There are various reasons your baby cries frequently. Some of these reasons include hunger, wet nappies, nappy rash, tummy ache, possible ear infection etc.
Crying is a kind of communication of the baby to explain if he or she is
scared, tired, hungry, sleepy or sick and/or the baby is looking for a warm
When you are new to being a parent, it is very hard to understand
why your baby is crying and can be quite stressful -especially when you can’t
figure out the reason why your baby is cry excessively. Parents frequently
get exhausted mentally and physically looking after a crying baby and thoughts
such as ‘am I not a good parent?’ runs through your mind.
Newborns usually don’t cry till third to fourth week after birth, this
is the time when your baby will begin crying to convey their needs and to share
their feelings. Your baby demands will be unclear at this age hence
their strongest way of communication remains crying, as a parent you need to
figure out what their needs are and respond to them.
What causes a baby to cry?
Hunger- hunger is the major reason behind a crying newborn. As the baby is
breastfed only and sleeps most of the times you can’t come up with more reasons
than hunger. A newborn’s stomach is very small to fill up rapidly and you may
get a quick call for the next feed. A hunger cry may be of short duration
around 5-10 minutes and is a weak cry, till the baby is fed again. Try to feed
your baby more frequently. Normally a baby needs 8-12 time feeds a day. You can
see the signs of hunger to prevent baby from crying such as lip smacking, hand
or finger sucking, turning his head to find bottle or breast.
Burp- A burp is sometimes all that is required to stop cry of a baby. When a
baby is breastfed or bottle fed, air enters into stomach and fills it rapidly.
This trapped air may cause discomfort to your baby after every feed. Making a
baby burp is most of the times helpful. Read more on how to hold and wind your baby here.
Wet diapers- A newborn who is breastfed or bottle fed
generally urinates more frequently. Urine is acidic and it irritates the
soft and sensitive skin of a newborn. A proper cleansing of the skin, drying
with a towel and putting a moisturising cream on after every change of diaper
makes the baby feel better. Are cloth diapers a good choice? Read here.
Nappy rash- a nappy rash makes your baby very uncomfortable
for most of the day, a baby may be very irritable. A nappy rash cry is bit
intense than a hunger cry and is of more duration. To prevent nappy rashes, it
is important to keep the skin dry and less wet or moist with wet diapers, let
the baby be off nappy for some time and then you can put the diaper back on.
Don’t forget to apply soothing cream and healing cream for nappy rash over the
eroded skin. Application of soothing creams will help your baby have a peaceful
sleep. Read more on how to treat baby nappy rashes, here.
Sleepy- Lying awake for few hours, changing diaper, baby bath time, playing
even feeding can be tiring for the baby. A sleepy or tired baby can be very
irritable. If you see your baby crying in pauses or clinging to you and not
willing to stop, a cuddle can be a solution to it. Hold your baby in your arms,
stroking your baby, caressing or a quiet place would be helpful. Read here on 6 expert strategies to put your baby to sleep.
Tummy ache- Babies normally don’t cry for longer duration.
Once they are in the arms of their parents they get settled. But if the cry
continues, and all the tactics don’t work the best advice is to take your baby
to a doctor. Stomach pains could be due to many reasons, the milk intolerance,
air, bowel obstruction, etc. Stomach ache makes baby cry in higher pitch. A
restless baby sleeps poorly, draws up their legs and wakes up early.
Over stimulation- A newborn baby is welcomed by
all the friends, family and neighbours which is sometimes scary for the baby.
Too much stimulation in front of the baby as well as louder noises makes baby
irritable and gives a reason to make your baby cry. When you see a baby getting
disturbed with the environment take him to the quiet place, mum should try
cuddling. Your aim should be to calm the baby and help your baby get a
Ear infections- This type of infection is commonly seen in babies
over three months of age. Babies with such infections are feverish, irritable,
usually seen tugging on their ear and with earache. Babies cry consistently out
of pain .In worse cases, discharge is seen out of the ear. It is advised to
take the baby to the doctor and get the ear infection treated.
How crying baby affects parents?
Exhaustion - A persistent cry of a baby can cause mental exhaustion of the
mother and/or father. Parents of these babies stay tired, disturbed and isolated
most of the day. Parents get exhausted in the effort to make the crying baby
happy. Mother, at times, may get angry at the baby but this is absolutely
normal. You can calm yourself down with calm music or get some relatives help
in handling the baby for the time till you normalize. Physical stress- In many women, a crying baby causes headache, high
blood pressure, body ache, heart racing, chest pain, etc. Sleep deprivation and
loss of appetite can add to these symptoms. It is important that when you
are feeling such symptoms that that you seek practical help from your
partner or family. They may help assist with taking care of your baby, allow
you to take some rest, eat some healthy food or join a gym. Sex and social life- A crying baby becomes an argument
amongst the parents. Mostly their reason of argument becomes as how to handle
the baby, how to stop his/her cries, how many times to feed the baby and so on.
Couples almost forget their sex life as well as their friends and family. Most
of the times, parents spend their day settling the baby added disturbed sleep.
Your life doesn’t end with the baby, it’s a beginning to a new life .Try to
enjoy your life with the baby, get a good and trustworthy helping hand to have
your day or night out with your partner. Spend some time with your family and
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