One of the toughest tasks a parent faces is to soothe a crying baby. It leaves you with a lot of anxiety, frustration, and fear that something has gone wrong with the baby. Your anxiety, in turn, creates a lot of stress, which makes the situation worse.
The whole crying episode can be mellowed down if you clearly understand the reason behind the same. Once you understand the baby’s needs and wants, you can manage the situation with ease.
Why Do Babies Cry?
Crying is how the babies communicate their feelings. It is a way to grab the attention of parents and get their needs satisfied.
But sometimes the baby cries for no reason. This is mostly seen in older babies. This is an indication that the baby is bored and needs a change of activity or surroundings.
What are the Reasons for Crying in Babies?
The main cause of crying in babies is hunger. When babies feel hungry, they have no other means to express themselves other than crying.
The stomach of a newborn baby is very small. It can hold only a very little amount of breastmilk, which gets emptied within an hour. Thus, the baby feels hungry very fast.
Solution: The only solution for this is to feed the baby at regular intervals. If the baby is newborn, then you should feed once every two hours or whenever the baby cries. Sometimes you feel that you have fed the baby not long ago. But still, you should feed the baby to soothe them.
Colic is a condition in which the babies cry uncontrollably for an extended period. If the baby cries continuously for three hours, at least three times a week, for three or more weeks, then the baby is said to be suffering from colic.
The main symptoms of colic include uncontrollable crying or screaming, arched back, passing of gas, clenched fist, and pulling of legs to the chest.
Solution: Unlike the other forms of crying, it is very difficult to soothe a baby suffering from colic. You should try out different methods to calm the baby. If you suspect that the baby is crying because of gas, then adjusting your diet can help. You can even consult the pediatrician and rule out any other health problems.
- Nappy change
Babies do not like wet feelings. Thus, if the nappy is soiled, they cry to let you know that they need a change.
Solution: Changing the nappy is the right thing to do. If you have fed the baby and the baby starts crying after some time, you should check the nappy to ensure that it is not soiled. Make the process easier by having all the stock you require at hand – Ordering from Yalla Baby could really help! We’ll make sure you are ALWAYS in stock. Having a monthly subscription could really ease the whole process.
- Extreme temperature
Just like adults, babies do not like very hot or cold temperatures. If the temperature inside the room is not comfortable for them, then they express it through crying. This could be happening more frequently in hot countries such as the UAE.
Solution: The best way to check whether the baby is feeling hot or cold is to touch their tummy or back of the neck. If this area is hot or cold, then it means that the baby is not comfortable.
You can either adjust the temperature of the room or change the dressing to suit the weather. It is best to keep the room temperature between 16 and 20 degrees Celsius, so the baby feels comfortable.
This is another reason why babies become cranky and cry. But usually, babies show sleep cues like rubbing the eyes, yawning, or sucking the thumb before they start crying.
Solution: The only solution is to put the baby to sleep. You should put the baby to sleep as soon as they show the sleep cue. Prolonging sleep can make them more cranky, resulting in uncontrollable crying. Thus, once you feel that the baby is tired and time to take rest, you should move them to a quiet area and put them to sleep.
- Not feeling well
Crying when the baby is unwell is different from their normal crying. The sound may be weaker or high-pitched, depending on the baby’s condition. Fever, teething, nose block, etc are conditions that can trigger a crying spell in babies. Sometimes diaper rash or insect bite can also make the baby cry.
Solution: As a parent, you are the baby’s best judge. If you suspect that something has bitten the baby, remove the dress, and inspect carefully. On the other hand, if you feel that the baby is not well, you should consult a pediatrician without delay. They can prescribe medicines to relieve the baby’s symptoms.
- Need to be held
Babies need a lot of cuddling and physical contact to feel comfortable. If they do not get it when desired, they will end up crying. Similarly, babies feel bored when they are in the same place and position for a long time. This can also result in crying spells.
Solution: The best solution is to hold the baby and give some kisses. This can provide a sense of comfort to the baby. Carry the baby to a different room or for a ride. All of this can make them feel relaxed and comfortable.
How to Soothe the Baby If He is Still Crying?
Sometimes, whatever you do may not soothe the baby. In such a situation, you can adopt any of the below methods.
- Hold the baby close to your chest: When the baby was in your womb, the only sound that he was familiar with was your heartbeat. If you hold the baby close to your chest, your heartbeat’s sound can relieve the baby and stop crying.
Holding the baby upright also helps to release gas and make the baby more comfortable.
- Rock the baby: Gently rocking the baby can soothe the baby and help them calm down. You can either sit on a rocking chair or rock the baby in your arm. You can even take the baby for a ride to calm them.
It is very important that you stay calm when the baby is crying. Otherwise, your frustration can pass on to the baby and make the situation worse.