“This comes to you from the beyond, a parallel baby universe, we are the babies and we have a special message for you grown ups. For long you’ve dismissed us as being whiny and loud but we ask you: what if your ability to communicate in words and the so called understanding of the littlest of things gets taken away from you? How would you cope up with that? What if there’s something terribly dirty coming out of your rear end and you don’t know what to do? If you were to be passed around like a play toy and that too empty stomach, what would you do? What if you were sleepy, tired, gassy, uncomfortable, and in need of love and all that people did was play peek-a-boo with you? Will you not cry? Of course you will! And this is what we go through in your world. Have a heart and understand that in your world minus the spoken words, it is only through crying that we can grab hold of your attention. We are not whiny, we are not loud, we are just babies whose crying can be interpreted in many meanings. We request you to try and relate a meaning to our cries and provide us with your affectionate love and care. With love, President Baby, Babytown.” Go though the lines below to know more about why babies cry and what needs to be done.
Why Do Babies Cry
The first thing that should probably strike you when you see and hear your little one crying is - what was the time when you last fed your baby? With newborns, time is not a constraint. Some days some babies feel hungry too frequently as one would imagine, but on other days they might not demand it that often. Check to see if yours is hungry. Offer a feed and see if the baby takes it.
Although some babies can tolerate the dirtiness more than others, some babies will immediately start to cry when they’re dirty and need a change. Go and check on your baby if it’s dirty. Remove, clean, and change the diapers lest some diaper rash appears on the skin and the crying becomes all the more fearsome.
Babies tire out easily! Being passed around one relative to another, the attention, the playing, the whole environment takes a lot out of them. But rather than falling off to sleep quickly, babies find it rather difficult to cope up with too much of tiredness and let out their agony by way of crying. If that is the case and if somehow you can manage to calm down your baby by slowly withdrawing it out of the chaos, it’ll quickly fall asleep for good.
Babies love to be held by their parents though they can’t express it, except by way of crying. If the baby has already been fed, cleaned, and has slept well but still continues to cry, it may be because it’s in need of some reassurance from the close physical contact from the parents. The baby needs to be held, see the parents’ faces, and listen to their voices. Holding the baby close to the chest, while singing quiet lullabies, will comfort the baby and will quiet it down.
Babies tend to swallow in air, while they’re being fed. And this air can lead to mild discomfort in their little tummies. If the baby starts crying after it has been fed or while it being fed, it may be nothing more than a little air that’s stuck inside. Getting the baby to burp by patting and massaging its back will put an end to the wailing. Try holding it in different positions if one doesn’t make the baby burp.
Lying in one position for too long, feeling cold or feeling too warm, an itch that needs to be scratched, uncomfortable cloth with which the baby is wrapped; in short, an uncomfortable baby can bring the whole house down with crying. Make sure that there’s nothing that’s irritating the baby. Try changing the position, wrap a blanket around it, or remove any extra clothing to see if the baby stops crying.
It is an excruciating experience for the newborns when the teeth begin to form out of their soft gums. Equally excruciating can be this process for the parents as it’s a pain that they can’t make go away. Normally it is from the start of 3rd month to the 7th that teeth begin to peep out between the gums. Put your finger in between the baby’s gums to check if that’s what making the baby cry. Consult a pediatrician for further information as to what can be done to ease the pain.
Babies are eager to see the world, some more than others. The social cues: different types of noises, different imagery, and being passed around from hands to hands, sometimes get a little heavy for some babies while other babies particularly dig for that. Try and find if you’re baby is overwhelmed or simply bored of being in similar surrounding. Take it out to the park or supermarket or get it back inside the home and see if your little one stops crying.
That was the answer to the question of why do babies cry! If you’ve tried all of the above stuff and the baby still continues to cry, take it to the healthcare provider to make sure it’s not sick. In the end, tend well to the needs of a crying baby!