Your noisy new­born What are those funny sounds?

You may be sur­prised by some of the strange sounds your tiny baby makes! Here is a guide to what to ex­pect

Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents -

AT BIRTH NEW­BORNS not only look funny, but they sound funny as well. Your new­born’s body is brand new and it has to learn to func­tion on its own, in other words out­side of the womb. As a new par­ent you will jump at ev­ery pip and squeak your baby makes, which is nor­mal, but most of the sounds that your new­born makes are com­pletely nor­mal and not an in­di­ca­tion of any sick­ness or dis­com­fort. The truth is that her body is learn­ing to func­tion as a sep­a­rate en­tity from her mom. So how noisy does a new­born get, re­ally?

CRY­ING

Ba­bies cry not be­cause they are in pain, but usu­ally be­cause it is the only way they know how to com­mu­ni­cate with you. As you get used to your baby you will learn to de­ci­pher her cries and learn how to re­spond to them. Cry­ing can mean, “I’m hun­gry,” “I have a wet nappy,” “I want to be held, ” or, “I’m sick.”

Your new­born baby will pro­duce a symphony of noises – es­pe­cially high­pitched squeaks – in ad­di­tion to the cry­ing. These lit­tle noises are nor­mal and nothing to worry about.

BURP­ING

New­born burp­ing is caused by the air ba­bies swal­low dur­ing feeds, which may cause them some dis­com­fort, so it’s im­por­tant for them to burp. Be sure to wind your baby af­ter feeds.

GRUNTING

New­born grunting and strain­ing is nor­mal, and isn’t a sign that your baby is con­sti­pated. The real sign of con­sti­pa­tion is small, round, pel­let-like poo. Let your baby fig­ure out how his body works – the grunting will stop over time.

HIC­CUPS

Hic­cups are caused when your baby’s di­aphragm con­tracts. This is in­vol­un­tary. When she in­hales, her di­aphragm pulls down to help pull air into the lungs. When she ex­hales, the di­aphragm re­laxes and air flows out of the lungs back out through her nose and mouth. But when ba­bies are feed­ing they of­ten swal­low air and the di­aphragm be­comes ir­ri­tated. When this hap­pens, it pulls down in a jerky way, which causes your baby to suck air into her throat sud­denly. When the air rush­ing in hits the voice box, your baby is left with a big hic­cup.

Hic­cups do not bother your new­born at all, and they do not need to be stopped. This means that you don’t have to give your baby wa­ter or try any other hic­cup-stop­ping tech­niques. You’ll find that the hic­cups will decrease in fre­quency over the first few weeks.

IR­REG­U­LAR BREATH­ING

Don’t worry if you find your new­born’s breath­ing pat­tern a bit “off” in the first few days. Your baby’s breath­ing rate may vary widely, some­times ex­ceed­ing 60 breaths per minute, es­pe­cially when she is ex­cited or fol­low­ing a bout of cry­ing.

How­ever, if your baby turns blue or stops breath­ing for longer stretches of time, it is an emer­gency and you should con­tact your doctor im­me­di­ately or go to the hospital, or be­gin in­fant CPR in acute cases.

SNEEZ­ING

Sneez­ing oc­curs fre­quently and doesn’t in­di­cate a cold, in­fec­tion or al­ler­gies in new­borns. This is a nor­mal re­flex.

SNUFFLING

New­borns snuf­fle a lot. This is be­cause they tend to breathe through their noses and their nasal pas­sages are still quite nar­row, so small amounts of nasal fluid or mu­cus can cause them to breathe nois­ily or sound congested even when they don’t have a cold or other prob­lem. This is com­pletely nor­mal. YB

DON’T WORRY IF YOU FIND YOUR NEW­BORN’S BREATH­ING PAT­TERN A BIT ‘OFF’ IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS

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