2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 18:44
For baby, crying is the very first means of communication. If it is sometimes difficult to understand them, they still mean something. So how do you tell them apart?
If baby puts his hands to his mouth, looks for the breast or the bottle, he is probably hungry. You will recognize these cries, which are often rhythmic and can seem intense.
The younger a baby is, the more likely he is to be hungry, since his stomach is still very small. So even if he just ate, he may want more. Also, drinking comforts him a lot, so never hesitate to breastfeed him on demand.
Contrary to popular belief, not all babies fall asleep just anywhere, as soon as they are tired. In fact, the more exhausted he is, the more your child will have difficulty falling asleep. So he starts crying. The cries of fatigue are often accompanied by rubbing in the eyes. These sobs may start out soft, but slowly increase in intensity.
Since his sleep will be more restless, and it will be more difficult to fall asleep, it is better to learn tospot signs of fatigue in your baby.
Clothes that are too tight or a soiled diaper can also be a source of discomfort for your baby and, therefore, the reason for his crying. Sometimes just changing it can help stop the attack, especially if your child has irritated buttocks: in this case, the stool or urine could hurt him. Baby will then produce small, repeated and insistent sobs. He's trying to tell you, "Mom, I'm not well!" This is the same kind of crying he will make if he is too hot, or if he is cold.
If your child is crying while looking away, looking distraught, he may be overstimulated. You may be in a very busy or noisy place, and he needs quiet. You should then carry him to a place with less light, less noise, and comfort him.
When frightened, for example by a loud noise or a loud voice, the child may cry stridently or even scream. His face should also display a confused, frightened expression. By picking him up and comforting him, you should be able to calm him down.
Gas and colic
These cries are easily distinguishable: they are usually rhythmic and very intense, and can result in shrill cries. When he hascolic, the baby cries very hard indeed, and even hugs, sweet words or songs will not overcome it. He is in pain, and indeed, this crying will only stop once the gas or the colic are gone. Gently massage his belly, move his legs, until it passes. Read our article 12 ways to relieve colic for more possible solutions.
Comfort and Care
Of course, children need love and hugs, some more than others. So sometimes baby cries just for you to take care of him. This crying is usually less intense than the previously mentioned crying and the child should calm down as soon as he is caught. If your baby is still very small, practicing skin-to-skin is usually a great source of comfort! You can also swaddle him before taking him against you: this way, you recreate the feeling of warmth and security that he lived in your belly.
Sickness and Pain
Otitis, meningitis and a host of viral and bacterial infections cause intense pain and crying. Once you have eliminated other potential sources of crying and baby remains inconsolable, you should consider that he has an illness that requires medical attention. Call Info-Santé (811) if you have any doubts or go directly to the walk-in clinic orstraight to the hospital. Listen to your instinct, it should tell you the right reaction!
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