What To Do When Your Baby Is Crying

4 Ways To Calm A Crying A Baby

What To Do If Your Baby Is Crying: 4 Ways To Calm A Crying Baby
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What To Do When Your Baby Is Crying

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of having a baby is hearing those melt-your-heart, sweet-as-pie little coos that they make. And, one of the most frustrating parts of having a baby is hearing them cry, and the fact that they can't tell you what's bothering them.  Making sense of those cries is the toughest feat of all in those first few weeks. Is the baby hungry? Is he in pain? Is she overstimulated? Is he overtired? How can you tell? What can you do when your baby is crying, and you don't know why? Here are 4 ways to calm your crying baby. 

    #1. Try To Feed Him Again

    Put your baby back to the breast any try breastfeeding again.  Sometimes a child falls asleep at the breast and doesn't get enough. Then, he wakes up a little while later and wants to nurse again. Sometimes a baby takes in air when he's nursing and stops breastfeeding.  Once he lets out a burp, feels better, and makes room for more breast milk, he may want to nurse again right away.  And sometimes it's just a growth spurt. When babies go through growth spurts, they seem to be insatiable and want to nurse very often for a few days in a row before going back into a more routine nursing pattern.  

    #2. Change Her Diaper

    If your baby's diaper is wet or dirty, it could be uncomfortable on his skin.  The combination of urine and stool in a dirty diaper can sometimes cause skin irritation, as well. Even if you just changed her, check again. Babies can have wet diapers before, during, and after a feeding.

    And, sometimes the stimulation of wiping a bottom during a diaper change can make your baby go again right away.   

    #3. Check For Anything That Could Be Causing Pain

    Is she wrapped too tight? Did he scratch himself with his little fingernails? Is there a hair wrapped around her toe?  Does she need to burp?

    Take a minute to look over your baby to make sure she's OK and not in any pain.

    #4. Take Him For A Walk

    A little fresh air may be just what your baby needs. Whether you live in the suburbs or the city, putting your baby in the stroller and going out may be the key to a good nap (or nighttime sleep!) If the baby screams her way around the block, she's most probably still hungry. If she knocks out the minute you walk out the door, she was ready for some dreams.

    When To Call The Doctor

    If your baby is still crying after feeding, changing, checking, holding, rocking, and walking, and you just cannot comfort him, you should contact the doctor. Crying could indicate that your baby is not getting enough breast milk, or it could be a sign of something more serious such as an illness, colic, or reflux. And, of course, if you think your child is in pain, contact your pediatrician immediately.

    Edited by Donna Murray

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