Our Baby’s Screaming Again! I’m Exhausted; What Can We Do? Read This

I’m a Pro! Yeah, right; my wife did all the work. In fact if she sees I wrote this, there will be a different type of screaming, and, her hitting, me.

Babies can’t talk. However they still have a myriad of needs and problems. It can be a challenge for parents to figure out why their baby is crying.

The most obvious reason a baby might cry is because they want or need to eat. They usually start out with a mild type of “fussy” whimper. If their hunger isn’t immediately satiated their whimper will graduate to a loud wail. Of course the way to deal with this issue is to feed them.

Babies will follow the same pattern if they are thirsty. The best thing for thirst is breast milk or water.

Another reason that a baby may cry is because their diaper needs to be changed. This may be as a result of simply a soiled diaper that is uncomfortable or pain from the soiling on a rash. The answer for this is a dry diaper and a thorough cleansing of the diaper area.

Sometimes babies cry when they are tired. They get crabby just like we do. Usually the problem is that the baby is overtired or has had trouble staying asleep. The job for the parent is to help them relax by rocking them or holding them. Sometimes a baby will cry real hard for about a minute and then fall asleep.

Sometimes a baby just wants to be held. They want to feel the closeness and warmth. A parent would know this might be the case if it was a whimper and the parent was sure the baby had been fed and wasn’t tired.

When a baby isn’t feeling well they will emit a piercing cry. Reasons that a baby might not feel well could include an upset stomach, colic, ear infection, teething and fever. With colic or stomach upset babies will usually draw their legs up to their body while crying hard and constant often accompanied by the emission of gas; when it is an ear infection they will usually rub the side of the face where the ear is located. It is usually a constant cry.

Babies have a need to suck but don’t necessarily have a need for food so sometimes providing the baby with a pacifier will do the trick or they will suck on their own hand.

If something is dropped and it creates a loud noise the baby may be startled and cry hard. They simply may need to be held; they simply need reassurance.

Sometimes a baby is bored. They may need to have their position changed.

Most babies have a “fussy time.” They may just need to relieve stress caused by the mood of the family.

A dangerous situation could be occurring if a baby screams because they have gotten a part of their body engaged with the crib or bedding.

As a parent these will be issues you no doubt will face.

What are things you can do to help yourself?

First, learn as you go along to identify certain cries with certain situations.

Always rule out a fever because that may signal the need for a doctor.

Perhaps the biggest danger is for a parent to get frustrated and “lose it.” By talking in soothing tones to the baby you will remain under control. Get plenty of sleep. Often, sleep when the baby sleeps.

If there are two parents alternate taking care of the baby’s problems.

Have family members watch the baby once in awhile so that you get a break and a chance to decompress.

While some people believe you should let a baby “just cry,” I don’t because the baby may have something seriously wrong and also a baby cries to get a response. Failing to respond can make a baby insecure.

If you work with your baby and you can’t get it to stop crying, then it is a good idea to call the doctor.

Parenting in a child’s early life takes an incredible amount of dedication and energy.

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