Perhaps the basic characteristic that every baby shows is a cry. From the moment of their birth, babies can be expected to cry a lot. The reason for this has been a topic of interest for scientists and homemakers alike. And though we still are yet to unravel the science behind this universal phenomenon, we have a vague idea as to what may cause babies to cry so much. No wonder, crying babies make their parents upset as well; to see their little baby cry and not being able to understand the reason for it makes parents sad and angry both.
Crying is the only form of communication. A lot of inconvenience would have been avoided if babies would know how to talk! However, since they do not, we have to rely on the common reasons as to why a baby would cry. At times, several of these factors can combine.
Hunger – Hunger is the most common reason why your baby may be crying. Only if you are entirely sure that the baby is not hungry do you look for other factors. Watch out if he is smacking or rooting towards your hands/breasts.
Soiled Diaper – Yes, babies have erratic toilet behaviour and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. An important indicator that your child has soiled his/her diaper is when they begin crying. Once you change the diaper, the crying should stop.
Lack of Sleep – An infant needs sleep, and a lot of it. And when he/she does not have enough of sleep, it is manifested in the form of crying. If this is the case, then you can try and cradle your baby to sleep.
Wants to be Cuddled – Sometimes your little one wants to be loved and held and cuddled and feel their parents. Try stroking and make them feel warm in your embrace.
Environment Factors – It may be too hot or too cold for your baby. At times, your baby may be wrapped in flannel clothing even in warm weather. A baby likes to be warm and snuggle.
Unfamiliar Surroundings or Posture – Sometimes, unfamiliar surroundings may act as a trigger for the baby to begin crying. While holding a baby or while the baby is in a crib, it is important to pay attention to the posture. Crying may also stem from an uncomfortable posture.
Stomach Problems (Burp, gas, colic) – A frequent and common problem associated with a crying baby is colic. This condition has not yet been understood in entirety, but doctors believe that changing the posture could help resolve colic.
Long Journeys – A common scenario in trains or flights is that of a crying baby. A child can be expected not to take journeys in a light manner. So it would be best to avoid travelling with an infant as long as possible.
Crowded Places – Few babies embrace a crowded atmosphere. Thus, it is no surprise that a birthday party is no place for an infant.
Stimulation – Your little one may or may not enjoy noises and sights. He may want to snuggle with his parents in peace, and at times he may be eager to see the world and process the changes. You need to do some trial and error to hit the bull’s eye.
Not Feeling Well – Well, if you feel everything else has been taken care of, there are chances that your baby is not feeling well. Call upon a doctor!
Just Want To cry – That is true, sometimes babies just cry because they want to cry, especially if they are less than 5 months old. Towards late afternoon or early evenings, your baby may cry inconsolably for hours at a stretch. This is completely normal, and your baby might be a colicky baby.
Even if you do everything right, the chances of your child not crying are very low(sigh). Hence, it is helpful to know some tricks on how to silent a baby. Though each baby requires a different type of handling, there are some methods that can be effective for everyone. Swaddling or cradling a baby is a method that works almost inevitably.