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Understanding baby cries

Understanding baby cries

Baby crying can be confusing for new parents. They can seem incessant and difficult to understand. However, it is important to understand that crying is babies' primary way of communicating.

There are several reasons why a baby may cry:

  • Hunger: Newborns have small stomachs and need to feed frequently. Hunger crying is usually accompanied by signs of restlessness and finger sucking.
  • Diaper changing: Babies are sensitive to the discomfort caused by a dirty diaper. Check regularly if your baby needs to be changed.
  • Colic: Colic is abdominal pain common in infants. Baby crying due to colic is often intense and prolonged.

It's also important to note that babies sometimes cry simply because they need to be comforted and feel safe. Physical contact, such as holding the baby, can often calm crying.

It helps to become familiar with the different types of baby cries. For example, a baby who cries from hunger will have higher-pitched, rhythmic cries, while a baby who cries from pain or discomfort will have higher-pitched, shrill cries.

As a parent, it is important to be patient and not get overwhelmed by your baby's cries. If you are concerned about your baby's crying, do not hesitate to consult your pediatrician for additional advice.

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