Crying and Comforting

Why do babies cry?

Crying is a part of life. Baby cries for various reasons and most of us as adults we try to find out why the baby is crying. As babies cannot speak, the only way they can communicate is by crying until they start speaking. Baby cries to convey its needs and demands and this is where it requires the mother’s patience.

Common reasons for crying could be:

  • Feeling too hot or too cold
  • Colic or wind
  • Needing a nappy change
  • Feeling bored and wanting company
  • Being upset and wanting a cuddle
  • Getting overstimulated
  • Wanting to be held
  • Feeling pain

Talk to other parents

The mother needs to develop an understanding of her babies needs which would require close observations rather than just keeping baby close to the body and feeding. Mother needs to be proactive in understanding baby’s needs. If she is unable to do so it is always wise to talk to other parents as this would help her understand her own baby better.

How to comfort your baby?

  • Give him a dummy, a bottle or whatever as sucking will give baby pleasure
  • Keep your baby close to your body. Snuggle your baby
  • Gently massage your baby’s back to calm your baby
  • Make some rhythmic sounds or music as this can help comfort your baby
  • Rock your baby in your arms or a cradle, or push your baby in the pram
  • Take your baby out to get out and get some fresh air
  • The baby feels comfortable on passing wind so try placing your baby in an upright position against your shoulder and patting his back gently
  • A lukewarm bath can instantly calm some babies, but baby may catch cold
  • Take your baby into a quiet room and soothe him by cuddling him

Crying in older babies

There are a number of possible reasons:

  • Baby may cry if you’re out of sight
  • The baby may just want your company
  • During teething babies cry as there might be some uneasy feeling on the gums

Coping with your crying baby

Some babies do cry a lot and are difficult to comfort. If you find you can’t stand it any more, put your baby in a safe place and take time out elsewhere in the house.

Don’t worry

Your baby will stop after sometime. As the baby gets older and gets more interested in the surroundings and eventually will cry less.

Don’t feel angry

Just be patient and try to soothe the baby

Consult a doctor if:

  • Baby’s cry changes from fussy to painful
  • Baby stops gaining weight.
  • Baby has a fever.