The Complete Guide to Baby Crying- Understand What Your Baby is Telling You

When your baby is crying, she is communicating with you; she may be saying ‘mammy –  I’m hungry’, ‘I’m tired’ or ‘I have gasses and I’m in pain’. Learning to identify what exactly she is telling you at any given moment will help you give her what she needs and sooth her. Here you will find the complete guide to baby crying.

I am hungry

Crying that indicates hunger starts from the throat and sounds like a cough. Then it becomes monotonous with constant rhythm.

There are several signs that may indicate that your baby is hungry. She will lick her the lips, make sucking sounds, open her mouth and move her head from sides to side as if looking for food, put her hands in her mouth or move uneasily. The moment crying starts, hunger becomes unbearable. It is, therefore, advisable to identify these signs in advance and feed your little one before she begins to cry.

I am tired

Crying that results from tiredness begins as nagging that slowly intensifies into loud crying that comes with kicking and flapping arms.

Some babies may find it hard to fall asleep on their own and may require your help. It is highly recommended putting your baby in bed while she is still awake and before she is too tired so she may get used to falling asleep on her own.

The most important thing is to follow a fixed bedtime routine every night. This routine should include a bath, feeding and going to bad- all needs to be done at constant hours.

I am in pain

Crying resulting from pain (stomachache, digestion problems, gases) usually starts abruptly and lasts three hours or more. It may reach really high tones depending on the degree of pain.

Colic and consequent abdominal pain are very common among infants from birth to five months. There are several things you can do to relieve the pain:

  • Place your baby’s belly against you. It is advisable to use a carrier
  • Move your baby slowly from side to side or up and down, whispering “shhh”
  • Lift the baby’s legs towards her stomach and rotate them gently clockwise
  • A warm bath can do wanders
  • Use drugs prescribed by your pediatrician

I need to poop

Crying accompanied by effort and reddened cheeks is an indication that your baby is experiencing discomfort and maybe pain while trying to poop. Holding her in a squat position will make it much easier for her to empty her bowels.

Typical crying sounds

If you listen carefully, you will be able to identify specific sounds that repeat themselves every time your baby is crying. These sounds were deciphered by researchers and they mean the following:

“neh” – I want to east

“eh” – I need to burp

“Heh” – I’m uncomfortable

“owh” – I’m tired

“eairh” – I have gases

Next time your baby is crying, try to recognize these sounds.