The problem with babies is that they cannot talk! Life as a new parent would be so much better if they could just tell you what was going on. Instead, as parents of a baby, we are left to figure it out while the baby continues to wail. This can be scary as well as frustrating.
Babies cry when they have a problem, any problem. As the parent or caregiver, it can sometimes require a process of elimination to figure out what is going on. Until you manage to figure out what the problem is, the crying will usually continue.
The source of a baby’s cries could be anything from a wet diaper to hunger or boredom. Even simply needing to change positions is enough to elicit a crying spell from a newborn.
Babies get bored. Having a variety of positions and activities for them will help keep their day full. Their attention span is not very long, so you may find that there are times that they will only occupy themselves for short periods.
A baby will cry when they are tired if they are not comfortable enough to go to sleep. Some babies will only sleep in their beds and simply want to be put there.
As if all of this weren’t enough to worry about, there is always the chance that there is really something wrong. What if the baby is too hot or too cold?
– If a baby is over-heated, their skin will feel clammy, not usually hot.
– If they are cold, their skin will feel cold.
If your baby feels warm to the touch, it may be that a fever is the reason for the fussiness.
The biggest reason for a baby to have a slight fever is teething. When a teething baby develops a fever it is usually a sign that they are having a tough day with it.
You will be able to tell if your baby is teething by placing a clean finger into their mouth and rubbing the gum. A teething baby will generally respond well to this and may even start chewing on the finger.
Another sure sign of teething is drooling. When a baby starts teething they start to drool, all the time. They start to chew on everything that they can get into their mouths.
If you notice anything more than a slight fever you should consult the doctor. Babies get sick. There is no way to prevent it every time. Keeping your newborn away from others that are sick is not always an option and it doesn’t always keep them from getting sick. Have the baby seen by the doctor if they do get sick. Only the doctor can tell you what is going on.
Another really good time to have the baby seen is when you cannot figure out the reason for any fussiness. Tell the doctor what is going on and have the baby checked over. After the exam, the doctor should be willing to answer any questions that you may have. He may even have some suggestions as to why the baby is fussy.
Talk to your baby’s doctor before giving them any medication. The amount of medicine given to a baby is so small that it would be easy to over medicate them without realizing it.
Remember that there is any number of reasons that babies fuss. Most of these do not require anything more than a change of position, a diaper change or a warm bottle.
Unfortunately, a fussing baby can be extremely frustrating. If you find yourself frustrated and don’t know what to do, be careful. Don’t let your frustration take over.
Put the baby to bed and close the door. Turn the music or TV up if you find the crying irritating. Give yourself a time-out. Take a few minutes to regain your composure before returning to the baby. Keep in mind that crying is the only way they have to tell you that SOMETHING is wrong.