In the early days, when you have not yet learned to work out what
your baby desires, a crying baby may be upsetting, but you will slowly
start to recognize your baby's different crying patterns. As you get to
know him/her more, you will develop the capability of predicting your baby’s needs.
Reasons why Babies Cry
1. Your baby might be ill. Buy a baby thermometer and keep it handy.
look for some of these signs and symptoms that might indicate that your baby's crying is the result of a 'real' problem:
Baby is just plain irritable. Your little one may also have mood swings! Sometimes an
irritable baby just needs to comfort feed. Skin to skin contact can help calm him/her.
8.Infant colic symptoms: Colic remedies may include things like Colic drops, gripe water and
special preparations, like Infacol.
First off, try
burping your baby during and
after every feeding for colic relief. Some colicky babies need a little more burping than others.
your baby clench his/her fists a lot? This is the first sign of colic. If your baby is formula feeding, you can change to another brand, or if you breastfeed, you can start watching the foods that you eat.It is not very common, but occasionally, the foods a mother eats, can cause gassiness in her baby.
Signs of food allergy may include:
Drawing of the knees up to the chest.
Baby's stomach may be swollen and/or feel hard.
9. Your baby crying, could be due to boredom. Play with your baby and give him/her plenty of attention.
11. Baby wants some affection, and just wants to be held. A warm cuddle will calm your baby.
Your baby feels your mood: Those mothers, who are depressed, anxious,
angry, or exhausted, tend to have children who cry more often.
13. Your baby could have an earache: If your baby is grabbing or pulling at the ears a lot, it could indicate an
cries for no reason at all: If there seems to be no specific reason for
your baby's crying, it could just be part of infant development. As Dr.
Marc Weissbluth, pediatrician and author states: “birds fly and babies
Baby is being pinched: Your baby might have some skin that is irritated by a
label or a zipper, or the car-seatbelt or stroller straps.
Baby feels insecure: Between the age of six and nine months, your baby will
learn that he/she is separate from you; he may cry when you leave the room, because he/she is scared you will not come back.
17. Baby is stressed out: Too much noise, movement, bright light or any kind of over stimulation can make baby cry more.
Holding and cuddling Baby. Some babies like to be held and walked
around with; instead of sitting in one position while breastfeeding, you could wear your baby.
A rocking motion can be very soothing to a baby.
Sing and talk softly.
White noise can also calm babies. Like the sound of a vacuum or running water.
White Noise to Calm your Baby
When you Start to Feel Overwhelmed
Take deep breaths to calm yourself.
Call a friend or family member and ask them to come over. Get them to take over for a while.
Do not blame yourself for your baby's crying; remind yourself that crying will not hurt your baby. (It is part of every baby's normal development)
If it gets to much, put your baby down somewhere safe for a little while. Let your baby cry it out for a while, put your headphones on if you have to.
Many moms feel that they want to give up on breastfeeding, due to the many different difficulties they might be experiencing during breastfeeding, but can I please encourage you to read our page on the benefits of breastfeeding.