You have addressed all creative means to stop your baby from crying. But he still is at his wit’s end and crying as if the world has ended. Do not despair. You will learn some of the reasons why he cries the way he does. Before babies learn how to talk, the only way they can effectively communicate their wants and needs is by crying. If you are unsure of what your baby is trying to tell you, here are some tips to help you find the cause of his tears:
His cries are his only means of communicating with you, so you need to be able to decipher the reason he is so upset. Some parents have an uncanny ability to know the reason why their baby is crying by the intensity, quality and length of the cries. But if you are a first time parent, you can learn from other mothers who have been in similar situations.
Observe your baby and his environment. What are his normal crying habits? Babies have different personalities and different reactions to stimuli. Pay attention to your baby so that you could remember what made him cry, what his cry sounded like and what you did to make him stop crying.
There are different types of cries.
- One of these includes the cry he makes when he is feeling uncomfortable. This type of cry is usually nasal, whiny and continuous. You can be sure that he needs a diaper change, or that he feels uncomfortably cold or hot. Most probably, he is uncomfortable and after attending to him, he will stop his crying and you can attend to your other activities.
- There is the cry due to gas. This is a very stressful condition, because your baby will scream in pain for a long time. When you touch his stomach, it is bloated and hard to the touch. You may have to buy some anti-gas medicine or burp him in different positions.
- If your baby cries shrilly for long periods of time and kicks his legs continuously, he may have colic. Check if his stomach is bloated. This may be caused by gas building up in the stomach made by their inexpert digestive systems. If you have just fed your baby, try burping him. You could also massage his tummy to help him release gas, which causes him pain.
- When your baby gets constipated, he may cry to tell you that he is having trouble passing his stool. Touch your baby’s stomach and notice if it is rigid. Take note of the last time he moved his bowels. Make him drink plenty of water, and when his digestive system becomes mature, give him fiber as well.
- Pain may be expressed as high-pitched screams and gasps. Go to your baby immediately and look for things, which may be hurting him. If you haven’t found the source of his pain, bring him to the doctor immediately.
- Some babies are also cranky and need more care and attention. You may have a baby who is a bit hyperactive, and he expends more energy than usual, making him really needy and tired. A hug or two can make him comfortable and secure, and he may soon fall asleep.
- Is your baby in the presence of strangers? Your baby may feel uneasy being held and talked to by strangers so he may express his anxiety and fear through crying. You could help him feel better by staying at his side.
- His cries can also originate from hunger pains. If it’s nearing mealtime and you haven’t fed him yet, he may be looking for food. If you’ve fed him and he cries again, he may still be hungry most especially if he’s growing fast because babies eat more, as they grow bigger. If you’re done feeding and burping him and he falls asleep, hunger is the reason he cried.
- If your baby’s cries sounds like whining, he may probably be irritated by something. Notice anything that may be bothering him such as loud noises, bright lights, uncomfortable weather, mischievous siblings and meddlesome strangers. He may also want your attention and presence to comfort him.
- Weather conditions may affect your baby and cause him to cry. Pay attention to your baby. Is he shivering or sweating? If yes, he may not have the right amount of clothing and is feeling uncomfortable. Make sure that you dress him so that he may feel comfortable no matter what the weather may be.
Treat your baby’s cries as a method of communicating with you. Listen well to your baby, and respond appropriately so that he will know you understand him even though he can’t speak yet.