HOW TO CALM A CRYING BABY
Babies can fuss as much as two to three hours in a 24-hour period, and dealing with a wailing baby isn’t easy. Try these strategies to calm your baby down.
What to do when your baby won’t stop crying
Only when we become parents do we realise that having children is a big blessing, and taking care of them a bigger responsibility. Looking after these tiny humans who are entirely dependent on us, especially at an age where they are unable to voice their needs and concerns, can be a daunting affair for many.
WHAT MAKES BABIES CRANKY?
“Infants are a bundle of anxiety while toddlers tend to experience a mix of emotions from anxiousness to a constant need for attention,” explains Dr Nikky Mehta, paediatrician, and neonatologist at SalPra, Mumbai. Crying at night or when left alone in the cradle, cranky behaviour when surrounded by many people, and disapproval when left with a babysitter are a few scenarios mothers have reported to be specifically
difficult when it comes to handling their little ones. Dr Kailash Saini, MD Paediatrics from Surya Hospital Jaipur, helps us understand various reasons why kids get fussy. “They largely fall in two buckets — physiological causes and pathological causes. The former covers like a drop or rise in temperature, crowd and stranger-anxiety, inadequate feeding, noise, and tight clothing. The latter, however, comes accompanied with more serious concerns like fever, resistance towards feeding, seizures, burning sensation while passing urine and pneumonia.” While physiological causes can be easily tackled at home, pathological causes should be brought under a professional’s notice at the earliest.
DEALING WITH A CRYING BABY AT NIGHT
While the first cry of a baby is
a dream come true that marks the health and wellness of the newborn, the sleepless nights that follow due to constant crying and resistance is no less than a nightmare. Those moments are not only hard for the child but also for the mother, likely to make her tired and restless. “Mothers complain that children cry more during the night. This is because the day-night system takes around three months to kick in. Therefore, darker surroundings at night initiate feelings of anxiety in infants.” Dr Mehta tells. He further adds, “What I recommend to mothers is to carry the kid around, talking to her, or singing a lullaby can also help. If caretakers feel tired, they can play some soft music so that the child feels that someone is around. Or simply don’t turn the lights off at night.”
Do crowded places like stores or get-togethers make your little one uncomfortable? Is your baby cranky around his babysitter? If the answer is yes, your baby is experiencing stranger-anxiety. “Stranger-anxiety is seen in children after 8-9 months. This is the time when they start being more vigilant about their surroundings and take time to get friendly with strangers, which explains the occasional crankiness.” Dr Mehta resolves this common concern. “This behaviour varies from individual to individual, depending on many factors like genes, home environment, etc. Hence, there are no set guidelines.” He adds. Give your baby time to get acquainted with this new world. It’s best that the baby is accompanied by the mother or a close family member at all times in order to help him beat stranger-anxiety. In due course, your kid will become familiar with her babysitter too. As a rule of thumb, happy mothers nurture happy kids. Happy parenting!