A fussy baby can wreck a new mom’s sleep and peace!
The first cry of your baby, undoubtedly, is a thrilling experience. But when your baby cries incessantly and without any apparent cause, it becomes frustrating as new parents. Sometimes, you may not fully comprehend the reason behind his crying and you are unable to find the solution to simplify the process. To help you understand we have compiled few effective “baby-whisperer” tactics in this article for you.
Most Common Reasons For Being A Fussy Baby:
Everything is new to your baby. After the warmth of the womb, the physical world as we live in it may feel strange and cold for him and some babies might take a long time to get adjusted. This is but one of the reasons your baby can be fussy about his sleep or meal times. Here are a few common fussy baby causes:
Gas is a common problem with babies, as their primary nutrition is milk. Hence, it is very important after every feed to make your baby burp. If he do
- Gently lay your baby over your stretched legs on his stomach and lightly rub his back.
- Lay him back and move his legs in bicycle motion.
- You can also give him some medicinal drops that can relieve his trapped gas (as advised by your pediatrician).
Sometimes colic can be the reason for incessant crying. Colic is observed in around one-fifth of babies, usually around 2 weeks to 4 months in age. Colic babies will cry non-stop for three hours or more in a day for several days in a week. If your child is colicky, lay your baby in your arms and cradle him close to you and swing him back and forth. The condition normally settles by itself in about three months. If not, please see a doctor as soon as possible.
3. By Nature:
Some kids are by nature fidgety and prone to fussiness. If your child belongs to this group, take a deep breath! There is nothing much you can do about it, except be very patient and gentle with them (and on yourself!) and make sure they are comfortable at all times. Do not lose your temper, and make sure you always soothe your fussy baby, in spite of her cranky behavior! Have faith, as this too shall pass. Your kid will soon grow bigger and your temperament will most probably change for the better.
There are times, when your baby’s little tummy is not full and he is crying out of hunger. This especially happens when you are out for a long time and your baby has got exhausted and may be feeling hungry. So check with him, if you are breastfeeding, offer breast feed or the formula milk (if he is on formula feed). If you have difficult following a scheduled invest in a “baby diet” journal or notebook, and note down his feed times. There are also online applications that you can download on your phone, which can help you track your baby-feed time. Such as this –
5. Diaper Issues:
You must make it a habit to check your baby’s diaper whenever he is crying continuously. Your baby’s urine, combined with the bacteria in her stools, could lead to nappy rash, which might be the cause of his fussiness. In general, experts advise a baby’s diaper to be changed every 2-3 hours (even if it is clean). For best results, use cloth diapers during the day, which can be easily changed, washed and reused.