New parents in crisis? We list the most frequent reasons why babies cry: here's how to decipher his requests for help
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Very young children cry because it is the only way they have to communicate. Identifying why our child is crying is the best way to calm him down, but deciphering their crying is not always easy, especially for new parents, and this can panic moms and dads. Listed below are the top 7 reasons why babies cry. First-person experience as a parent will do the rest.
1. He is hungry
When the baby is hungry, he becomes agitated, makes verses and, once taken in his arms, turns his head in search of the breast. By interpreting these signs, you can breastfeed him before he starts crying. If he is hungry he will gladly attach himself to the breast and will detach himself only once satisfied.
2. You need a diaper change
Some babies cry when they need to be changed, others don't. If the baby cries, it is easy to ascertain if the problem is the diaper to be changed.
3. It's cold or hot
Babies have a still imperfect temperature regulation system and feel the heat and cold differently than we do. In fact, they don't sweat like adults. Our baby could start crying if he feels cold, maybe even in the short instant necessary to change his diaper or clothes. In reality, however, it is much easier for the heat to suffer, so it is better to remember that infants should be covered, but in an appropriate way, without exaggerating. To keep his temperature under control, the best way is to touch him behind the neck to understand if he is sweaty or if he is cold.
4. He wants to be picked up
Babies love to be in the arms of mom and who cares for them. There must be no precise reason to justify this desire: in the arms of the parents the baby feels loved, safe and pampered. So often babies cry only because they want to be held in their arms for a while. In the first months of life we should not be too afraid to spoil them: the desire to be held in your arms is completely natural. In particular, physical contact is very important in premature babies.
5. He is tired
Babies get tired easily. A day in which the child is the center of attention of many relatives is enough, or a light that is too strong, a noise that annoys him, and the child will cry. Let's try to satisfy his request for calm and rest and bring him to a quiet and silent logo where he can vent his tears, be consoled and maybe fall asleep.
6. It doesn't feel good
The crying of a baby who is not feeling well is different from the wailing it usually emits to express hunger, tiredness or annoyance of some kind. Once you make sure that there is no verifiable reason why the baby cries, try a fever. For a parent, especially novice, it is not easy to understand when a baby is sick and if it is appropriate to take him to the pediatrician. The important thing is to avoid unnecessary alarmism: if necessary, a phone call to the doctor can provide us with useful advice on how to behave. What if it was colic instead?
7. None of the above reasons
We tried them all, but our baby continues to cry. Crying can last from a few minutes to several hours a day. If the baby cries at least three hours a day for at least three days a week, we are talking about real colic, the bogeyman of all parents. Colic crying is easy enough to distinguish, as it is desperate and inconsolable. In case of colic there is not much to do: the baby will continue to cry despite all our attempts to calm him. The only thing to do is to try to console him and above all not to feel guilty if he doesn't stop crying. And remember that normally colic after the fifth month no longer occurs: hold on!