Babies cry. It's not something I need to tell you about, but there may be a few reasons you hadn't thought of.
So, before you either become worried or alternatively, contemplate the thought of running off to another continent, let's make sure you’ve covered all the basics...
Baby’ s Hungry
The first impulse of just about every parent to their crying baby is, “Feed him!” as this is usually the answer to the problem. The particular cues parents often pick up on to let them know if their baby’s crying is hunger related are: Rooting (where your baby will turn his head toward your hand if you touch his cheek or he leans toward you with his mouth open - Lip smacking - Putting his hands or fingers toward or in his mouth
Just like you wouldn’t enjoy stewing in a mess you’ve made, neither would your baby with their even more delicate skin. Although some little ones can stay and sit in a soiled nappy for endless hours without so much as making a peep, other babies will let you know as soon as it happens. Check to see if this is the reason before going on to the next possible cause for their tears.
Baby is Tired
While you may have no problem going to bed and going to sleep when you’re tired, your baby may have a more difficult time. He or she might fuss and cry for anywhere between a few minutes and a few hours, instead of just nodding their little heads and drifting off to sleep. If you notice your baby starting to yawn, rub his eyes, or show signs of attempting to settle, it’s likely that he or she is tired and simply can’t get there on his own. Try changing the baby’s position, hold or carrying them around, pat and sing to him – or laying him down in another spot to see if it will make a difference.
An Upset Tummy
Tummy troubles may be inflicting your baby for several reasons:
We addressed hunger at the outset, however, what about these other two? If, when you feed your baby, he or she cries, then it’s probably gas that’s troubling your baby. This may explain a colic condition if this is the case as well. Invest in either gripe water, an over the counter medication for wind, or try gently drawing your baby’s knees towards their chest a couple times to encourage the release of any gas that might still be trapped in her intestinal tract.
An Over-Stressed Mum
You know the way you’re able to sense tension in a room as you walk into it? Your baby has the same ability. If mum or even dad is suffering with a stress overload, your baby can feel that energy and reflect it in his or her own way – which typically involves crying. Try to keep stress levels down and remain as comfortable as possible. Whenever possible wear comfy clothes for breastfeeding and setting aside soft, supportive feeding areas. Remember that regardless of what you try to do, your baby is going to cry, and that this just a temporary and most likely a short phase that your little one is going through.