Sunday, 11 March 2012

Why Is My Baby Crying?

First I want to point out that in no way what-so-ever am I claiming to be a doctor by any means. I am simply a mom of two wonderful kidlets who has picked up some things along the way that I wanted to share with you.

My sister-in-law is about to give birth to our first niece or nephew any time now and I got to thinking about a check list I received when I had my first born. It was a list of sorts to go down and 'check off' some of the reasons our new bundle of love may be crying. Problem is, I have no idea where this little list is now, so I have concocted one for any new Mommy's or Daddy's-to-be, that may find this useful. These tips are not in any sort of order, just suggestions when you are in the moment.

Secondly I want to say that these are just a few, very common reasons, your new bundle may be crying. Again, these tips are not meant to be medical advice, nor are they the only reason why your baby may be crying. Of course, when in doubt, consult a medical professional. Ok, let's get on with it.

Why Is My Baby Crying??

Needs Bum Change
For the obvious reason, the diaper is soiled but also, the diaper may just be in an uncomfortable position or pinching the baby.

Needs to Burp
Even though you burp the baby after they feed, they can still develop a gas bubble just like you or me.

Needs Feeding
The baby may be hungry or may STILL be hungry. You can consult your family physicians or pediatrician as to how much is appropriate for the age if you are unsure.

Has Gas
Give the baby a belly massage. There may be a pocket of gas trapped in baby's belly and can be released with belly massage or by bringing their knees gently to their chest. You can Google videos for baby belly massages.

Needs Clothes Changed
Just as with the diaper, something may be making the baby uncomfortable, snagging or pinching the baby. Sometimes a change of clothes is all that is needed. Also, baby may be too hot or too cold, adjust clothing accordingly.

Needs a Snuggle
Simple right? Sometimes the baby just needs a little loving!

Needs to be Soothed
Rub the baby's back, sing to the baby, rock the baby and I am sure a good, soft 'Shhhhhhh' always helps calm them down.You can also try placing the baby on your chest to hear your heartbeat, after all, that's what baby heard for 9 months!

Needs Position Changed
We get uncomfortable sometimes and can just flip over. Baby needs your help with that, as everything. They just may need a change of position.

Needs to be Swaddled
Babies are used to being in compact bundles. Swaddle them up, they feel secure that way. Of course, do not cover their little faces :)

Needs to Play
Maybe baby just needs a little interaction. Babies need stimulation just like we do.

Needs to Sleep
The baby may be tired. If the baby has woken and you have tried all these ideas to no avail, see if the baby is ready to go back to sleep. Maybe baby just needed a good cry?

Is Over Stimulated
Just like babies can be under stimulated, they can be over stimulated as well. Say if you were in a large group, baby may just need some quiet time. Take them to another room with you or go for a walk if you can.

Hopefully this is of some help to new Mom's (or Dad's) out there. I know I really appreciated my list when I was a new Mom. Try to remember, they won't cry forever and when you have had enough and need a time out, switch with your partner, a friend or family member, for a few moments while you calm down. When you're ready, you can get back in there! Congratulations New Mommy!!

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  1. Oh my word, burps are a killer. They just don't want to come out!:) Good list here.

  2. Oh yes, I remember all that vividly! haha. Glad those days are over in a way though. I remember my son being gassy and we had a billion different techniques we had to use with him for the first few months. The only way I could get my daughter to burp good was to jiggle her on my knee. lol.

    1. Ahhh, my son had Pyloric Stynosis when he was little and the doctors thought it was GERDs initially, not fun but well worth it now :)

  3. Great insight, Shantalle! So many new moms should read this!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  4. I still get butterflies in my stomach when an infant cries on TV and Riley is in bed. It brings back way too many sleepless nights of guessing what's wrong. Thanks for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays at The NY Melrose Family.

    1. Thanks Jenny! It is a guessing game for new mummies, thats for sure.

  5. I caught an episode of Oprah a couple years back where she had a woman on there who had decoded newborn cries into a language. It was absolutely fascinating! And I think it really worked! As you get to know your own baby it seems like you instinctively know what they want/need...but to think that there is a universal language to baby cries kind of makes sense! if you didn't happen to see it...I think there may be a YouTube Video out there of it. Still if you don't know your baby's language your list can be turned into a nice extensive checklist to figuring it out! Visiting from Serenity Now's blog hop!

    1. Thank you, I will be sure to check that out! Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate it!! :D

  6. great post!!

    thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday!
    Can't wait to see what you link up later today!

    Natasha xxx

  7. Stopping by from the ABC and 123 link up. Good tips for moms and caregivers.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Erica and saying Hi! Nice to have you :)

  8. Great tips for moms! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

    1. Thanks as always Rachel! Hope you are having a great weekend!!

  9. My mom often tells the story of when my cousin changed my diaper when I was a baby and she stuck the diaper pin right through my hip! So, checking the diaper is good advice :)

    1. Ewww, OUCH!!! Dear goodness that can give a Momma a heart attack! Shivers over here for your little hip :) Glad you have recovered ;) Thanks for stopping by and sharing *hugs*