In the first year of your baby’s life, his primary way of communicating with you will be via crying. In the beginning, it will be difficult to understand why your baby is crying. Is it a cry because he is hungry? sleepy? cold? dirty? uneasy?
Crying is definitely his way of expressing his needs and catching your attention.
After the first couple of weeks of birth, you will be able to pick up the cues on what your baby’s cry means. Attending to your baby’s cry will only comfort him and he will know that he can turn to you for any of his needs.
Why Does Your Baby Cry?
Here are some of the main reasons for newborn baby crying at night:
One of the main reasons your baby cries is to express hunger.
- Your baby may show you a couple of the below mentioned signs of hunger before crying.
- Look out for licking lips, sucking hand or thumb and being fussy.
Another common reason your baby cries is to tell you he is sleepy. Unlike adults, babies can’t put th
- Your baby may also show you a few signs of sleepiness before crying.
- Look out for yawns, rubbing eyes, rubbing ears and lack of interest in playing.
3. Dirty Diaper:
Some babies don’t enjoy rolling in their poop and would therefore throw a tantrum crying when they want to be cleaned.
- Check if your baby needs to be changed into a fresh diaper.
- In case your baby has not pooped, but the diaper feels heavy with pee it’s time for a change anyway.
4. Tummy Ache:
Most babies experience a tummy ache due to colic pain or gas during the first few weeks of life. In some cases, this may easily extend till the fifth month.
Colic pain is almost mysterious in its behavior and can leave your baby sleepless and crying for long hours especially at night or late evening.
- You can also regularly massage your baby’s tummy with a light hand in circular clockwise motions to ease the pain.
- If your baby suffers from colic pain, discuss it with your pediatrician. Your pediatrician may recommend oral drops to reduce the pain for your baby.
Once in a while, your baby may also have a tummy ache due to gas pain.
- To relieve your baby from gas, lay him on his back and move his legs in a gentle cycling motion, pushing his legs lightly against his tummy as you do so.
- If your baby has started solid food, avoid giving gaseous food for a few days till his tummy settles.
- In case your baby continues to have gas, discuss with your pediatrician.
- Your baby could also have other tummy troubles besides gas and colic pain like constipation, reflux, abdominal pain or milk allergy.
5. Unable To Burp:
Babies tend to swallow air when they breastfeed or bottle feed and if they don’t burp it out, they tend to feel uncomfortable.
- Hold your baby upright and rub his back after a feed to help burp.
- You can also try to make your baby sit and rub his back to help him burp.
- You can also try these other methods to burp by clicking here.
- It is mandatory that your baby burp, as it will ease any discomfort and should get him to stop crying. It will also prevent baby from spitting up milk.
[ Read: How To Burp A Baby ]
6. Too Cold Or Hot:
The general rule of the thumb would be to cover your baby in just one extra layer than yourself to keep them warm and comfortable.
- You may be swaddling your newborn baby. Ensure you don’t make him too warm with too much extra covering.
- If the weather is cold where you are staying, your baby may protest by crying during a diaper change or while changing clothes too. Keep the room warm and also try and distract your baby with toys during diaper changes.
- If your baby does not like a cold wipe while changing his diaper, you could consider buying a wipe warmer available in the market.
- Though babies don’t tend to cry when it gets too hot for them, ensure your baby is not too hot or does not break out into a sweat.
- In summer months, keep the clothing light and cover him with a thin blanket while sleeping. Ensure you use a blanket for baby only while you are awake and can supervise. Do not use a blanket at night, as it could lead to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) due to choking or smothering.
- If you are switching on the air conditioner, keep the temperature at 25°C to 26°C.