The baby's crying in the first weeks of life
Immediately after birth, the baby's crying makes it difficult and gives many parents a headache. A large part of them is of the opinion that no crying of the child is compared with that of the first weeks or months of life, when it is more intense and frequent, and the little one cannot say why he does it. Parents cannot identify his needs, due to lack of experience, nor can they still easily find the most effective ways to calm him down!
Until you begin to gain experience and "specialize" in baby care, we offer some useful information that will help you stay calm in the face of endless crying and better interpret the baby's tears!
The crying curve, how much does the newborn cry in the first weeks of life?
From the moment you are born, crying becomes the only means of communication the baby has in order to communicate with you and to convey your main needs.
A newborn can cry between 1 and 4 hours a day, the general average being somewhere around 2 hours. It is important to know that some children cry more or less than others.
The crying curve is an indicator that highlights how the crying evolves in the child's life, what are the peak periods and when it begins to decrease in intensity and frequency. According to her, in the first 3 months of life, the baby cries the most and does so especially in the afternoon and evening.
Although the crying of the newborn increases in intensity in the first 2-3 weeks, the climax, where he cries the most, is identified somewhere around the age of 8 weeks (2 months). Starting with the third month, it will decrease in both intensity and frequency.
Causes of crying in the first weeks in the baby
The reasons why the baby cries at this age are different from those for later, at an anisle or beyond this age.
It is important to know that, during the first weeks of life, crying is the method by which the child transmits your main physiological needs:
- he is hungry;
- it hurts something;
- has the wet diaper and wants to be changed;
- has colic;
- it is hot or cold;
- he is tired or stressed and sleepy.
Although the basic needs are the main causes of the newborn crying, the specialists failed to interpret and identify all the reasons underlying it.
It is considered that, as the child grows, the reasons for the crying diversify, and one of the most important will be the need to be aware of and to attract your attention.
Another cause of the crying later, up to an anisle, is also the appearance of the first milk teeth, which causes great pain and a state of discomfort, irritating and causing him to become morose.
To help you understand why your baby is crying, the specialists identified a few types of crying which helps you understand faster and easier what you need:
- hunger (crying that gradually increases in intensity and becomes strong and rhythmic);
- stress, nervousness, fatigue (crying slowly and intermittently, which can increase in intensity, with episodes of loud screams);
- pain (the cry is like a kind of shouting, sharp, harsh, shrill, noisy and does not persist, it appears sequentially, in short episodes).
Methods of calming the crying to the baby for a few weeks
The first thing you should do when you notice that the newborn is crying is not to panic and stay as calm as possible.
If you are an inexperienced mother, the first crying cries of the baby, after birth, could stress and worry you very much, because you do not know how to control the situation.
Remember that in the first weeks, months and even after a year, the child will cry a lot and in very few cases it is about a disease or affection. In addition, if you start to be irritated, scared and stressed, you will also convey your feelings to him, and the crying will intensify.
Go to him as soon as you hear him crying. Even if you are probably aware of several theories that it is advisable to allow the child to cry longer before going to bed, the rule does not apply to a baby for only a few weeks. At this age, do not cry to get your attention or "spoiled".
Every few weeks, the reasons for the newborn's crying are important and most often target his basic needs: food, sleep, changing his diaper, etc. So, first of all, it is important to check if you have the wet diaper, if it is lunch or sleep time and any other needs you may have. Discovering the cause of crying helps you to take the best measure to calm it down.
Other effective methods of calming the child are:
- the music;
- white noises (mimic sounds from nature, which are soothing, or from the mother's womb, very familiar and comfortable for babies);
- arm in arm (skin-to-skin contact) and walking;
- car ride;
- trivial noises (faucet flowing, vacuum cleaner on, etc.).
In case the baby's crying seems endless, sharp and intense, it persists and seems to be very hard, it is advisable to go with the doctor. It can be a sign of a more serious illness that requires specialized medical care.
Also, if you have a normal crying, but that doesn't seem to stop following all the calming methods you know, go to your doctor for a routine consultation.
As time goes by, you'll get used to interpreting your child's crying and knowing exactly what measures to take at different times.
How did you deal with the first crying cries of the baby after birth? How did you learn to interpret them, and what methods of calming have yielded fruit to ease it faster and easier? Share your tips and suggestions in the comment section below!
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