WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR BABY CRIES ?
Crying is nothing more than a normal process in the life of a baby and even when they grow up .All normal babies cry to communicate with the people around them.
Obviously babies can’t talk so crying is the only way for them communicate with us. If any uncomfortable feeling comes they simply cry.
Normally babies cry in situations like hunger, wetting, too hot or cold, fear, pain, naughtiness at times and many other reasons.
Some kids need the presence of somebody otherwise they will cry. Crying without any cause is habitual in some babies. Even though crying is considered as normal it may worry the family members especially the mother. Since the reasons for crying ranges from simple causes to serious causes it should not be ignored and hence exact cause has to be identified and managed accordingly.
When dealing with a crying baby you definitely consider the following.
- Shaking the baby too violently is not advisable.
- some cloths fabrics can cause irritation on the soft baby skin hence it should be checked and removed.
- The temperature of the room shouldn’t be too hot or cold or the baby might start crying.
- Wet diapers should be checked and removed then clean the parts to make them dry with a soft towel.
- Try giving breast milk in case he/she is hungry this can help make them quiet.
- In case it’s too cold in the room and you don’t want to use a heater or you don’t have one in the babies room, use a thick towel or mini blanket to cover her. Even better if you not working you can take the baby in your arms and provide him/her with your own heat.
- Rock her gently in your arms and walk slowly in the room, you might as well sing a lullaby if it helps.
- Try a pacifier or help her for thumb sucking.
- Taking a walk outdoors with her provided the weather conditions are favorable.
- Make use of the cradle and rock gently.
In case the baby keeps crying after these, then try these simple tactics g to test what might be wrong.
So what if the baby continues crying ?
- Gently press her abdomen, she may twist or resist you: If this happens it might be a Colic (usually related to indigestion).
- Pull her ear gently she may become worse or push your hands away: It could be Earache.
- Try to feel her temperature with the back of your hands as this part is very sensitive: A fever might be involved due to certain infections.
- Take the time to examine the skin from head to foot: Eruptive disease, rash, measles, allergies might be a cause.
- See the nose for any discharge: It could be Coryza (catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose, caused especially by a cold).
- Move her head gently to feel any stiffness in the neck: Meningitis, head injury.
- Keep your ear near her chest to hear any rattling sound when she breaths in and out: Increased mucus in wind pipes and cough, bronchiolitis, asthmatic bronchitis might be the cause.
- Examine the genitalia: check for any discharge or rashes present.
- In male baby see the testicles which may be swollen or tender: Orchitis ( inflammation of one or both of the testicles.), torsion of testes.
- Observe the body movements and see for any convulsions, vomiting, cough, struggle in breathing .
If you see the above signs or any other abnormal signs consult your doctor as soon as possible for proper treatment.
P.S Please i just want to let you know the actions to be taken and signs are not in any sort of chronological order, as such you can start with any of them as you feel.
A healthy and smiling baby is a joy for everyone.