• April 23, 2024
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common causes of baby sobbing

common causes of baby sobbing

By Simon Guchu

Toddlers are delicate creatures that require delicate handling due to their  unique developmental stage and vulnerability .

At this tender age, toddlers are filled with boundless curiosity but limited understanding of potential dangers.

Baby handling  is rooted in the balance between providing physical care and emotional support while respecting the unique needs and individuality of each infant. Moreover baby handling is deeply intertwined with the concept of responsiveness.

Babies communicate primarily through crying during their early months of life as they have not yet developed language skills to communicate verbally. In this particular article we will focus on exploring what triggers the tears in babies

  1. Hunger- hunger is the primary trigger for crying in infants. Babies require frequent feeding especially during the early months of development. Hunger cries are often short and low-pitched. Sucking motions and frowns  are signs of hunger in a baby. 
  1.  Discomfort – babies often cry whenever they are uncomfortable due to factors like wet diapers, tight clothing, noise, bright light, or change in environment. Understanding these discomforts is essential in addressing the best way to respond.
  1. ‘Teething’ – this is a process during infancy when a baby’s teeth begin to emerge through the gums. During teething, the gums become swollen , red and tender causing discomfort and irritability. This typically starts at around 6 months of age and can continue until the child is 2 to 3 years old. 
  1. Fatigue – just like adults , children also become exhausted leading to fussiness and crying. Providing a soothing environment is crucial in countering the same.
  1. Gas and digestive discomfort – Gas pain or digestive discomfort can cause discomfort for babies, leading to crying spells. This can be due to swallowing air during feeding, sensitivity to certain foods in breast milk or formula, or an immature digestive system.
  1. Separation anxiety– babies will always cry when separated from the primary caregiver. This often occurs during bedtime or when being left with a different caregiver.
  1. Loneliness and boredom– babies crave social interaction and may cry when they feel lonely or bored. Spending time interacting with the baby through talking, singing, or gentle play can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and boredom.
  1. Reflux or colic – reflux occurs when stomach contents flow back into the esophagus, causing irritation, while colic is characterized by excessive crying without an obvious cause.
  1. Illness– babies may cry when they are sick or experiencing discomfort from conditions such as ear infections, fever,cold, urinary tract infections, or teething pain. It’s essential to monitor for signs of illness or discomfort and seek medical attention if necessary.

Baby handling is rooted in the principle of gentleness, empathy, patience and care. These core values foster a nurturing environment that promotes strong bonds, healthy attachment and  overall well being of  infants. Understanding the various triggers of tears in babies is crucial in establishing the best way to respond to their needs .

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