How to Stop Babies From Crying If Nothing Seems to Work
Babies cry for any number of reasons, and it can be hard to figure out what is wrong and how to stop them from crying. The good news is that once you get into a routine, you can usually figure out if there is anything serious wrong, and follow a simple process to stop a child from crying.
Reason Number One – Hunger
Hunger is one of the main reasons why babies cry. The younger the infant, the more likely it is that the reason they are crying is hunger. A newborn baby’s stomach holds a few spoonfuls of liquid barely, so if you are breastfeeding, you’d better get used to feeding on demand. It may even help to get into the habit of feeding your baby before they start crying. There are several signs that a newborn baby is hungry. They start fussing, smacking their lips, and rooting (turning their head to face you if you stroke their cheek). They will also put their hands up towards their mouth. Offer food at that stage to avoid the tears. You won’t need to feed your newborn as often as you do when as he or she gets older.
Reason Number Two – Gas and Colic
Gas and colic are common reasons for crying. Colic is a rather strange condition with some mystery surrounding it. It’s difficult to see what causes it or how to soothe it. A baby with colic could cery for several hours a day, multiple days a week for several weeks! If you’ve never had a baby before you might be convinced that the child is critically ill, but the truth is that colic is relatively normal, and while it is important to try to soothe it, you may have to just wait it out.
Gas and digestive issues can be a serious problem for babies. You can often treat it by lying your baby on its back, grasping its feet, and moving its legs in a bicycling motion. This movement helps to massage the tummy (without you putting too much pressure on it) and will get rid of the gas.
Sometimes, even the pressure of elasticated pants on the abdominal area can cause irritation and belly pain, which can make a baby cry. Sometimes it can be constipation. Giving your infant a bit of time resting on its tummy in a safe environment (not in the cot, sleeping face down can be very dangerous for babies) can work wonders if your child is distressed and showing symptoms of colic.
Trapped gas can come out in a burp as well. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to burp your baby many children are perfectly healthy and do perfectly fine without regular burping. However, some babies cry immediately after feeding because they have swallowed a lot of air. In those cases, burping is useful. Simply holding your baby on your shoulders, and gently patting their back will help to get the gas out, and stop them from crying.
Reason Number Three- Needs a Change
Dirty diapers are another common issue with younger children, of any age. Some babies will tolerate dirty diapers for a good while long enough for you to notice of your accord that they need a change. Others will cry almost as soon as they soil their diapers. For this reason, if your baby starts crying, checking the diapers should be the first thing that you do it’s the easiest thing to check, and it’s the easiest thing to fix too.
Reason Number Four- Tiredness
When a baby is tired, they’re quite likely to cry. You might wonder why they don’t just sleep right away, but it’s hard for a baby to sleep. They need the right environment, and they’re likely to become very fussy if they aren’t in it. Putting your infant in a comfortable position and gently rocking and talking them to fall asleep could be all that they need. But make sure that they’re sleeping in a safe position and that the temperature is right. If it’s overly cold or too hot, then they could become quite distressed. Indeed, the wrong temperature can often be dangerous.
Babies enjoy and need cuddling, too. They like to bond with their parents, and this means spending time close to their smell, listening to their heartbeat, and hearing their voice. Sometimes a baby wants to be close to you so they can be soothed to sleep, sometimes they just want the comfort and attention of being held close.
Reason Number Five-Pain
Sometimes babies cry because they are in pain but this happens less often than you might expect. Even if a baby’s face looks like it’s in a lot of pain, usually the child isn’t actually suffering from anything serious. Usually, it’s just that they are going through what experts call the PURPLE period of crying, where it is Persistent, Unexpected, Resistant to soothing, they have a Pain-like face, the bouts of crying are Long lasting, and they take place in the Evening.
If your baby keeps crying and you are genuinely concerned that it’s not just the PURPLE period, then look for reasons that the baby could be in pain. Doctors often find that kids are crying because there is some hard to see hair wrapped around their fingers or toes, or they’re just deeply distressed by a tag in their clothing. Hair tourniquets are actually incredibly common, and it can be frustrating to call out a doctor only to find that it is something so easy to remedy.
Some babies cry because they don’t like the bottle you give them, or because they find the position they’re held in distressing. As a parent, figuring out these subtleties can be incredibly difficult.
Can You Spoil a Baby?
There was a school of parenting thought that said that you shouldn’t give a baby too much attention because it could become spoiled. While it’s true that older children need boundaries, you can’t spoil a baby during the first few months of its life. Babies need to be held, they need to be nurtured, and they need attention. If you don’t give it, then they will become anxious and could develop attachment issues as toddlers.
When a baby gets a bit older and starts teething, this is going to be a cause of distress. The first baby tooth comes through between the ages of four to seven months, but some babies do start teething earlier. You can help ease teething pain in many different ways, and it’s worth talking to your health care advisor about this so that you offer something that will work well for your child.
Babies learn a lot just by looking at the world around them, and they can tend to feel overwhelmed from time to time. Sometimes, they just want to be held and comforted, so that their startle reflex is not triggered. If you can hold the baby and give them some tummy time, then this could help them a lot. Some beds stop a baby from crying these days by keeping them in a ‘hug like’ position. Consider using one of these so that mommy and daddy can get some much-needed rest. Don’t use them to replace a crib (because a baby should be sleeping on its back), but use it as an additional option for when bouncers, cribs and other distractions are not enough to comfort the baby and to stop them from crying too much.