Why do babies cry and how to cope with it
Posted On : 12 Aug 2006 Total Views : 18150 Previous | Next

Regardless of whether labor is long or short, whether it is hard or easy whether a baby is born vaginally or by cesarean, most parents recall the first hours and days after birth as crystal-clear images surrounded by haze. It is in this haze that you first take in your baby and make a giant leap from pregnancy to parenting. Your awareness of your baby's dependency and your desire to be a good parent will together be a great source of energy and a great source of stress. Both are part of being a parent. Becoming a good parent means much more than knowing a lot about babies.

Why do babies cry?

Babies may cry for the following reasons

Crying as a means of communication
Crying from hunger
Crying because of fatigue
Crying because of indigestion
Crying because she/he needs to be burped
Crying for apparently no reason at all

How to Cop with baby cry

There are several methods to cop with baby cry :

1.  Show that you care
Provide physical contact
Respond promptly

2.  Feed and burp the baby
Is she/he hungry or allergic to certain foods
Burp the baby

3.  Comfort the baby
Help them comfort themselves
Rhythmic rocking, cuddling and swaddling

4.  Babies need a change
Give the baby a fresh face
Provide some entertainment
Give the baby some fresh air

5.  Do not give too much of change
Be consistent in your care
Limit the baby’s excitement

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