Collaborative Post¦ Even the calmest and most content of babies will cry at some point. It is the only way that they can communicate as they do not know how to tell you what is wrong or what they need. There are all sorts of reasons why babies cry, and it can be extremely stressful and frustrating trying to work out the cause, but eventually, you will begin to recognise some of the other signs that go with the crying. Here, we will look at a few of the most common reasons and what other signs to look out for.
This is the first thing most parents assume when they hear their bundle of joy cry, especially if they have not had a feed for a while. Other signs to look out for include chomping and chewing on their hands and rooting around for a nipple or a teat. When you start to see these signs, it is time to start getting comfortable for nursing if the baby is breastfed or preparing regular or lactose-free formula if the baby takes a bottle.
Apart from from that very obvious smell and feeling of fullness, if your baby is crying especially if it is shortly after a feed, they may have a wet or soiled nappy. You will need to change them as soon as possible to avoid them suffering from nappy rash, which can be very uncomfortable as you can imagine.
This can be one of the most stressing reasons for why a baby might be crying. Persistent crying, particularly in the evenings, can sometimes be an indication that the baby is suffering from could. Other signs of colic include a red and flushed face when crying, distended stomach, pulling up legs and being generally inconsolable Gripe water can help, but no matter how bad it seems to be, colic rarely occurs past six months of age.
Another common reason why baby might be crying is it that they are not comfortable with the temperature of the room. It is recommended that you keep the room at around 18 to 20°C. In terms of their clothing, the general rule of thumb is to put them in one more layer than you are wearing. Thin layers are always the best option rather than thick clothing as you can add or remove as and when you need to.
As adults we often feel very emotional when we are tired and it is no different for a baby. Some babies are happy to soothe themselves to sleep and others need a cuddle and to be held to help them get off into the land of nod and either way is fine.
It is stressful when the baby is crying, but remember, it is the only way of communicating for them. Take a moment to figure out what they are asking for and do what you can to give it to them.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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