Five tips on how to settle a newborn

From the moment that you find out you are pregnant, all that you want is for your child to be healthy and happy.

Newborn babies naturally cry a lot, although when a baby cries excessively it can be extremely distressing for the parents.

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If you are expecting or are a new parent who is anguished by your baby’s seemingly relentless cries, the following five tips on how to settle a newborn may help your baby seem more contented, and after all a happy baby makes happy parents.

1 – Wind

Wind is one of the leading contributors that make babies cry and one that can be easily remedied with a simple burp. A good way to tell if your baby has wind is to see whether he has a grey/blue area between his top lip and nose, as this often indicates a windy baby. Try rubbing or gently patting your baby’s back regularly to bring wind up.

2 – Temperature

Babies cannot regulate their temperature like we can and therefore if they are too hot or too cold they will simply cry. The best place to check a baby’s temperature is behind their neck or under their arms and it is vital that you regularly monitor your baby’s temperature, particularly to avoid overheating.

3 – Pacifiers

Pacifiers are the more ‘PC’ name for dummies. Whilst some parents don’t like the look of a dummy in a baby’s mouth, pacifiers can be a great way to sooth a baby and can, as the name suggests, pacify them. Some parents find that placing a pacifier in their baby’s mouth can help them to get to sleep by themselves and sleep more soundly.

4 – Teething

Teething is another common reason why a baby can cry excessively. Fortunately there are a lot of lotions, creams, gels and gadgets designed to sooth the pain caused by teething. Be sure to take advantage of such products. Water filled rings that can be put in the fridge can be particularly soothing for a teething baby, or failing that, try gently rubbing your baby’s gums with your finger.

5 – Nappy rash

Most babies experience nappy rash at some point. Nappy rash, particularly if it becomes severe, can cause a lot of pain and discomfort to a baby. Although similar to teething, there are some excellent products that can treat and soothe such as Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream. Also ensure that you change your baby regularly to prevent the condition from worsening and let your baby have a ‘nappy free’ period each day.