Babies cry, fact. And there can be many reasons why. Crying is a baby’s way of saying they need something – this could be comforting, feeding, changing or something else, and it’s not always easy to figure out exactly what.
Some of the main reasons babies cry:
They are hungry
This is one of the most common reasons why a baby cries. The younger your baby is, the more likely they are to be hungry. Even if it wasn’t long ago they were fed, a baby’s stomach is small so it can’t hold much.
They have a dirty or wet nappy
A lot of babies protest if they have a wet or soiled nappy – ensure you check regularly (even if they aren’t crying) to prevent any skin irritation or nappy rash.
They want a cuddle
Babies need a lot of cuddling – physical contact is comforting and reassuring to them. You could try wearing a baby sling, so you can keep your baby close to you for longer and they can enjoy the sound of your heartbeat and your warmth while you do other things.
They are tired
Fussing, being unsettled and crying are some of the signs of a tired baby. And sometimes being over-tired prevents them from getting to sleep. Everyone wants to visit and cuddle with a newborn, but this can over-stimulate your baby. Take them to a quiet room after a feed and let them switch off and calm down before a sleep.
They are too hot or too cold
Feeling your baby’s belly or the back of their neck can help determine how hot or cold they are. The ideal temperature for their room is between 16C and 20C. Take care not to overdress your little one – as a guide, babies generally need one more layer of clothing that you to feel comfortable.
They feel unwell
You may find, if your baby is unwell, they cry in a different tone to the one you’re used to. It may be weaker, more urgent, continuous, or high-pitched. No one knows your baby as well as you do, so always trust your instincts if you feel something’s not right and call your GP, midwife or health visitor.
They could be suffering from infant colic
Your baby may have colic if they cry continuously for no specific reason and you are unable to comfort them. Colic affects 1 in 5 newborn babies, and often clears by the time they are 6 months old. Infacol can relieve the symptoms of colic, in a gradual and effective way.
If you find your baby simply won’t be soothed, don’t blame yourself. It’s perfectly normal for babies to cry, particularly in the early weeks, and it’s also normal to feel frustrated or stressed at times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need a break.
Infacol contains Simeticone. For the treatment of infant colic. Always read the label.