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BABIES / Aug ‘2019

Hush Little Baby

BABIES / AUG ‘2019

Hush Little Baby

A baby’s cry is their only way of communicating with their parent so knowing their reason for crying is essential! Here is your guide to decoding the five most common baby cries.

Words Joy Ong

HUNGER:
❥ Typically, a low-pitched, rhythmic, repetitive cry.
❥ It’s best to respond quickly so the baby doesn’t get too worked up and swallow air which can trap gas or cause them to spit up.

Look out for…
❥ Your baby’s sucking reflex will kick in here
so babies may also put their fingers in their
mouth or try gnawing at their hand.

UNCOMFORTABLE:
❥ A whiny, nasal, continuous cry usually means your baby is uncomfortable. They’re itchy, wet, cold, or want to be in a different position.
❥ It may also be discomfort so check for a dirty nappy!

GAS:
❥ This cry will come from the lower abdomen and will often see it accompanied by your child pulling their knees up or pushing out with their legs. His body will be uncomfortable because he’s experiencing
lower gas and looking for a way to manoeuvre it out.
❥ When your baby is feeling gas in the upper part of his digestive tract, he’ll push his breath out like he’s trying to burp.

HOT TIP!
Try comforting positions such as laying her on her tummy on your forearm or across
your knees, supporting her head and rubbing her back.

SICK/COLIC:
❥ Colic often occurs in the late afternoon or evening, and the episodes can last for hours. It typically peaks around six weeks after birth and goes away by the time the baby is three to four months old.
❥ Intense wails or screams accompanied by fidgeting movements can signal the baby is feeling unwell.

❥ A sick baby will typically let out soft whimpers that are weak and nasal
sounding.
❥ If you suspect your baby is sick, be on the lookout for additional symptoms that warrant a doctor’s visit such as fever, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting and rashes.

The sound of a baby’s pained cries can break any parent’s heart. Using our tips and tricks for identifying the reason for your baby’s tears can put a
smile on everyone’s faces.

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