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If your baby cries a lot: tips and help

It is completely normal for your baby to cry now and then. It can't call you, ask for help, or talk to you yet. You are, so to speak, Baby's translator who will learn his language and grow into this new job. But: Just as some adults are talkative and others tend to be silent, there are also louder and quieter babies. Find out what can be behind your child's crying and how you can help your baby.

 

What your baby wants to tell you

If you take the time to listen to your baby and also observe his facial expression and gestures, then you know that there is always something different behind the crying. “I'm hungry!” Sounds quite penetrating, “Something hurts me” shrill and “I'm bored” is more of a whimper. Your baby will also find their own tones and facial expressions for a full diaper, cold feet and tiredness.

Whenever possible, your answer should be quick, because babies have no sense of time in the first six months. For your three month old baby, five minutes is an eternity. So it is by no means indulgent if you breastfeed, swaddle or rock your baby to sleep straight away. On the contrary: when babies get the impression that mom and dad react to their crying and take their need seriously, they become particularly frugal toddlers. You will then feel loved and safe.

 

Oh no, a screaming kid

But what if your baby doesn't just get very loud every now and then, but for a long time every day? Every fifth pair of parents has a so-called screaming child, also known as a 24-hour child or Fussy Infant. One speaks of a screaming child when a healthy, not hungry baby is between 0 and 3 months old

 

  • screams for more than 3 hours a day
  • screams more than 3 days a week
  • screams for more than 3 weeks.

 

This crying sounds like dire need and nothing can be stopped. Breastfeeding, bottles, pacifiers, carrying around - everything helps only briefly, if at all. In most 24-hour children, however, the daily crying decreases significantly from the age of 4 months. This thought can help you persevere.

 

Where did all the grief come from?

One thing is clear: just because your baby may be a screaming child, of course, doesn't have a bad character or wants to annoy you. Rather, it is assumed that these children are simply particularly sensitive. What other infants don't mind - for example, slight gas or sleep problems - is unbearable for them. Many baby cribs naturally sleep little and cannot easily process the many impressions that flow on them every day.

 

A typical cry baby also knows quiet hours full of happiness. Ask your pediatrician to examine your troubled baby if you experience any of the following symptoms:

 

  • when your baby seems to be in a lot of pain all the time
  • when it increases a little
  • if they have constipation or diarrhea
  • if it develops a rash
  • when he gets a fever

 

Persistent crying can then possibly be an indication of an illness or allergy.

 

Three month colic

It used to be called three-month colic when a baby cried a lot. Today we know: the stomach ache often only comes after crying. A crying baby swallows a lot of air. Sometimes, however, a baby really has severe abdominal pain every day, even though it is completely healthy. No wonder, because in the first three months the tummy is still very immature. It has to get used to digesting the milk first. This makes it easier for fully breastfed children than for babies who get the bottle. If you are wondering whether your child can tolerate your breast milk or whether you should try a different infant formula instead of your usual one, it is best to talk to your midwife or pediatrician first.

 

There is help!

If your child is crying a lot, you should shift down a gear in every way. Little by little, your serenity will be transferred to the baby. How it works? Acutely, you can relax your baby a little by offering him the following:

  • The aviator's grip: Carry your baby around on your forearm with the tummy down, hugging your stomach tightly.
  • a baby massage with preheated vegetable oil
  • a herbal tea
  • Swaddling in a tightly wrapped cloth

Surely your partner or grandma and grandpa also like to take over the "service".

In the long term, it helps to bring more calm into your everyday family life - at least temporarily. Always having the same daily routine, few visitors and a lot of time in the fresh air can help.

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