How to Calm a Crying Baby

Being a parent you will surely agree that it is a life-changing event. One common question that most of the new parents think about is ‘why the baby is crying?’ All babies cry, and some cry a lot. In fact, crying is a medium for a baby to tell you they need comfort and care.

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There may be times when a baby tends to cry a lot and no matter how much you try, the crying does not stop. You look for reasons but cannot find out. 

Well, if your little one is wailing and you don’t know why, here are some tips that can calm your baby:

Dirty Diaper: A wet or soiled diaper can be the reason why your baby is crying so much suddenly. Most babies cannot tolerate a dirty diaper for even a minute. By crying they want to say their diaper needs to be changed. Once the dirty diaper is changed, the baby will stop crying.

Hunger: This is probably one of the most common reasons why your baby is crying all of a sudden. If you think your baby is hungry, try to breast feed your baby or give a bottle. Also try to recognize the signs of hunger your baby may be showing. Some of the signs are fussing, smacking of lips and putting their hands to their mouth.

Needs Sleep: Some babies start crying when they feel sleepy. If your baby has missed the regular bed time then he or she may fuss and cry. Try to hold your baby closely and gently rock.  This will put the baby to sleep and the crying will stop. You can even put your baby in a swing as it also helps to calm a baby.

Not Felling Well: Babies often cry when they have an illness like cold, or gas. Feel the back of your baby’s neck with your hands to see if he or she is too hot or too cold. Take your baby’s temperature with a thermometer to rule out a fever and look out for other signs of illness. In case your baby is having temperature, consult a doctor.

Needs to Burp: When a baby cries after a feeding, a good burp can solve the problem. Babies swallow air while breast feeding or sucking from a bottle. This air causes a lot of discomfort. To help, pat the back of your baby while he or she lies on your lap. You will hear a light sound of burping. Once done your baby will stop crying.

Tummy Troubles: Tummy troubles associated with gas or colic can make your baby cry a lot. If your baby fusses and cries right after being fed, it may be due to tummy pain. You can give some anti-gas drops to your baby as suggested by your doctor. If you suspect gas, you can eliminate it by putting your baby on his or her back and patting the back gently.

Snuggle: At times a baby needs love to calm down. Hold your baby close to your body and walk around the room gently. This will calm the baby. You can even sing or hum some soft songs to your baby.

Try some of the above mentioned ways to comfort and calm your baby. In case the baby does not stop crying, consult a doctor.