6 Reasons Babies Cry and How to Soothe Them
It can be tough listening to a crying baby. Take a deep breath – and check out these common causes for baby’s cries and how to manage them.
1. I’m Crying Because I Feel Uncomfortable
-Change diaper if it is soiled or full
-Apply nappy rash cream if his bottom is sore
-Ensure a comfortable environment. Don’t overdress baby.
2. I’m Crying Because I’m Hungry
Baby may still be hungry even if you’ve fed him.
-Give him one more feed to see if he stops crying
-Book an appointment with a lactation consultant if it happens often
3. I’m Crying Because I Have Wind
-Burp baby during and after feeding to expel swallowed air due to crying or feeding
-Ensure a proper latch during breastfeeding
4. I’m Crying Because I’m Overstimulated
When baby stays awake for longer than usual, or becomes overwhelmed by being around unfamiliar faces and places.
-Try and set a daily routine for baby with fixed nap and bedtimes
-Calm baby down before settling him to sleep
5. I’m Crying Because I Don’t Feel Well
His cries will usually be weaker, more continuous or high-pitched.
-See a doctor/paediatrician immediately if he has a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhoea or constipation.
6. I’m Crying Because I Have Colic
This usually happens when baby is about four to six weeks old. It can last from half an hour to more than six hours. Besides crying, they may curl up their legs and tense their abdomen.
-Cuddle or soothe baby by talking, singing or playing music
-Rock baby gently in your arms or an infant swing
-Gently rub his back or tummy in a clockwise direction using massage oils or cream. Do this when baby is settled and alert
-Offer baby a pacifier as sucking is soothing for babies and calms them down
-Consult a paediatrician to find out if anti-colic medication is required