Hush Little Baby Megan Faure

Babies cry – Fact!
Childcare expert Megan Faure helps you work out why so you can comfort your little one.
There ara many reasons why a baby cries, and few things can undermine your confidence as a new mum more than feeling unable to comfort your crying baby.
So how do you know what’s causing the distress?
The answer lies in reading your baby’s signals and eliminating the casuses.

  
 1- THE WINDY CRY

    • Small babies typically pull their legs up when crying, so ti’s easy to mistake every cry for a sore tummy, which isn’t always the case.
    • However, if your baby fusses and cries right after being fed, gas many have built up in her tummy, making her feel uncomfortable.
    • If your baby stops feeding and fusses at the nipple, take a break and see if she burps or breaks wind.
    • After a feed , hold your baby upright and pat or rub her back for a while to encourage her to bring up wind.
    • Sometimes, a burp will pose no problem and come up quickly; at other times, your baby will not burp at all. 

     2- THE HUNGRY CRY

      • To rule out whether hunger is the cause of her distress, consider when she last fed.
      • Crying less than two hours after feeding probably doesn’t indicate hunger, as long as she is gaining weight.
      • babies have growth spurts at four to six weeks and agin at four months, and she will need to be fed more frequenthly at these times.
      • If your five -to six- month old baby begins to fuss between feeds, or is only satisfied if fed more frequently than before, talk to your health visitor about the best time to start introducing solids.
       3- THE UNCOMFORTABLE CRY 
      • This cry is generally accompanied by squirming and is often casued by a wet or dirty nappy, or nappy rash.
      • A room that is too hot or cold can also be a cause of discomfort  –  the best room temperature for a baby is 16 – 20°C, with the ideal being 18°C.
       4- THE SICK CRY
      • If your baby suddenly becomes very irritable and cries a lot, he may be unwell.
      • If this is accompanied by a fever or loss of appetite, take him to your doctor straight away.
       5- THE TIRED CRY
      • If you have ruled out hunger, wind, discomfort and illness, and your baby still cring, the chances are she is over-tired.
      • Daytime naps are crucial for keeping your baby calm while she is awake, and will also make it easier for you to get her to sleep at night.


       6- THE OVER-STIMULATED CRY 
      • If your baby is crying unconsolably and you’ve eliminated other casues, it could be that she’s been over –stimulated.
      • If she was fussing just before the crying spell and continued to be stimulated, she may have reached such a state of distress she is unable to calm herself – particularly if it’s the end of the day.
      • Typically, she will pull up her legs, become blue around the mouth, and bring her hands towards her face and mouth, in an attempt to soothe herself.

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