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Crying Babies

All babies cry - it's their only means of communication. Whilst crying is normal in newborn infants, it's a good idea to make sure you learn to understand the difference between crying because a baby's hungry, as opposed to crying because baby has colic or is really unwell.

Excessive crying is very trying for both mother and baby. Sometimes it can occur at a certain time every day and this makes it easier to determine the cause. Crying continuously is usually a sign baby is in some distress and finding the cause is not always very easy.

Many babies suffer from evening colic, which occurs after the evening feed. It may be that a buildup of wind in baby's stomach during the course of the day suddenly becomes extremely painful, but whatever the cause mother and baby suffer distress.

If baby isn't getting enough substance from the milk it will make baby feel hungry even after a feed, and so crying is inevitable.

Another reason could be that the infant is allergic to something in the milk feed. Even if you're breast feeding it could well be something you yourself have eaten which is getting through to baby's stomach and causing pain.

Other reasons for baby's crying episodes could be:

  • Baby is too hot or too cold
  • Loneliness
  • Boredom
  • Fear of being left alone
  • Teething
  • Dirty nappy

Whatever the cause there's no doubt continuous crying can have an extremely upsetting and tiring effect upon the whole household. So what can you do to help alleviate baby's suffering?

Reassurance is important to a tiny infant, so cuddling and keeping baby close will often soothe and control the crying. A baby sling so that baby can hear mother or father's heartbeat will often reassure an unhappy infant.

Soft music, or quietly singing to a baby has proved to create a feeling of security particularly if baby has had a busy day with lots of interaction. Going for a walk, or a ride in the car are all good ways to calm baby down and hopefully sleep will follow.

Babies pick up on atmospheres within the home, so if you're feeling very tired and irritable this will have an effect upon your baby. A mother whose uncertain what to do with her baby will make baby feel insecure, so it's important to relax as much as possible and try to keep the atmosphere around baby as calm as possible.

Remember, crying is perfectly natural and to some extent all babies should cry some time during the day. However, if the crying is becoming impossible and causing you and your family a great deal of distress, then seek help and advice from your doctor or local baby clinic. They're there to allay your fears and advise you on any matters that are causing you concern.

As baby develops and learns how to communicate the crying should decrease. By this time you will have learned baby's likes and dislikes which in turn will hopefully lead to a happy household!

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