by: Mary Rose
Most parents wish that their baby would grow up without crying. But remember that without crying your baby will not be able to communicate anything with you. Accept the fact that crying is a way of developing the baby language. Especially, in the first six months, babies cry to communicate their needs. As a parent, you cannot always tell, but many mothers in due course will be able to recognize their baby’s needs from the type of cry.
The most common reason for babies to cry is hunger. But there are many more common reasons for them to cry too. If your baby cries after a feed, do not jump to the conclusion that the feed was inadequate; instead look for probable reasons other than hunger. Babies cry to express their needs as they cannot communicate otherwise. Given below are the various reasons for which a child/baby cries. As a parent it is important to comprehend the baby language i.e. the reason of cry.
Some common reasons are:
Hunger: In the early part of their lives, babies may need to be fed at short intervals, sometimes in even less than two hours. Frequent feeding will help and over time your baby will space out his/her feeds.
Thirst: Usually not seen in breast-fed babies, but can happen to bottle fed babies, more so in summer.
Diaper-change: If the diapers are left on too long, it can cause painful and uncomfortable rashes. Frequent changing of diapers can prevent these troubles.
Too hot, too cold: Since babies are unable to change their clothes or uncover themselves on their own, they will cry to let you know that they are uncomfortable. The proper way is to feel your baby’s body. If it feels cool, add a blanket. If he/she is sweaty or hot, remove a layer of clothing.
Uncomfortable clothes or positioning: Check to see if there is anything poking your baby like a price tag or a piece of Velcro. Change his/her clothes or give him/her some time being naked or swaddled in a warm blanket. Also, change his/her position of sleep. If he/she is lying on the back put him/her on his/her back.
Bowel movements: Some babies will cry, scream and get pink in the face just before passing urine or bowel movement. Once they are done they will be okay.
Anxiety and fear: Sudden movements and loud noises can trigger crying. Be gentle with your baby.
Boredom: Babies who are bored cry to get your attention. Picking up your baby and interacting with him/her can put a quick end to the crying spell.
Tiredness: Babies always don’t know that they need to sleep when they’re tired. It’s your job to calm them down for naptime, not stimulate them.
Sometimes you and your baby can get into a crying cycle. When babies cry, you get anxious and start panicking. Your baby senses this, feels uncomfortable and cries even more. If you find yourself getting into these cycles, talk to your doctor.A sick baby will cry, but will also have other symptoms of illness like runny nose, fever, tugging the ear or diarrhea. Generally a healthy baby will have a strong, loud cry. If your baby’s cry becomes weak, contact your doctor right away.
Crying is almost synonymous to baby language. A child primarily expresses it’s emotions by crying, making sounds, laughing etc. In the initial stages, it is no cakewalk for a parent to comprehend their child’s needs. But with passage of time, the message is communicated effectively and it is an important step in bonding between a parent and child.
About The Author
Mary Rose has authored several books including books related to Children and Child Care. For more information log on to http://www.casanads.com/bm/children.htm.