10 Reasons Babies Cry24.05.2022
Some people think: “Let him scream – he develops his lungs!”. This approach is not entirely correct. The logic “shouting means everything is fine” is valid only at the time of the birth of the child. In general, small children do not cry for no reason, in addition, this crying has a whole palette of shades and sounds. You need to listen carefully, watch the facial expressions of the crumbs, and after a while you will learn to understand this “language” – the only way for the baby to communicate with the world so far.
We have compiled a kind of instruction, after studying which you will receive a “key” to recognizing the most popular causes of baby crying, and, therefore, you will understand which method of calming a baby can work in a particular case.
Causes of baby crying
1. Cold or hot.
Did the child cry? First of all, check his hands and nose: if they are cold, then the baby is cold. And if he blushed and sweated, he was hot.
In the first case, dress the baby warmer, hold it in your arms until he calms down.
In the second – on the contrary, undress, arrange an air bath, then change into something lighter and be sure to offer a drink.
The cry of a hungry baby is the easiest to recognize. The baby screams loudly, lingeringly, invitingly, the intensity of the cry gradually increases. The baby turns its head from side to side, looking for the chest. If at the same time he sees his mother, then he pulls his hands to her, smacking his lips.
If such crying is repeated frequently, try reducing the time interval between feedings of the baby. If you have been feeding “by the hour” before, switch to feeding “on demand”. And make sure that the baby has enough breast milk (or formula milk) – consult a pediatrician on this matter.
3. Wants to sleep.
Babies are awake relatively little, especially in the first six months of life. Prolonged sleep is necessary for them to develop and process the information received. But not all babies know how to fall asleep on their own. If the baby’s mood has changed dramatically, and he began to cry, does not respond to attempts to distract and cheer him up, help him fall asleep (give him a breast, shake in his arms or in a crib / stroller).
4. Wet diaper.
Even the most “dry” disposable diapers can cause a lot of anxiety in the baby when they are filled with natural secretions. In this case, the crying of the baby is accompanied by characteristic movements of the legs (knocks them), as if he is trying to get rid of the diaper.
Try to change your baby’s diaper more often, arrange air baths by laying it out on the changing table or in the crib.
It happens that the child receives too much new information and gets tired. This usually happens when you have guests. The baby suddenly starts screaming loudly – sort of for no apparent reason. Crying in this situation is a signal of a desire to rest.
Take the baby in your arms, take it to a quiet place, talk to him in a gentle voice, try to calm him down and help him fall asleep.
Colic is caused by gas in the intestines. A characteristic feature of crying due to colic is the child’s anxiety at the same time (usually in the evening), pulling the legs to the tummy, reddening of the face. Crying is loud, drawn out, plaintive. .
To alleviate or prevent colic, you can do the following:
- First of all, make sure that the baby is properly latching onto the nipple when breastfeeding, or that you are holding the bottle correctly (in the case of mixed or artificial feeding). It is important that the baby does not swallow excess air during meals.
- Adjust the diet of a nursing mother. Temporarily replace cow’s milk with fermented milk products, exclude from the menu products that cause fermentation processes in the intestines.
- With artificial feeding: reduce the intervals between meals and reduce the amount of single feeding.
- Keep your baby upright for 15-20 minutes after each feed.
- Do gymnastics and tummy massage for your baby (clockwise in a circular motion).
7. Teeth are being cut.
As a rule, teeth begin to erupt at the age of 5-6 months. In some children, this unpleasant process is painless, in others, on the contrary, it is accompanied by severe pain. The child shows anxiety, cries every now and then during the day, puts everything in his mouth, often loses his appetite. Crying at the same time is not very loud, “aching”, turning into a whimper, but it does not work to stop it.
Lubricate the baby’s swollen gums with a special anesthetic gel and / or offer the baby a teether in the form of a fun chewing toy. The bright design will distract the child, and, of course, he will immediately pull it into his mouth, which is exactly what is needed in this situation: a special silicone texture and chilled (frozen) water inside the teether will naturally anesthetize the teething areas.
8. Bad weather.
Young children are exposed to weather anomalies: magnetic storms, sudden changes in temperature and pressure, and others. Therefore, with sudden changes in air temperature or pressure, get ready for crying and whims of the baby during the day. At night, the baby, as a rule, often wakes up, shuddering sharply, and crying loudly. Crying is plaintive, its intensity does not change. If a child suddenly starts crying loudly and loudly in the middle of the night, most likely he has a headache. In this case, taking the remedy with ibuprofen helps (check with your pediatrician first!).
9. Missed you.
Sometimes children just want to feel that their mother is there. Their crying is a kind of call. Crying due to lack of attention disappears as soon as the mother takes the child in her arms. Attempts to put him in the crib are accompanied by new crying.
10. Don’t like the water in the bath.
Some children do not like water procedures and react to them with sharp and loud crying. But most often the cause of crying in the bathroom is too cold or hot water. Remember that the temperature of the water for bathing the baby should be 36-37 ºС. Check it either with an “elbow” or a special thermometer. Made in the form of a dolphin or a duck, such a thermometer will distract the attention of the baby, serve as a toy for him while swimming.
If the crying of the crumbs is caused by fear, try lowering it for a while in some water in a diaper. When the baby gets used to and stops crying in the bathroom, you can do without a diaper.