Ten Tips for Responding to Your Crying Baby
Babies cry. Crying is a way for babies to communicate their needs to you. It is sometimes difficult to know what they want. Here are some tips to consider when your baby is crying:
- Your crying baby may be hungry! Unless you have just fed your baby, this should be the first step in determining why your baby is crying. http://www.babycenter.com/0_seven-reasons-babies-cry-and-how-to-soothe-them_9790.bc
- Babies often cry when their diaper is soiled.
- Babies sometimes cry when coming down with an illness. Determine if your crying baby feels feverish or has the sniffles or other symptoms of an illness.
- Your crying baby may be over stimulated. Many babies cry when they have had too much exposure to noise, people and/or visual activity (T.V.).
- Some babies cry when they are overtired. Consider that your baby may be tired and need some extra rest.
- Some crying babies need extra cuddling and attention. Placing your baby in a sling or other carrier on your body may provide the right amount of comfort to soothe and quiet your crying baby. http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetails.aspx?p=114&np=141&id=1829
- Check to see if your crying baby is too hot or too cold. http://msms.essortment.com/babycrying_reqx.htm
- Some crying babies may be experiencing colic. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children/parents/infants/036.html
- Try to soothe your crying baby. Consider what calms your baby, for example a pacifier, motion (stroller or car ride), a favorite blanket, or a massage.
- Stay calm! It is easy to become stressed when a baby cries for a long period of time. Remaining as calm as possible will help. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crying-baby/FL00106