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Most Common Reasons Why a Baby Cries

For first-time parents, a crying baby could really be terrifying. For one, you don’t know what to do, you don’t know what’s wrong, and worst of all, you don’t have a clue on how to calm your baby down. Babies cry for a number of reasons, and in order to make the baby feel better or stop it from crying, it’s important to know the reason behind those loud cries first. Here are some of the most common reasons why a baby cries.

“I’m Lonely and I Want to Play”

Babies often cry because they want you to carry them or spend some time with them. This isn’t really surprising at all; babies are human beings too and they need attention, just like you. Thus, they thrive on the sensory stimulation talking, touching, and cuddling brings. This makes them feel happy and secured.

“I’m Hungry, Feed Me”

You could prevent this common issue easily. Just pay close attention to your baby, and you’ll notice the hunger signs, such as squirming, stretching, mouth movements or sucking sounds, or sucking on fist or fingers. This is his way of telling you that he wants to eat. Whenever you notice these actions, feed your baby right away and he wouldn’t even cry.

“My Tummy Feels Funny, I Need to Burp”

Your baby had just eaten, but he’s still crying. Probably, the reason behind this is that he needs to burp. Babies, especially those who are bottle-fed often swallow air when they drink their milk. So, make it a habit to remove the air by burping your baby after he eats. This would prevent him from crying.

“I’m Cranky ‘Cause I’m Tired”

Crying could signal a long list of needs, but if it’s accompanied with eye rubbing, this is a clear indication that your baby feels sleepy and tired– that’s the reason why he’s throwing tantrums. It’s important to establish a bedtime routine and try your best to stick to it no matter what. This way, your baby would have a sense of security and it’ll calm him down, knowing that he has a time to rest, once he’s tired.

“I’m Dirty and It’s Uncomfy”

Crying could be a signal of a soiled diaper and your baby needs changing. If this is the case, you could reduce your baby’s crying by changing his diaper regularly. For instance, after every 2-3 hours or feeding, change the diaper. Don’t wait for that poopy smell or when it already feels heavy and soaked. That could lead to rashes.

“It Hurts!”

A sudden, loud cry is definitely a signal that your baby is hurt. Watch out for other cues that would help you locate the main reason for it. For instance, a sick baby would pull on his ear. On the other hand, if the baby is turning his head or trying to arch his back, he’s been stimulated by too many sounds or sights and he doesn’t like that.

“I’m Teething”

Crying could be a sign that your baby is already teething. This is where the sharp tiny teeth are trying to break through the gums of your baby. However, by giving something to chew on could be a way to ease the baby’s pain. You could give him a clean, slightly damped washed cloth that has been placed inside the freezer for a few minutes.