Ever wondered why your baby cries even after trying everything to soothe it?
As a new mother or father, you are supposed to know all this answers when in fact, every baby is different, so your guess is as good as any. But we have gathered some answers to this long lasting question parents have.
Communicating with your newborn may take some effort at first as you learn each other’s language.
One of the most frustrating and loudest ways your newborn communicates with you is by crying. It doesn’t have to be frustrating, but can be when you don’t know the reason why.
What is that precious little one trying to tell you?
A baby’s cry will vary depending on his or her needs. You will learn with some time. Sometimes, however, it will seem your baby is crying for no apparent reason.
Wet diaper? Nope. Hungry? No…
Besides the basic needs, below are other reasons your baby may be crying and some things to do to bring the peace back:
Adults are not the only ones who get stressed. Your baby may just be overwhelmed. There are a lot of sights, lights, and sounds all around in the world. Remember, your baby is new to it all, and it may just be too much to handle from time to time.
What to do? If you suspect overstimulation may be the problem, take your baby to a more neutral, peaceful environment. Go somewhere that has soft lighting and is quiet. Stay there for a bit and see if your baby settles.
Illness or Pain
I know this is not a fun one to think about. But, if all else fails and crying is lasting an unusually long time, pain could be the cause. If all needs are met, a quiet environment didn’t help, and rocking your baby is not working it may be time to consider illness.
What to do? Give your baby a good checking over. Diaper irritation is sometimes the case, which can be seen as redness or rash. Check your baby’s eyes. A baby’s eyes are sensitive and could have been scratched by something. Check temperature. A temperature of 100.4 or more is cause for concern and time to call the doctor.
The Afternoon Cry
Crying in the late afternoon or evening is sometimes normal for babies, especially less than 5 months old. It may not mean anything is wrong. Babies just get tired and restless at times. The trick is to know your baby well, so you know if the cry is unusual.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- Does the cry sound different?
- Is my baby crying for longer than usual?
- Is this type of cry or time of day unusual for my baby?
As you and your baby continue to bond, communication will become easier. Enjoy your expanding relationship.