Why Won’t My Newborn Stop Crying?
All babies cry, that’s no secret. But many newborn babies cry continually, howling and whimpering with no end while frantic, exhausted, frustrated parents try to uncover the root of the crying. If you can relate to this situation, you know exactly how scary it can be to feel powerless and lost without a way to soothe your own child. This quick guide can help any frazzled parents with proven strategies to comfort their crying newborns.
The majority of infants who cry uncontrollably are suffering from colic, which is medically defined as unexplained crying that lasts longer than three hours per day, three days per week. As most parents with colicky babies will express, colic crying tends to last far longer than that with a force and focus that is unmatched. Colic used to be described as a digestive issue, since colicky babies are usually gassy. However, today colic is viewed by many doctors as a reaction to a baby’s “sensory overload,” in which they become overwhelmed by all of the activity and stimulation around them. This can make even simple and well meaning tasks like feeding and rocking very challenging.
Colicky babies tend to be high maintenance throughout the day, with certain predictable spurts of frantic, aggressive, and uncontrollable crying. If your infant has has colic, she will probably cry as if she is in terrible pain, possibly arching her back and grimacing. It’s also common for colicky babies to become increasingly upset over normal attempts at comforting and soothing, such as rocking, holding, and cuddling. So, what is the solution?
Helping Your Colicky Baby
Every parent has success with a different method, but there are a few that come recommended by the experts as having the best chances of minimizing colicky behavior. Try purchasing a baby carrier that allows you to carry your baby on your front throughout the day. Research shows that babies who are held and carried during the day in this manner will cry less at night. This means you can use the baby carrier on your front as you vacuum, grocery shop, and fold laundry.
If that doesn’t work, you can try creating an environment for your baby that mimics the womb and minimizes the sensory overload that might be setting off the colic. White background noise, running a vacuum cleaner, swaddling, gentle movements, and darkness all make this possible. A warm bath can also imitate the feeling of your infant “swimming” inside your belly for nine long months.
For more help with a newborn baby whose crying is beyond response to basic needs, call the team at Pediatric Care of Four Corners in Davenport, Florida at 863-804-6194. They specialize in pediatric medical care and will help with anything you need.