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Understanding What Your Crying Baby Wants

Knowing what your crying baby wants might be tasking especially if you have just become a parent for the first time. The thing is that, babies actually cry for a reason and as a parent / guardian, it is our duty to resolve every crying session that comes up.

Why do babies cry?

We need to first of all establish why babies cry. There might be over a hundred and one reasons why your baby might be crying but below are the general ones:

  • Hungry
  • Feeling unwell
  • Diaper change
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    Too warm or cold temperature
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    Seeks Attention
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    Itching body

Let’s discuss each of the reasons highlighted above and see how simple some of them are to resolve. Below are solutions to reasons why babies cry

Hunger: Babies will most definitely cry when they become hungry and it is important to know that babies tend to want to eat every two hours after a meal. For moms that are breastfeeding, it is easy to attend to your baby regularly. For mums who are not breastfeeding, having your baby’s food at hand solves the problem with hunger and stops your baby from crying.

Feeling Unwell: This can be a bit tricky. When your baby feels unwell, the natural response is to cry. As a parent/guardian, you need to examine your baby properly and notice if there are any changes in her reactions to being carried, being fed etc. Temperature rise is also an indicator that all might not be well. Ensure you see a medical doctor to determine the cause and treat accordingly.

Diaper Change: Every time you put on a diaper for your baby, you need start a mental countdown on when you would be checking to change it. Having a diaper on for too long, without change, can be a challenge for your baby. So the response to this is to cry. It is important that you check every 2 to 3 hours for signs of wetness or poop.   

Too warm or Cold Temperature: Change in temperature can cause a lot of distress for your baby. When the weather becomes too cold, a sweater or jacket would definitely come in handy while a light t-shirt would be okay when the weather becomes warmer. 

Seeking Attention: Your baby might just be seeking attention after being left all by himself for a while. This type of crying enforces the strong relationship between a child and her parents and it also helps to improve understanding on the basic needs of the baby.

Itching Body:  There are times when your baby’s body itches and it is not possible for her to scratch. The next option is to cry out for the attention of the parent. Or you have worn a new piece of clothing and the tag is causing discomfort. You always need to ensure that this is not the case when your baby begins to cry.

From our discussion above, we note that a crying baby always has a message for the parent. It is your job to figure out why your baby is crying and what you can do about it. Becoming good at decoding the cries of your baby will ensure that the crying won’t last for long.

Is crying harmful to your baby?

Crying is not harmful to your baby as long as it is not for a long period. When a baby cries, it is usually for a reason and if that can be resolved in a short while, the crying will definitely cease.

Crying will become harmful when it is prolonged in babies. This might lead to different things such as:

  • Head ache
  • Rise in temperature
  • Coarse voice
  • Sore vocal cords etc.

All of these can be avoided by being vigilant and attentive to your baby’s cries and knowing the appropriate solution to each.

 Let us know how you handle the situation when your baby cries! Share with us.

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Monika Wrobel
Monika Wrobel

I’m Monika Wrobel, Pediatrician and also a mother of two kids from Texas. Due to my profession and also for being a mother I have a close relation with children. Most of the time the parents ask me for the suggestion which baby care products is the best for kids. I have tried to give some review of products, which I recommend in real life and also I have used for my own kids.



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