Baby Crying what should i do ?
Lets face it all babies cry and sometimes many mothers may think that their baby suffers from excessive baby crying. Excessive baby crying perceived by one mother maybe quite normal for another.
The question on many parents minds is why do babies cry? What is it that they want and need and what is it that we can do to stop babies crying. If we had the answer to this parents all over the world would get a better nights rest.
Baby experts all over the world have been studying why babies cry so much and why there are differences between babies. Some babies cry excessively and all the time while other babies can be easily pacified when they are crying.
There are many different reasons as to why baby crying is more of a problem for some than others:
Signs and communication - Crying is the way that babies try to communicate that they need something. The following are reasons why a crying baby may be trying to communicate with you try the following hints to see if any of them work to stop your baby crying.
- They are hungry - babies cry when they are hungry and some babies may feel hungry more often than others and at odd times of the day. To test if hunger is the reason, offer your baby some milk to see if it resolved the issue. If you baby takes a little milk but then continues to cry it is unlikely that this is the reason that they are crying.
- Comforting - some babies just need the comfort of a dummy or a breast to suck on this can give your baby the comfort he or she needs to get a good nights sleep. Some babies are more affectionate than others and just need to be held and cuddled. Try cuddling your baby, giving him a dummy or gently rocking your baby.
- Full of energy - if your baby isn’t tired and you put him to bed he will cry probably from boredom. Try keeping your baby active before bed time so she or she is tried. Another method is to have a mobile above the bed and rattles / toys to keep your baby occupied so he doesn’t get bored at bedtime.
- Over- tiredness - sometimes if babies are too tired they will cry because they feel irritated and overactive whilst at the same time tired. Many adults find it difficult to sleep after a late night at work even though they are tired because their brain hasn’t had a chance to “switch off” before going to bed. It may be worth trying to leave your baby in a quiet dark room possibly with some gentle soothing or relaxing music.
- Thirsty - even if your baby is not hungry he or she could be thirsty it is always worth trying to offer your baby some water when crying to see if this will solve the problem.
- Soiled nappies - a wet or dirty nappy will cause your baby discomfort and could be a reason for them crying. Check your babies nappy to see if this is an issue and change it as soon as possible.
- Temperature - if your baby is in a room that is either too hot and is sweating or overheated or in a room that is too cold he or she may feel irritable and begin to cry. Ideally the room that your baby sleeps in should be around 18°C (65°F).
Your chlids temperament - Children tend to differ when it comes to their temperaments. A lot depends on your luck, whether your child is fussy, easily upset, and irritable, or is placid, content, and easy-going.
Parents moods may make a baby cry
A mother’s feelings and moods may affect how long her child cries. Those mothers, who are depressed, anxious, angry, or exhausted, tend to have children who cry extensively. Similarly those mothers, who have relationship issues with their partners, or feel rejected due to their child’s crying, are more likely to have children who cry excessively. We are not saying the feelings of the mother caused the child to cry more frequently, but they are usually a factor that causes the child to cry more.
The feelings of a father may also have some effect - a recent Swedish study found that fathers, who felt that the birth of their child was distressing or upsetting in some manner, were more likely to have a child who cried extensively during the first few months after birth.
Colic and crying babies
Colic is a term that describes excessive crying among children. It usually starts around two weeks after birth and tends to get better by the time the child is four months old, but it may last even longer. Crying episodes may reach a peak during late afternoon and evening hours. Many theories have been submitted to try explaining what causes the colic. One of them suggests that colic is because of muscular spasms that affect the gut, causing cramp-like pains after the child has eaten. There is very little evidence to favor any particular theory over another. It gets difficult to say which treatment is best for colic.
Colic drops, gripe water and special preparations like Infacol have been used to treat colic. But they have not been proven to be effective. Many forms of massage have been recommended for children with colic. It is possible that these repetitive movements (or others like ‘cycling’ your child’s legs) may produce a calming effect. Some persons say the application of gentle pressure on a child’s tummy will ease colic. Try it by lying your child face down over your shoulder or knees. Some babies may be allergic to protein found in cows’ milk. You can try eliminating it from your child’s diet.
Cutting out cows’ milk for a couple of weeks may work for breastfeeding mothers. If a child is bottle-fed, talk to your physician about prescribing alternatives to the standard milks featuring infant formulae.
Finally, be sure that your child is not crying because he or she is ill. If your child is ill, there will be other symptoms like a runny nose, temperature, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, and drowsiness. He or she may not be interested in eating food. If you feel your child may be ill, consult with your doctor immediately for medical advice.