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infant

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Baby crying

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All babies cry, especially in the first weeks after birth. They cry when they need something, but it doesn't mean that there must be something wrong. Sometimes the reason is obvious: the baby has a wet diaper or is hungry. Sometimes, however, finding the cause is more difficult, and often consists of checking all the possibilities. A crying baby can stress you out and interrupt your sleep. If your baby cries all the time, it is important to have at least some time for yourself. If the cry is different than usual, it may be a sign that the baby does not feel good.

Since babies cannot talk, they use crying as a way of expressing and communicating their needs. Discovering the cause may be difficult. There are some frequent causes, such as hunger, thirst, a wet or dirty diaper, tiredness or flatulence. Other common causes are: cold or overheating, loneliness, boredom, discomfort (e.g. too tight clothes or covering) or overstimulation (exposure to too much noise or strenuous activity). Another cause of crying, especially in case of newborns, is colic. Colic is a very common complaint, believed to be caused by the growth of the baby’s digestive system. The cry of babies suffering from colic is often loud and piercing. They are usually very difficult to calm down.

Sometimes it is difficult to make your baby stop crying. The first step is to check all of the most frequent causes. If this doesn’t help, try to keep your baby close to you to have physical contact. You can give your baby something to suck on, such as a bottle or a pacifier, as these help the baby calm down and feel safe. You can also try playing some music or producing a humming noise (e.g. the sound of a TV or a washing machine). Another thing to try is a warm bath. You can rock your baby gently while carrying it. Take your baby to a pram or car and drive around. Avoid overstimulation through too many activities or new experiences. It is best to develop a routine, such as bathing at a specific time every evening and putting your baby to sleep in a calm atmosphere. For colic, there are some special medicines, although they are not all equally effective.

Colic can be a problem until the baby’s digestive system is fully developed. After you have done everything to soothe your baby and made sure that the crying and this kind of behaviour is normal, you may walk away for a while, if the baby is safe in the crib or playpen. Try going into another room to watch some TV or listen to music. Although it may seem difficult, it is very important to have some time for yourself while taking care of your baby. You may want to ask a family member or a friend to help you, and go out at least for an hour. If the baby's crying makes you extremely anxious, walk away for a while. Put it safely in the crib or playpen, close the door and try to distance yourself from the whole situation.

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