The only way a baby can voice discomfort is by crying (because they can’t talk yet). Obvious reasons for your crying baby could be due to a wet or dirty diaper, hunger or thirst or a fever. As a parent you wouldn’t want to see your child upset or frustrated over something that you can’t seem to understand the cause of.
Listed below are some other common causes for a crying baby:
1. Lethargy: Tiredness is one of the most common causes for crying in babies- even the kind that seems to be a little extreme! Babies can go from being content to inconsolable with tiredness in about the time it takes to make instant noddles. So pay attention to the little one and deal with it. Keep cuddling so your baby doesn’t get out of control.
2. Colic: Multiply a crying baby into 2 crying babies and you might have yourself a colicky baby. Some doctors suggest that colic is a natural developmental stage that babies can go through while they learn to adjust to life outside the womb. Others view it as an imbalance of bacteria in the gut. Either ways, colic isn’t normally a serious condition but it will feel serious to your family if your baby is the one in three who experiences it.
3. Reflux: If your baby’s crying is mainly around feeding time, they might be suffering from reflux. As well as being obviously uncomfortable, the baby will keep vomiting all over you. Silent reflux can also cause equal amounts of discomfort without any obvious signs, so if you suspect that your baby might be experiencing difficulty, consult your doctor sooner than later. Effective treatments can make life a lot easier for you and baby.
4. Ear Infections: The physiology of a child’s ear makes them susceptible to develop ear infections in comparison to adults. Earaches and ear infections can cause a lot of distress, enough to even make even adults cry, so there is in doubt in the matter that babies feel the same way. Earaches and infections go hand in hand with colds and fever.
5. Headaches: Yes! Children too can suffer from them. If there is any chance that your baby has picked up a cold or fever, a headache could be a part of what’s making the little one cry, unlike adult headaches that are caused by stress and strain.
Other causes could be teething and skin irritations but don’t worry, all babies cry! If you think that the crying might be triggered by any of these causes but only seems to be aggravating, it’s best to speak with your doctor as they he/she will have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to soothe you and your baby.