Many parents experience a lot of stress when babies cry. However, it’s a situation to be handled instead of feeling anxious. Crying is the baby’s way of interaction with the parents. It is not essential that babies only cry out of frustration. It may seem strange but crying babies do serve a good purpose. It means that babies who cry can verbally communicate their distress. Though it seems exhausting for parents, at least it gives parents the opportunity to tackle the situation. Quiet babies do provide a lot of comfort and parents think their life is easy. However, it may cause a problem because quiet babies who don’t cry or don’t show any emotion are considered unresponsive. They are unable to convey their feelings of pain and at this point, a child’s specialist should be consulted immediately.
Since crying is the only way for them to express their feelings, their crying manners and habits have different implications. Hence, parents must be vigilant in understanding their crying patterns. This way, parents would be able to address their babies’ problems right away. It is effective if parents keep a log and time their babies’ crying behavior, so they are prepared the next day.
So, instead of fretting, take a deep breath and leap towards recognizing some of the basic reasons why babies cry:
Call For Parents’ Loving Touch
Indeed cribs, cots, and swing chairs are considered essentials in taking care of the baby, but babies at times cry because they crave physical contact with their parents the most. Scientific studies have shown that skin-to-skin contact between babies and parents is proven to increase a healthy bond amongst them. The babies feel secure and safe when arms are wrapped around them. They respond to your touch, smell, and warmth of your body and feel satisfied.
Babies frequently dirty their diapers and then they cry. This makes them feel uneasy and they don’t like their skin being scratchy. However, after some time, they develop a routine of dirtying their diaper at a certain time. Parents need to carefully monitor and when babies cry at that particular time, they’ll definitely know that the babies need a nappy change.
Obviously, if the babies need recurrent diaper changes, they’d be hungry most of the time. Babies cry the most when they need to be fed. Their stomach is small, they can’t contain much, they empty it often and hence they want it at regular intervals. Even if the last feed was a few minutes ago, parents should not think that the baby must have been crying for a different reason. Mothers should feed their babies again. They would know when babies are fully satisfied and would stop crying.
Babies get weary too. Whether it’s the result of playing in the crib or kicking their legs in a paddling motion, they get tired easily. Sometimes the babies are over-stimulated by loud noises or numerous activities around them. They feel crowded and are not yet able to use all their sensory abilities all at once. They may seem very cranky at little things and face difficulty while sleeping. The situation is irritable and they cry to express their annoyance. Parents need to take them to a quiet room and help them to sleep peacefully without any hindrance.
Colic is one of the many basic reasons why babies cry. A colic baby cries continuously for hours and hours. It makes the parents really terrified. However, colic issues need to be addressed because it might be happening due to some allergies or acid reflux in a few cases. These allergies arise due to babies reacting to breast milk. In cases of reflux, they spit up their milk feeds. The babies become deeply frustrated and turn red with excessive crying.
Babies who face gas problems are extremely uncomfortable and in deep pain. Furthermore, if the baby is colicky, it may lead them to inhale more air and hence make them gassier. Babies experiencing gas issues cry a lot and are persistently fussy for hours. They refuse to sleep or eat and merely cry. Mothers need to make sure that they burp after their feed or lie them down on their stomach to relieve them of their pain.
Fear of Strangers
Babies consider a stranger’s touch as hostile. When anybody who isn’t familiar with them picks them up, they show their discomfort by crying. They don’t feel adjusted or secure with an unfamiliar touch or smell. The ideal way to introduce someone to your baby is to simply spend some time together with them while you are holding the baby. Start a conversation and sit in close proximity. It is important that one of the parents carries the baby through this process. This way, the baby will be acquainted with an unfamiliar face in the comfort of his parents around him. After a while, realizing a friendly face, the baby will be willing to be held by the stranger and won’t cry.
Though they all may seem like crying sounds, with time babies develop a specific and different crying pitch or call for each one of them. Parents are requested to maintain their calm during these early years when babies only communicate through crying. It may seem infuriating but it’s the only way they express themselves. Be patient and tune yourself according to their needs and crying habits. This will only make the parents share a close bond with their babies and understand them more.