As a new parent, you may not be able to decipher why your child is crying. However, as time goes on many parents are able to tell what is wrong just by the sound of their child’s cry. This skill will take time to learn so in the meantime, why not learn about some of the common reasons that babies will cry and what you can do to resolve the issue. Continue reading to learn more about caring for a crying baby.
Caring For A Crying Baby
When your newborn first starts crying, especially in the middle of the night, give them 3-5 minutes to see if it resolves itself. They may have just woken up temporarily and may be able to calm down on their own.
Some Australian researchers conducted a study where they worked with families who said their babies had a sleeping problem. They then had some of the parents delay the time they went in by letting the baby cry for a bit. After one year, the babies who were left to cry for a bit had less stress than the babies in the control group. In addition to that, the mothers of these babies reported that they had less stress than other mothers. However, the researchers noted that the attachment of all the babies in the study was the same. It is okay to let your baby cry for a few minutes as long as it does not reach a point of neglect.
If after a few minutes your baby continues to cry, you’ll want to check on them. When you go into their room or wherever they are sleeping, try to find what may be the reason for their crying. There are two common causes of crying, especially during nap time, or in the middle of the night. These two being that your baby is feeling some form of discomfort, or is feeling sick or ill.
Checking For Discomfort
When you go to check for discomfort in your newborn, the first thing you want to check for is their diaper. Check to see if they have in fact soiled their diaper and are in need of a change. If not, check their body temperature as the room they are in may feel fine to you, but to a sensitive baby, it may be too cold or too hot. To check this, feel the back of their neck, and if it is cold, warm them up by adding layers to their clothes, but if their hot and sweaty, try lowering the room temperature to accommodate this.
Other things to check for are if they are hungry or overstimulated. If your baby is hungry, all you need to do is get them fed so they can stop and go back to what they were doing. On the other hand, if they are overstimulated, then you might want to close curtains in the room or turn off the lights. Another thing you can do to help an overstimulated baby is turning the noise down throughout the house.
Checking For Illness
If you have looked and found that there are no signs of discomfort in your newborn, or you have dealt with those and they are still crying, you may want to check for any sicknesses in your newborn. The first thing you should check for is a fever, as it is a sign that some form of illness is present. Use a digital thermometer to find their temperature as a mercury one is toxic to newborns and should be discarded immediately.
If you find that they have a fever of over 100°F you should contact your doctor and get their recommendation as to what to do. Other signs to check for if they are vomiting, fatigue, or nausea. If your baby has these, along with a runny nose, sneezing or coughing they could have a cold or the flu and it is important to get them to a doctor as soon as you can. Be sure to check out one of our previous articles to learn about How To Take Care Of A Sick Baby.
Soothing A Crying Baby
When it comes to soothing your crying baby, you may just need to resolve their discomfort. Remember that your little one crying is their only way of communicating and letting you know something is wrong. Other times it will take some more effort to soothe your little one. Here are a few suggestions for next time you are trying to soothe your baby.
- Rock them back to sleep
- Feed them
- Sing a song
- White noise machine
Some things to try to help them get through this is to hold them and rock them to aid in soothing them. Additionally, you can try swaddling them and giving them a pacifier to help distract them. Just do whatever works for your baby as different things may be soothing for different babies. Check out this article for more info on comforting your baby.
Take a Break If Needed
If for some reason your child will not settle down and stop crying, don’t hesitate to ask for help. This is especially true if you are frustrated and sleep-deprived because you won’t be thinking as clearly. Instead, ask someone, such as significant other, to take a turn in caring for the crying baby so you can take a break.
If that is not available, set your child in a secure area like the crib and just take a minute or two to get something to drink, take a few deep breaths, and take care of yourself. That way when you come back, you can better help your newborn with their problem.
When it comes to caring for a crying baby, there is a lot that you need to know in order to help your child. One of the most important things is to take care of yourself so you can better take care of your newborn, and don’t be afraid to ask for help as.