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Crying in infants


Crying is the most powerful tool to attract attention, he tells them that the child is: tired, sick, hungry. Crying, the baby signals that he needed help.

The causes of crying in infants

Crying infants has many meanings and over time mom understands why the baby cries and always comes to the rescue of the baby.

3) cold or heat;

4) the pain;

5) fatigue;

6) the lack of attention and communication;

7) wet diapers, diaper rash.

The sharp crying of the infant

In the first month of life the baby cries less, due to the immaturity of the nervous system and only such strong stimuli like hunger, pain or fear can trigger this powerful element of the child’s adaptation to new conditions of life.

– sudden loud sound (screaming, banging);

– constantly working TV or other sound-reproducing equipment.

A small child may cry, experiencing difficulty falling asleep, fatigue, pain, hunger.

Hunger as the cause of the crying

Hunger is considered the most common cause of crying children up to 3 months.

“Hungry” cry different from other types of crying is easy: a baby starts to cry after a certain time after feeding, mouth makes sucking movements, stretches arms and “catches Breasts”. The crying has a demanding character, he is loud and persistent. Usually crying from hunger occurs with late feeding or the lack of milk from mothers (hypogalactia) of various origins.

If the crying is due to hunger, the child will calm down after feeding.

At present the basic who recommendations on breastfeeding, especially newborns and infants of the first months of life (up to 6 months) is feeding on demand the child, not by the hour. But parents should not forget about other causes of crying child, to offer the breast, but not to insist, especially if after feeding too little time has passed. Usually during normal lactation and enough time finding the baby at the breast – he wants to eat no earlier than 1.5-2 hours, and overfeeding leads to regurgitation and frequent intestinal colic. If the kid asks his chest – you should consult a pediatrician to determine the cause of the “hungry” crying.


Infants up to 3 months sleep 18 to 20 hours and this is due to physiological fatigue due to hyperexcitability of the nervous system. The main response to fatigue, both physical and emotional is considered crying. The more the baby is tired, the longer and stronger the child will cry. The hallmark crying from fatigue is a first-loss interest in the outside world, then begins to whine, move restlessly, and then cry loudly. It is important to know that the baby is not always able to calm himself and fall asleep. Your baby will need to hold her, to soothe and lull. Children quickly settle in the fresh air. At the first sign of fatigue you can try to give your baby a bath – water in most cases, acts calming on the child, the baby quickly calms down and falls asleep. In the water you can add a few drops of tincture of Valerian, to bathe the baby in herbal teas – peppermint, chamomile, calendula. But too tired to bathe the baby – this will lead to overstimulation of the nervous system.

The lack of communication

Kids infants in dire need, not only in service and food, but also in communication. The need of communication is an important quality and in its absence it is impossible the full development of the emotional sphere and the intellect, and he does everything to attract the attention of an adult, especially in close contact with the mother.

The lack of communication is crying and screaming infants is not associated with discomfort and as soon as the child seeks adult attention – he immediately calms down.

Heat or cold

Often the child is crying, experiencing discomfort from overheating or overcooling infants, due to the immaturity of the system of thermoregulation.

If the baby feels hot with marked redness of the skin, the baby starts whimpering, tossing about in bed, releasing the arms and legs, and later cry loudly. Crying is enhanced with the appearance of the skin red spots – heat rash and fever.

If the kid froze, his crying, the first is sudden and shrill character, a cry that gradually turns into a whimpering with the accession of the hiccups. With arms, legs and trunk of a baby cold, and the skin on the back and chest is cool. Parents need to create a comfortable environment for the child and it is the prevention as colds and overheating, and any discomfort of the child.

Crying in sleep in infants

Anxiety your baby during sleep can cause:

– uncomfortable sleeping conditions (awkward posture, prolonged pressure on the skin folds of clothing or linen, heat or cold);

gastrointestinal colic;

– wet clothes and diaper rash;

– pain (Earache, teething, thrush).

In the first month of life, correct choice of clothing and bedding (they must be made of natural materials, without synthetic additives), to constantly align the bed to turn the baby.

Wet clothes constantly irritates the skin, there are redness, itchy skin, diaper rash, and minor wounds.

Strong crying in infants

Intestinal colic is considered the second most common reason for baby’s crying. They arise from the immaturity of enzymatic systems infants and development of allergic reactions, eating disorders nursing mothers. In the intestine of the infant happens the accumulation of gases which irritate the intestinal wall, causing swelling and pain.

The crying baby is colicky and intermittent nature. The kid screams and thumping from crying, calming down for short periods of time. While crying, the baby pulls his legs to the stomach. Feeding does not eliminate, only aggravates a cry, sometimes a baby begins to cry immediately after feeding.

In modern Pediatrics use step therapy of intestinal colic in infants, which is a complex of measures for background correction and elimination measures of pain attack.

The methods of background correction are:

1. Correct feeding;

2. The use of herbal and other drugs (plantex, a decoction of fennel, espumizan, robotic, baby calm, babynos);

If you are experiencing cramps, you need to:

– take the child in his arms, pressing the tummy body.

– put on the baby’s stomach warm dry compress, heating pad, warm diaper;

– to bathe the baby in a warm bath with herbal teas and Valerian;

– can I massage baby tummy clockwise with warm palm;

– take advantage of the vent tube;

– after feeding must hold the baby in an upright position.

Proper nutrition nursing mothers it is important to prevent the development of intestinal colic.

Other causes of pain

Crying infants are often triggered pain syndrome that can occur with stomatitis (thrush), inflammation of the ear (otitis), at the beginning of a viral infection or the first signs of cold in connection with the sore throat, inflammation of the ligaments of the larynx, nasal congestion.

Thrush (thrush) is manifested in the form of a white film, inflammation of the mucous membranes and the appearance of ulcers, so the baby, feeling the anxiety and pain, especially when feeding, in connection with the soreness sucking and irritation of the mucous membranes. The baby cries and refuses the breast.

With otitis, there is a sharp pain when swallowing and ear pain at night. The crying of a baby becomes strong, poignant and inconsolable.

In any case where a strong cough in infants, parents should immediately seek medical attention to determine the cause and assign timely and appropriate treatment.

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