Why Babies Cry All the Time
There is no getting around the fact that babies cry. Crying is how they communicate about hunger, pain, fear, sleep and many other reasons. At first, it can be tricky to interpret your child’s cries but with time, you will get used to it and you will know how to respond to the different causes of the cries.
The most common reasons babies cry are:
When your baby cries, the first thought that comes to mind is that they are hungry. Once you learn to recognize the signs of hunger, you will be able to feed your baby before the crying stage. Some signs of hunger you should be on the lookout for are like fussing, lip-smacking, rooting and putting their hands to their mouths.
- Stomach problems from colic and gas
This is another problematic reason for babies crying. Tummy problems from gas or colic can lead to lots of crying. Unfortunately, the cause of colic is unknown but it causes your baby to cry inconsolably for at least 3 hours a day, 3 days a week and for 3 weeks in a row. You can talk to your doctor about the suitability of using over-the-counter anti-gas drops or gripe water for the gas.
Gas pain can cause your baby to be miserable until it passes. You can help by putting him or her on your back, grasping on his or her feet and moving the legs in a gentle bicycling motion.
- The need to burp
Burping is not compulsory but if your baby cries after feeding, then a good burp is what they may need. During breastfeeding, babies swallow air which causes discomfort if not released. Such a baby may need to burp to get rid of the air.
- A dirty diaper
Your baby will let you know right away when they need their diaper to be changed. However, there are babies who can tolerate a dirty diaper for a while. The obvious solution in such a situation would be to change the diaper.
- The need to sleep
It seems obvious that babies should simply go to sleep at any time and anywhere but babies find it harder to sleep than you may realize. Instead of sleeping, a baby will fuss and cry especially when they are overtired.
- The need to be held
Babies love and need lots of cuddling. Their crying may just be a way of communicating that they want to be held. Don’t think that you will be spoiling them by holding them too much during the first few months of life because it is impossible to do so.
- Too cold or too hot
When your baby is feeling either too chilly for instance during a diaper change or too warm because of being bundled up in too many clothes, they may protest by crying.
- Teething pain
Teething is a painful process for most babies. There are natural remedies that can help you comfort your baby.
The incessant cries of your baby can be irritating but once you understand the underlying reason, then you can respond with the appropriate actions.