Mom, Dad, and the baby just arrived from the maternity hospital. Everything was going great until the baby seems to have transformed! Where’s that cool baby who was in the maternity ward? The baby may feel more tearful than before and his behavior is not the same. Changing the environment may be the reason for such behavior, but calming the baby can be no easy task for dads and first-time moms . What does the baby want? How to calm the baby even after doing everything that was within reach ? He nursed, changed his diaper, burped, took a shower, but nothing to calm down. What does this baby have?
Have you ever stopped to think about the change the baby faced? After 9 months in a dark, tight, silent and hot environment, he goes out into an immense space, clear to the extreme, noisy and sometimes cold . The voices and sounds around can be frightening as well as the temperature, in short, everything changes when the baby is born. The reality that he knew no longer exists, now he has to learn to adapt to a totally new world. Would the stress at birth be enough to cry and cry so imagine not being able to communicate clearly with parents about what you want at that moment? It is as if you are prevented from using your voice and your hands, how are you going to talk to other people?
Why Does My Newborn Cry?
Understanding what the newborn wants is a learning experience, but there are immediate ways to help and how to calm the baby. 3 steps are needed to deal with some situations. Let’s go to them:
Make sure that everything that could bother the baby has been done. So the first option is hunger / thirst: Offer the baby the breast and let him nurse as much as he wants. In the initial phase, the milk has not yet come down and it may be that the colostrum alone is not enough to sustain the baby’s hunger for a long time because it is a liquid rich in nutrients and antibodies, but not fat. Let it suck (babies need to suck) as much as you want on demand, this will help to get the milk down. Calming the baby by placing it at the breast is a good technique, in addition to breastfeeding, he will feel the comfort of his mother’s lap, his smell, his heartbeat…
Change the diaper: It may be that the humidity is causing irritation or even a little coconut. Even squeezing, remember that before he did not wear a diaper and the adaptation takes a few days.
Sleep: place the baby in a peaceful environment. If the cry is irritated by sleep, it will resolve quickly with a good nap. Finally check the clothes, see if they are squeezing or bothering the newborn. A good tip is to remove the tags from the clothes.
Cold \ heat: Also check to see if it is cold or hot. Usually the baby shows cold or heat through the feet and hands. If very cold and bursts of red, it will certainly be cold. If perspiring is obviously hot, then remove some clothes or crescent as needed.
Need for the intrauterine environment: The baby may be homesick for the place where he has been for a long time. To help understand if this is it, reproduce a little of what he felt in his mother’s womb. Simulate the uterus with a small cigar, then wrap the baby tightly and comfortably. If that doesn’t work, make a kettle-like hiss next to your ear and swing vertically very gently. Doing these three steps can calm the baby a lot and consequently he will stop crying.
I just want some company \ something is wrong: Some babies just cry for no apparent reason. Even doing everything to calm down, it is a fact that at one time or another he will cry. If you do everything in your power and still keep crying, it’s time to consider the possibilities. Usually the cry of pain is shrill, if this is a cry similar to screaming, then it is time to see the doctor. Colic is usually the most recurrent reason for these cries and different behavior. The baby will move differently, stretching and flexing his legs and arms.
However, it is worth remembering that every baby can react to birth in a different way. You can cry because this is your way of saying: I’m here, are you going to leave me alone? In fact, he may be wanting to be held, or just feel that someone is nearby to feel safe. The mother’s voice will comfort and calm, as well as a little lap as well. Sometimes that’s all he needs, lap.
See also: Is it Normal for Baby to Sleep Too Much?
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.