Babies cry all the time. As they are too small to talk and take care of themselves, crying is their way of communicating with you. When they cry, they are actually trying to tell you what’s wrong with them or what they need.
Although decoding your baby’s tears is not an easy task, here are some of the most common reasons why babies cry:
1. I need milk
Newborns are always hungry and must eat every few hours round-the-clock. When this happens, simply offer your (if you’re breastfeeding) or a bottle of milk. Besides that, Mayo Clinic says that parents should respond to early signs of hunger (i.e. lip-smacking, sucking his hands, etc). Also, frequent burping might help reduce discomfort that could be causing tears.
2. I’m sleepy
Tired babies are cranky babies. According to Baby Centre, babies who are over-tired often find it hard to get to sleep. Therefore, try taking your little one to a quiet room before bed to help him or her calm down.
3. I don’t feel well
When a baby cries, there’s a possibility that he (or she) has gas. To help your little one pass gas, hold him the left side or on his stomach to help with digestion. If that doesn’t work, try bicycle his legs and push them up to his chest. However, if you sense something is not right, do not hesitate to contact your health provider or doctor right away!
4. I’m lonely
Babies need a lot of attention. Sometimes simply seeing you or hearing your voice can stop the tears. But if the crying doesn’t stop, try giving your baby a new toy!
5. It’s too cold or too hot
You can check whether your baby is too hot or too cold by feeling the tummy. Baby Centre suggests to keep the temperature of your baby’s room at about 18 degrees Celsius. It’s also advisable to Place your baby down to sleep on his back with his feet at the foot of the bed. That way he can’t wriggle down under the blankets and become too hot.
6. My diaper feels weird
For some babies, a wet diaper can trigger tears. Check your baby’s diaper often to make sure it’s clean and dry. Even if your little love doesn’t need changing, the diaper might be too tight.
If you’ve tried everything and still can’t figure out what’s wrong, consider letting your baby cry it all out. But don’t worry, crying won’t hurt your baby. Mayo Clinic suggests that the best way to stop babies from crying is to let it run its course.