Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 11:19 am

The constant wailing of a newborn baby is distressing and leaves many new moms feeling helpless and desperate. Fiona Lohrenze offers some expert advice on dealing with a crying baby and tells us the reasons babies cry.

Crying is a normal way of communicating

Whether at home or at day care crying is a physiological process in the life
of a baby. All normal babies cry to communicate with others. Since they can’t express their feelings in words crying is the only way for communication. If feeling uncomfortable in any way they simply cry. Normally babies cry in particular situations for example hunger, soiled nappy, too
hot or cold, tight clothes, pain etc. 

Some babies cry from loneliness or habit

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Some kids need the constant presence of another person or they will simply resort to crying. Crying without any cause is habitual in some babies. Even though crying is considered as normal it may worry family members or carers. Since the reasons for crying ranges from simple causes to more serious ones it should not be ignored thus exact cause must be identified and managed accordingly.

The following are some points which should be considered while dealing with
a crying baby:

1. It is dangerous to shake the baby vigorously.

2. Tight, restrictive clothing can irritate delicate skin and should be loosened.

3. If the room is hot put the fan on and open the windows.

4. Check to see if the nappy is soiled and change it.

5. Pat her back or stroke her head and let her hear your soothing sound.

6. The baby may be hungry, so offer the breast or bottle.

7. If the climate is cold cover her with a soft blanket.

8. Pace the bedroom slowly whilst gently rocking the child. 

9. Take a music making toy and let her listen.

10., A dummy can be a great comfort.

11. If no response change her position.

12. A breath of fresh air might do you both good, so head outside.

13. Put her on the cradle and rock gently.

14. Perhaps try changing to a different set of arms i.e. ask dad to carry her.If even after all these steps the baby continues to cry check for the following;(Probable cause is given after every sign)

1. Press her abdomen gently,she may twist or resist you:—Colic

2. Pull her ear gently she may become worse or push your hands away:—Earache.

3. Feel her temperature with the back of your hands: — Fever due to an infection.

4.  Examine the skin from head to foot: — Eruptive disease,nappy rash,measles,vesicles,allergy etc.

5. See the nose for any discharge: — Coryza.

6. Move the head gently to feel any neck stiffness:– Meningitis, head injury etc.

7. Keep your ear near her chest to hear any rattling sound:– Increased mucus
in wind pipes. (pneumonia,bronchiolitis,asthamatic bronchitis etc)

8. Examine the anal orifice: — Anal erosion, rectal polyp, crawling of worms.

9. Examine the genitalia: — Any discharge or erosion.

10. In male babies, examine the testicles which may be swollen or tender: — Orchitis, torsion of testes.

11. Also notice the body movements and see for any convulsions, rigors, vomiting, cough,labored breathing etc.If you see the above signs or any other abnormal signs consult your doctor
for proper treatment.

Owning and operating a day care for 10 years provides Fiona Lohrenz with
lots of material for her child care articles. She has her own childcare
website and DVD guide to Starting a ChildCare business: You can find her at her website: