There are times you will see your baby crying, this is normal since at early stages of development a baby can not verbalize his or discomfort hence crying is the main way of expressing his or her feelings and needs. The babies crying often differ. There are times you will see your baby crying for a short time while sometimes a baby may cry for little longer time.
In the situation where you will see your baby crying for a long period unceasingly be very aware that your baby may have a problem hence he or she needs your help. I remember the first few weeks after our baby was born he was crying a lot longer. It was indeed a very difficult time for us. In this article we are going to look at the common reasons for babies crying as well as tips for soothing a crying baby.
Why Do Babies Cry?
The following are the common reasons to why babies cry;-
Hunger is one of the major reasons for most of the babies crying. When a baby is not well-fed he or she may cry. When a hungry baby cries he or she is telling you that is hungry. Since a baby can not speak he or she will let you know that is hungry through crying.
Remember, during the first two months since birth a baby feels hungry more often because at this period a baby’s stomach is small hence cannot accommodate more breast milk or formula.
Illness may make your baby uncomfortable. When a baby is ill, he or she may cry due to discomfort and pains. Again since a baby can not tell you that he or she is ill hence the only way a baby will want to communicate with you is through crying. So when a baby cry for the long time unceasingly he or she maybe ill.
It is very difficult to soothe a sick baby. It is important to critically examine your baby to find out the reason for his crying. If your baby cries for too long and his or her temperature is too high above 100 degrees of Fahrenheit in this situation a baby’s crying maybe caused by illness.
- Wet Diaper or Nappy
Wet diaper or nappy maybe a reason to why your baby cry. The baby’s skin is more delicate and sensitive hence a wet diaper or nappy may make your baby uncomfortable leading to crying.
If you leave your baby with wet nappy or diaper for a long time, your baby may get infections which can either be candida or fungal infections. In addition to that wet diaper may cause diaper rash.
- Too Much Noise
Too much noise may disturb a baby leading to crying. The noise may make a baby uncomfortable which eventually makes a baby cry. It is clear that a baby needs to live in the calm environment. The cool and calm environment may influence baby’s better mental development.
Ways For Soothing A Crying Baby
In order to comfort or calm a crying baby, first do the following;-
- Check The Diaper or Nappy
Check the baby’s diaper or nappy and if you find either a nappy or diaper is wet or dirty make sure you change. In this situation, the crying maybe caused by a wet or dirty diaper. It is recommended that you change baby’s nappy or diaper frequently
.Babies need at least 8 nappy changes in a day or sometimes more. Remember to wash your baby nappy area with mild soap. Dry your baby nappy area and then put the diaper on.
- Try to Feed Your Baby
As discussed earlier, sometimes a baby may cry due to hunger. Infants feel hungry more often. If you were little busy and forgot to feed your baby then try to feed him or her. You can either feed your baby with breast milk or formula. Remember, a baby should consume a right amount of food at the right time. You may click here to read the baby feeding guidelines.
- Try to Change the Scenery
Sometimes a noisy environment can make a baby cry. You may have gone shopping or are with baby in the noisy environment, for a baby to calm down you need to change the environment. Try to move and stay with your baby in the calm and quite environment. This will help keep a baby calm.
If you have tried all the above ways and they seem not working, then try the following common baby soothing methods;-
- Turn Off the Lights
If your baby is crying at night then turn off the rights. This method is very helpful to make a crying baby calm. It further helps a baby learn that night is the time for sleeping.
- White Noise
Some noise or sounds may help to calm down a crying baby. These are known as soothing noise or sounds. Remember these are different to the other noise in sense that they help to soothe a baby. The noises produced by the vacuum cleaner as well as clothes drier are the best examples of white noise. There in order to sooth a crying baby run a vacuum cleaner or a clothes drier.
Sucking is also one of the best way that may help to calm a crying baby. Here the pacifier is the best option. So let your baby suck on the pacifier. This will then help to calm a crying baby.
Sometimes fear may cause baby crying. In this situation wrap your baby in a blanket. By so doing you will help your baby feel well and calm.
Remember it is a matter of time. Usually during the first two months a baby cries a lot especially at night. By the age of three months a baby will not cry for as long as before. Always take care of your baby and show him or her a great love. However, if your baby continues to cry for too long, please see your doctor for further advice.
Thank you very much for reading, if you ever have any comments feel free to leave them below, I will be more than happy to help you out.