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The Tranquil Way | Crying baby driving you crazy?

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 10:00 AM

There are few things than can terrorise a mother more than a crying baby that won't be consoled. It's even worse if she is tired from getting up frequently at nights to attend to the baby and she has no support. These situations can, at times, lead to some unhealthy, and even dangerous, reactions on the part of the mother. How should the situations be dealt with?

Babies can't talk, so crying is the only way a baby can communicate with his parent(s) when he/she is uncomfortable. It is up to the parent to find out what the source of the discomfort is. It may be simple or serious. Of course, some babies cry more than others, so personality is definitely a factor.

The first thing to do is to look for the simpler reasons. These include a soiled diaper, hunger, need to be cuddled, tiredness, needing to be burp, excessive hot or cold, need for more or less stimulation, uncomfortable clothing or teething. The next thing to do to check the immediate environment of the baby quickly as the source of the discomfort may be there (such as body part stuck in a crevice), then pick up the baby and cuddle him/her, check the diaper and attempt to feed him/her. At the same time check the general surrounding for excess heat, cold, lighting and noise.

Sing soothingly to the baby while walking (even outside if necessary) and rocking him/her. If the baby has been fed, he may need to be burped. Babies between four to seven months may cry due to teething. If none of these work, then remove all his/her clothes to check for a cause.

 

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION

 

Serious problems may be present as mentioned before. Pay close attention to the baby's temperature, as a fever may clue you into the reason the baby is crying. Other important things to watch for are vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, bleeding from any site and drowsiness. The baby may be sick or may just be having colic. If colic remedies don't work, medical attention may be required.

A parent should never drop or shake the baby in frustration as these can cause serious and permanent harm to the baby. Shaken baby syndrome can cause death, blindness, brain damage, seizures and mental retardation. Get help with the baby before getting frustrated and/or if nothing is helping to stop the crying.