Crying is the only form of communication a baby has. Your baby cries to communicate his or her needs to you. However, it can be difficult to recognize why the baby crying and this can be emotionally distressing. Here are some of the most common reasons why babies cry. They will help you identify and address your baby’s needs.
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This is one of the most common reasons why babies cry. You can pre-empt this crying by looking out for signs of hunger like lip-smacking, fussing, putting their hands to their mouth, etc. If you feed them as soon as you see these signs, it will prevent them from crying out of hunger.
Different babies will wait for different lengths of time over dirty diapers. While some will sound the alarm almost immediately, other can wait for considerable time before they start to cry. As soon as the diaper is changed, they will stop crying.
Overstimulation is also one of the more common reasons why babies cry. When there is too much activity going on around them or if someone is fussing over them too much, babies get too tired and are unable to sleep. They need to be soothed and comforted before they can fall asleep.
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Most babies feel the need to be cuddled. They like physical contact with their mothers, listening to her heartbeat, hearing their voices, detecting their unique smell, etc. They will signal this need by crying and will stop as soon as they receive the contact they crave for.
This is also one of the more common reasons why babies cry. Babies like to be warm and bundled up and are likely to cry when you are trying to change their clothes or diapers or cleaning them. Try and finish these activities in the shortest time possible, so that you can make your baby feel warm quickly.
When babies suck from breasts or bottles, they tend to swallow air along with the milk. This air gets trapped in the stomach and causes discomfort and needs to be released with a burp. In other cases, a baby may have gas after being fed which causes pain in the tummy. You will need to consult your doctor who is likely to advice colic drops.
A baby is likely to cry if there is something that is making him or her uncomfortable. It could be anything - clothes that are too tight, scratchy clothing tags, itchy fabric, etc. Such causes may be a little difficult to detect, but as soon as they are found and rectified, the baby will stop crying.
These are some of the most common reasons why babies cry. The next time your baby is crying, try to identify the cause by running through this list. Over time, you will be able to identify the cause and remedy it swiftly.
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