of lips, putting their hands into their mouth. Also if the baby becomes quiet when put to the breast or fed confirms hunger as the reason of crying.
Some babies cry and let you know right away that their diaper needs to be changed while some can tolerate it for quite some time.
Need for sleep:
Babies can sleep anytime anywhere! Don’t we all think so? However, that is not the case all the time. It is harder for them to sleep anywhere and under any circumstance. Instead of simply nodding off to sleep, your baby might become fussy and cry when in need of sleep especially if they are too tired. Some babies need a quiet room, some need some darkness and some need to be held by their mommies and be rocked to sleep.
Need to be held:
As your newborn grows and starts recognizing voices and faces, crying could be their way of asking you to hold them close. They like seeing faces of their parents and hearing their voices and can sense their unique smell in an instant. Cuddle them as often as you wish. Too much of cuddling and attention can never spoil your baby, on the contrary, it actually helps in building a strong emotional bond of trust and comfort with the parents.
Tummy troubles can make the babies howl in agony. Most infants experience some form of tummy trouble from time to time but excessive or continued trouble needs a thorough evaluation of the possible reasons.
A commonest tummy trouble in infants is infantile colic. Colic is usually a result of gas that can make him miserable until he works it out. To avoid discomfort due to colic, simple burping technique (holding the baby on your shoulder and patting his back after each feed) should be practiced.
Other reasons of abdominal pain include reflux, milk allergy, lactose intolerance, stomach flu, constipation etc.
Too Hot or Too Cold:
It is common for babies to cry if you have over wrapped them, as they like to be bundled or kept warm, but if it gets too warm for them they may cry due to discomfort! Alternatively, they might cry if they feel cold when you undress them to change their diaper etc.
Any kind of physical discomfort as a result from anything like scratchy clothes or fabrics, a hard poky spot or a hair wrapped tightly around a tiny finger or toe can make a baby uncomfortable. This is commonly referred to as a ‘Hair Tourniquet’, which is a painful situation as it cuts off circulation.
Too much or too little stimulation:
Your baby might cry due to either of these. However, they like playing and discovering new things but sometimes too much of light, noise or sounds can irritate the baby. In addition, there may be some babies who out rightly have a demand to be kept active and do not like when they are left alone.
Teething can be a very painful experience for your baby as the tooth pushes through tender gums. If your baby is 5 months and above and is having unexplained bouts of crying try feeling his or her gums with your finger. You may find the hard rub of a baby’s tooth which is on its way out! Some babies may suffer more than the others but all are likely to be irritable and cranky at some point during their teething journey.
Ill or sick:
If you have addressed your baby’s basic needs and comforted your baby but you still find your baby crying, your baby could be ill. Check his temperature to rule out fever and other signs of illnesses. Usually a sick baby cries in a way, which can be easily distinguished from a cry of hunger or frustration. In such cases, it is better to trust your instincts and seek a doctor’s help for the same.
So, the next time if you come across a baby who is crying, try to find out if either of the above-mentioned causes are the reason behind his wails. A cranky baby is not always a hungry baby! To get a FREE evaluation with our Doctor’s visit WelcomeCure Homeopathy or call us at 98335 98553