Crying Baby?

After feeding and diapering duties, soothing your fussy infant can seem like it takes up the bulk of your day and night. Yet a baby’s cries can quickly overwhelm, especially when you can’t figure out why she is upset in the first place. And while crying is normal for newborns, as a first-time parent, deciphering what “normal” actually means is not always obvious. Here are most common reasons for babies crying and how to comfort with your babies so you can both relax.

Why is My Baby Crying?

Wet or dirty diaper – No one wants to sit in wet or poopy pants. Infants create as many as seven or more wet diapers a day, so check your baby’s tiny bum frequently.

Hunger – If your baby’s crying, there’s a good chance she’s ready to eat again. Look for signs of hunger like lip smacking, bringing hands to her mouth and rooting to feed baby before tears begin. Newborn’s nurse or take a bottle every few hours, normally 8 -12 times in a 24-hour period.

Fatigue Newborn babies need to sleep for about 16 hours a day in the first 8 weeks in spurts of two to four hours. Lay your sweetie down to rest if you think she’s due for a snooze.

Boredom – Babies get tired of sitting and looking at the same old scene. To quash the boredom, pop her into a front carrier, sway in a rocking chair or glider, stand by the window, go out for a walk or just stroll from room to room.

Sickness sickness could be another or one of important reason for infant crying. So, check in with her pediatrician. If you suspect she might have a fever, check her rectal temperature.

Gas Gulping lots of liquid can trap air in your baby’s belly, making her uncomfortable and fussy.  Once the baby is fed, she needs to be burped. Babies swallow air while feeding, which causes gas and colic in their tummies.

Burping expels this excess air, thus aiding in digestion and preventing spit-ups and stomach colic. Gently hold the baby against your chest with one hand. Her chin should rest on your shoulder. Next, Pat her back very gently with your other hand until she burps

    Hot or Cold Layers work well when dressing your baby, but too few or too many can leave her in tears. Check her outfit to see if you should add or subtract a layer.

   Overwhelmed Lastly, Retreat with your baby to cuddle quietly, away from people and noise. Sucking on a pacifier also soothes, so she feels safe and snug.

How Can Determine My Baby’s Fussiness is Normal?

Crying is fully normal for a baby. In fact, you can expect to hear 2 or 3 hours of fussing a day during the first 6 weeks of your baby’s life. So, once you know that crying is just a part of being a baby, the next step is figuring out if the cries you hear are run of the mill cues and this takes some practice. 

If your baby is crying excessively, you have to discuss it with your pediatrician. She may need to be evaluated to make sure there is not a medical cause. If her pediatrician suspects colic, they can recommend what you can do to help.

Crying your baby that’s weak-sounding or comes across like soft whimpering could mean your baby is sick and can’t muster the strength to crying loudly. Call pediatrician, so you can describe your baby’s symptoms and learn how best to treat any illness infant may have. The pediatrician may tell you to bring your baby in for a checkup

Difference Between Colic & Normal Crying

The rule of 3 excellent ways to determine whether your baby might be suffering from colic. Babies who cry more than three hours a day for more than 3 days a week over the course of 3 weeks may have colic, which is affects 1 in 5 babies. Ask pediatrician if you are not sure whether or not her crying is considered excessive.One more sign of colic is crying that’s more like screaming and that usually occurs in the later afternoon or evening for hours at a time. Although there is no hard and fast definition of normal crying, it tends to be the type of tears that you understand and can quickly quell. For example, a rhythmic low-pitched crying along with sucking sounds could indicate hunger, while a whiny, continuous cry that grows increasingly louder might mean that your infant is uncomfortable or tired.

How to Soothe a Fussy Baby?

Once you have found the obvious reasons infant could be crying (wet diaper, empty tummy) and your pediatrician doesn’t think she is sick, try these time-tested techniques to help clear the tears and make you both feel better.

Rock, Sway or GlideHold baby while you sit in a rocking chair or glider, or place her in a motorized baby swing or vibrating bouncy seat. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions regarding the weight and age restrictions for these devices.

Try a Front Carrier or Sling– Wearing your baby and walking around is a great way to soothe her. Babies enjoy the feeling of closeness and the rhythm of your steps. A carrier is also convenient, since your hands remain free for multitasking.

Have your baby face your body in a front-pack carrier or a sling for the first 3 months when she needs the extra head support. You can also use a sling, which is particularly useful for on-the-go nursing and can convert to a side or back hold when your baby gets older.

Get Wet – If your baby tends to mellow out at bath time, fill up the tub with warm water, and make it a regular part of her calming routine.

Sing a Song – Your baby has no idea whether you sing off-key or with perfect pitch. What she does know is that you’re showering her with song and love. The next time she is cranky, sing a classic lullaby, a cheesy ’80s power ballad or whatever tune you like.

Encourage Sucking – Babies often soothe themselves with non nutritive sucking, which doesn’t fill their tummies but does calm their nerves.

If your baby is crying, help her find her thumb, fist or finger, or simply offer one of your own fingers. A pacifier also does the trick, but consider waiting until breastfeeding is well established before introducing one.

Be Entertaining – Even young babies also can get bored and if they do, it can cause them to get fussy. To keep your loved little one entertained, try narrating your actions, replete with silly noise and animated expressions.

You may play on the floor with her and show how her toys rattle and spin, read a rhyming board book or turn on some tunes and dance.

Head Outside – The motion may be all she needs to calm right down, plus a change of scene can work wonders both for cranky babies and their bedraggled mom and dad. The light, air and temperature, plus new sights, sounds and smells will improve everyone’s mood.

Offer a Swaddle – This snug wrap in a receiving blanket keeps your little bundle feeling secure. Experts think swaddling soothes babies because it creates a cozy, womb-like feeling. Many parents find swaddling helps babies settle down very faster and sleeping longer.

    Massaging – is a great way to bond with your baby. It also helps in soothing the baby to sleep and      in improving blood circulation and digestion. A good time to massage the baby is before her bath. Spread a small quantity of baby oil or lotion on your hands. After that, rhythmically stroke her body. Maintain eye contact with the baby and talk to her when massaging her body.

Try the Colic Carry – Sometimes when your baby is crying inconsolably, what she needs is some pressure on her tummy or what Is known as the colic carry to help relieve gas and colic: Lay your baby on her tummy on your forearm, cradling her head in your hand and use your other hand to stabilize her and rub her back. Or lay her on her back and gently “bicycle pump” her knees up to her tummy for ten seconds, then release and repeat

What to do If You are Feeling Frustrated by your Baby’s Crying?

No one can take endless tears, especially if you are operating on too-little sleep due to midnight feedings. Feeling frustrated by crying is normal, so ease the load by passing baby to your partner, family members or sitter and then taking time for yourself. 

And no matter how frustrated you are, never, ever shake your baby. Vigorous shaking, such as that done in frustration, can result in abusive head trauma, commonly known as shaken baby syndrome, even if it is brief. Violent shaking in children of any age can cause severe brain damage or death, but infants and young toddlers are particularly susceptible. So be careful on it.

If you ever sense that you are at a breaking point, include taking a breath and counting to 10, calling a friend for emotional support or listening to calming music. Other strategies that may help, put your baby in her crib and rest quietly in another room until you feel calm (she is fully safe there).


Final Thought

If you have tried every trick in the book and you just can’t seem to figure out what is causing all the tears, a call to your baby’s pediatrician is perfectly fine. Sometimes it helps to hear from a pro that you are doing all the right things and just need to hang in there for a little while longer.

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