Your baby is bound to cry a great deal throughout his first year. Crying is baby's only means of communicating his needs especially during early days. The crying bouts are bound to lessen as they age, after around three months.
The normal infant cries an average of 2 1/4 hours each day during the first 4 weeks. This peaks around 5 weeks at 2 3/4 hours each day and slowly declines until about 10-12 weeks. After 3 months, crying becomes more deliberate, purposeful and much less often.
There are many reasons that your baby might be crying. They cry when they have to burp or are wet, soiled, tired, hungry, sleepy, hot or cold, bored with his surroundings or is ill, or just lonely. If you have tried feeding and cuddling and the soothing tactics that usually work, all without success, there may be some other reason. The baby may be having colic, if he cries inconsolably and regularly for 2-3 hours at about the same time each day, usually the late afternoon or evening. Colic may appear at about three weeks and continue until about 3- 3 1/2 months. Although this crying can occur at any time, it usually worsens in the evening. If it is colic try to cope with it , without resorting to medications unnecessarily.
Feeding is the most effective way to soothe a crying baby. If you are bottle- feeding try giving some water also. If that doesn't calm her down, there are many things you can do. Try holding your baby over your shoulder, or place your baby on his or her stomach across your knees or arms. Rituals such as rocking your baby back and forth in your arms or rubbing her back or stomach rhythmically or patting her legs rhythmically, swaddling your baby in a blanket, distracting her with some noise or with bright colourful objects etc often work to soothe your baby. You can also consider using a pacifier. But if breastfeeding, it is better to avoid the use of a pacifier until breastfeeding is well established at three to four weeks.
Some true and tried methods of consoling a crying
baby are given below:
Hold your baby high over your shoulder so his stomach is being pressed into your shoulder bone.
Hold your baby facedown over your forearm with his head at your elbow and your thumb and fingers wrapped around his thigh.
Hold your baby seated in your hand with his back to your chest and your other hand across his chest, wrapping your thumb and fingers around his upper arm.
Cradle your baby in your arms, holding him tummy-to-tummy tightly against you.
Rocking vertically in your arms.
Swaying side to side or back and forth while standing up.
Rocking back and forth in a comfortable rocking chair or put her in her carrier and push it back and forth.
Swaddle your baby tightly in a quilt or blanket.
Hold your baby close to you so she can receive your warmth.
Put a heating pad in your baby's sleep area to warm the sheets before putting her down. Take out the heating pad and check the temperature of the sheets to be sure they're comfortably warm.
Lay your baby facedown over a wrapped hot-water bottle on your lap.
Speak reassuring words in a soft, low voice.
Hum and sing familiar songs you enjoy.
Make a tape recording of a dishwasher, washing machine, vacuum cleaner or clothes dryer to let your baby hear repeated swooshing sounds. A fan or humidifier in the baby's room can sometimes do the trick, as can a radio tuned to the static between stations.
Play classical, new age, soft rock or soft jazz music.
Firmly but gently massage your baby's back from the neck down to his bottom.
Firmly pat or rub your baby on his back and bottom. In a warm room, lay your baby on a firm surface and gently massage his tummy with clockwise strokes. If you think his discomfort may be resulting from gas, this can help move down the gas. Then gently press his knees into his abdomen to push out the gas.
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