It’s not always easy to identify the reasons that make a baby cry. Often your child has eaten, is dry and well rested. But suddenly he starts crying, leaving the parents not knowing what to do.
Although it may seem for nothing, the little ones always cry for some cause. Since they can’t talk yet, that’s the way they communicate.
Is it normal for the baby to cry a lot?
Yes! Healthy babies are capable of crying between one and three hours a day in total, with nothing abnormal. While you look for clues to understand your child’s discomfort, it’s important to stay calm.
And to make this task easier, we’ve prepared a list of the most likely complaints and proposed some strategies to bring back that beautiful smile.
1 – Hunger!
That’s the classic. Because they have a very small digestive system, babies drink small amounts of milk with each feed. After a while, the result is that “screaming” wishing to suck again.
This kind of crying is prolonged and comes with a hand in the mouth. Only by breastfeeding your baby will he calm down.
2 – Alert: dirty diaper!
Dirty diapers can be a nuisance for many babies, both because of the dirt and the temperature. Contact with urine or faeces often causes rashes, so change the diaper and use an ointment. Sometimes it is worth letting the skin breathe for a few minutes without a diaper.
3 – Tired baby
Sleep and tiredness may be another reason for the baby’s severe crying. In children, any change in routine, such as a simple visit to the pediatrician or a vaccination day, is enough to leave them exhausted.
And the more tired, the more irritable and agitated he gets. In such cases, it is important to establish a sleeping routine during the day.
4 – Cold or heat
Babies are very sensitive to temperatures, after all, a few months ago they were comfortable inside the womb. Therefore, crying can mean a sign of heat or cold, especially when they are not wearing the proper clothing.
5 – The dreaded colic!
The infant’s colic has its own characteristics, which are easily identified. They usually occur at certain times of the day, especially at dusk and at night. This crying is perceived by the movement of the legs.
The Brazilian Society of Pediatrics recommends warm compresses on the belly, massage in a clockwise direction, move the baby’s legs and create a peaceful environment to calm him down and relieve the discomfort.
6 – Burp
If the baby cries when he’s finished suckling, stay alert! That could be a sign he needs to burp. As he may ingest air while suckling, he runs the risk of feeling gas. To relieve this, place the baby in the upright position and tap the back to release the burp.
7 – Need for lap
Some babies like a collar to feel safe. Some calm down just by hearing their mother’s or father’s voice.
8 – Excess or lack of stimulus
The cry is sneaky and passes when you pick it up. Sometimes the stimuli are too much for the babies. Excessive light, noise and that lap-to-apple passing can make the newborn baby restless and irritated.
On the other hand, silence and a total lack of stimuli can also cause boredom. Sometimes all the little one wants is to sit on his lap and listen to a known voice to calm him down.
9 – Dentinho arriving
The child drools more, wants to put everything in his mouth and loses his appetite. His gums turn red and swollen. The pain of the gums being ruptured and the itching itself in the region are factors that lead to crying and irritability. If this is the case with your baby, try using a cold bite or specific ointments.
10 – Pure morning
Your baby is very smart! From the age of 9 months, your baby realizes that by crying, he gets something in return by manipulating his parents.
At that stage, the little one begins to crawl and want to have access to everything, including what he cannot, like a cell phone, for example. If the baby cries and you give in, he’ll confirm that he gets what he wants for the tantrum. # StayADica!
11 – Fear and fear
Sudden noises, such as knocking doors, can make the baby cry because of the fright. The reaction is usually accompanied by a small jump and screaming. Pick him up on your lap and hold him until he calms down.
12 – Pain
It is important that parents be aware of signs of discomfort in their child, trying to relieve the discomfort. Changes in facial expression, excessive sweating, changes in heart rate and breathing may be warning signs.
Wrapping the baby in a blanket, giving him a massage, lull, offering him the soother and making the “shhh” noise are some attitudes that help calm the little one.
In any case, it is essential to have the help of the paediatrician, especially when the newborn baby seems to be crying for no apparent reason or when its behaviour has suddenly changed. Over time, the parents learn to communicate with the baby and begin to identify the real reason for the crying.
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