There’s no getting around it: Babies cry. It’s how they communicate hunger, pain, fear, a need for sleep, and more. To help you figure out her crankiness, we’ve compiled the top things your child may be trying to tell you, along with strategies for bringing back his/her smile.
Starving– This is probably the first thing you think of when your baby cries. Learning to recognize the signs of hunger will help you start your baby feeding before the crying stage. Some signs to watch are fussing, smacking lips or putting their hand in mouth. You should also know what kind of food your baby need.
Tummy Trouble– If your baby often fusses and cries right after being fed, he may be feeling some sort of tummy pain. There’s no shortage of reasons why your baby might have stomach discomfort. Tummy troubles associated with gas or colic can lead to lots of crying.
Burp– Babies swallow air when they breastfeed or suck from a bottle, and if the air isn’t released it may cause some discomfort. Some babies are intensely bothered by having air in their tummy, while others don’t seem to burp or need to be burped much at all, but if your baby cries after a feeding, a good burp may be all he needs.
Too hot/too cold– When your baby feels chilly, such as when you remove his clothes to change a diaper or clean his bottom with a cold wipe, he may protest by crying. You baby should don’t be feeling too hot, dress your baby in the same number of layers as you’re
wearing. If you’re not sure whether she’s too hot or too cold, put your hand on her tummy.
Teething– Teething can be painful as each new tooth pushes through tender young gums. Some babies suffer more than others, but all are likely to be fussy and tearful at some point along the way. On average, the first tooth breaks through between 4 and 7 months, but it can happen earlier.