Babies express their feelings by way of crying. Mothers have to find out the reasons of crying. Crying may be due to various factors as hunger, wet nappy, illness or pain. Picking up the baby when crying, helps the baby to feel secure.
Why do babies usually cry?
Babies usually cry when they are hungry. Another common reason why babies cry is the need to feel motherâ€™s warmth and feel secure. Babies also cry when they start feeling uncomfortable in their wet or dirty diapers. Constant crying in babies may indicate that she is coping with colic pain. Babies may also cry when the vaccination shots are hurting them. Unusual and continuous crying can also be a sign of illness in a baby.
How can I stop my baby from crying?
While there are several ways in which parents can cope with crying babies, there is no prescribed formula. None of these methods will work all of the time, some may not work at all. But they are all worth trying. First, try to determine whether there is a basic underlying problem. For instance, if you think the baby is hungry, try the breast or bottle. May be you need to change her nappy, remove or add a layer of clothing or reposition the baby. At times, swaddling or gently rocking them may also help them to feel comfortable. If none of these is the cause for the baby's crying, then go through the checklist of what you can do.
If I pick her up every time she cries, will I be spoiling her?
Many mothers believe that if you carry your baby every time she cries you will be spoiling her. This may be true for an older baby. (Some experts argue that you should not even think of these discipline issues before the child is 6-7 months old). But for a newborn baby, you should carry her as often as she likes. This is her way of telling you that she wants to feel safe and secure. Do not forget she has spent the past nine months cuddled up in her mother's womb.
When should the doctor be called?
Your baby's seemingly endless daily screaming sessions are probably perfectly normal. Just to be on the safe side, mention the crying, its duration, intensity, pattern, and particularly any variations from the norm to the doctor. Sudden sustained crying in a baby, who has not cried a lot previously, could indicate pain or illness. With advances in medical knowledge, the medical community is finding that certain aspects of crying may provide clues to illness. If a baby's cry is inexplicably high-pitched, it could indicate illness.
What can be done to help babies be happy and cheerful?
We cannot completely prevent babies from crying as it is the only way through which they communicate. But there are few things that we can do to prevent the episodes of crying in them. You must make sure that your babyâ€™s room is well ventilated. Her room should be clean and hygienic. If there are mosquitoes in your house, you must make proper provisions so that your baby is not bitten by mosquitoes.
Make your baby wear appropriate clothes as per the climatic conditions to make her feel comfortable. Massaging her can help her to get rid of stress and get a good sleep. Feed her from time-to-time and help her burp so that she does not face any trouble. While getting her vaccinated, make her wear appropriate clothes. Follow your doctorâ€™s advice in order to make the shots hurt less. Never leave your baby alone and attend to her immediately when she cries.
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- The Indiaparenting Team