Communication – that’s what babies cry for. This cute thing that suddenly turns into tears just craves more of your attention. All the cultures of the world nod to this pattern that all babies are used to.
Babies cry the most in the first three months. While the amount of crying steadily increases, the time period of crying may vary from an hour to most of the day, which can still be considered within the normal range. It’s like, whoa, right? Babies are also known as howling tear factories.
Some people believe that babies cry more in the afternoon, and that this is related to the mother’s anxiety or the father’s nervousness when he comes home from work. But the most accepted hypothesis now is that babies have this automatic screening ability that they use to turn off all the noises that might stimulate their response so that they can get enough rest. In the long run, however, this screening ability diminishes and disappears completely at about six weeks of age. This makes infants very sensitive to external factors such as noise and motion. These factors usually elicit a response from the infant, and how he or she can best respond is only through crying.
There are many reasons why infants give in to crying. Deciphering these causes is the main difficulty that parents must overcome. Here are some of the things your sweet baby is making you understand through crying
Hunger. Yes, your attention-hungry baby is eager to let you know that his tummy is rumbling. This is the most common reason for your baby to cry, especially in his first few months. The pattern of hunger howls can be described as constant, demanding and almost rhythmic. Of course, this rhythm does not come close to music.
Boredom. What can I say? Aren’t these babies just spoiled? Crying because they’re bored, well, if it were to an adult, I’d find that a bit twisted or strange. But babies really are like that. Crying is their way of telling you, “Hey, let me live here!” So, in addition to attention and food, babies need a lot of stimulation. And when they don’t get that, you get your waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! The trick is to pick the baby up and play with him. This move may be frowned upon by some because it amounts to spoiling the baby. But it is important to know that stimulation is also one of the main necessities of an infant and it does not hurt to provide him with some stimulation as he grows. This boring cry is also said to be rhythmic and full of whimpers and moans.
Discomfort. Pain is another precursor to a baby crying. Who doesn’t cry when they’re in pain, right? Babies are not Major Payne and cannot endure the most painful discomfort they could possibly experience. They are fragile little beings who need to be cared for when they are injured or in an inconvenient situation. This cry can be more sustained, louder and more demanding. Screaming and shrieking are words that can better describe the pattern of crying caused by pain.
Another cause may be disturbance; of course, howling can take place when they are about to fall asleep or have fallen fast asleep and are suddenly awakened by some noise or movement. An illness that causes discomfort may also be the cause of a baby suddenly crying.