The first cries of a newborn baby are often music to the ears of parents. However, over the next weeks and months, this "music" can become grating and painful. This is especially true when all attempts fail to stop the crying.
Facts About Crying
- Surprisingly, crying does not produce tears until after the first month or two.
- Crying is the way babies communicate.
- abies cry because of hunger, discomfort, frustration, fatigue and even loneliness.
- Sometimes, cries can easily be answered with food or a diaper change.
- Other times, it can be a mystery and crying stops as quickly as it begins.
Some techniques to help console a crying baby include the following:
- Take care of physical problems first – hunger, diaper change, burping, cooling, or warming the baby
- Walk with baby in a sling or in a stroller
- Rock your baby in a rhythmic, gentle motion
- Try a baby swing or rocking cradle
- Gently pat or stroke on the back or chest
- Swaddling the baby
- Go for a ride in the car
- Turn on some white noise (such as a washing machine or vacuum cleaner)
- Make "shushing" sounds for the baby
- Offer a pacifier (or nurse)