All newborns cry and fuss from time to time. For the first 6 weeks, it's usual for a newborn to cry for 2–3 hours every day. They cry more frequently throughout the first three months of life than at any other time. New parents are frequently sleep deprived as they adjust to life with their infant. They'll quickly figure out if their crying baby is hungry, tired, or wants to be burped, or if he or she is overstimulated, has a wet or dirty diaper, or is too cold or hot.
Taking care of a the needs of a baby is often enough to calm them down. However, there are situations when the crying lasts longer.
What Is Colic?
Some babies cry incessantly, while others do not. Colic is defined as a baby that cries for more than 3 hours per day, 3 days per week, for at least 3 weeks. It usually begins when a newborn is 2–5 weeks old and lasts until the child is 3–4 months old. Colic affects a large percentage of neonates. It's difficult to see your kid cry so often, but colic isn't caused by anything you did or didn't do as a parent. The good news is that babies grow out of their colic.
What Can You Do If Your Baby Is Crying?
You can't give your baby too much love and care. To calm a crying infant, do the following:
1. Make sure your baby isn't sick and hasn't developed a fever. A fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) in a baby. If your child has a fever, call your doctor straight away.
2. Check to see if your child is hungry and has a clean diaper.
3. Hold the baby in your arms and rock or walk with him.
4. Sing or converse with your child.
5. Place a pacifier in the baby's mouth.
6. Take a stroll with the baby in a stroller.
7. Take slow, calm breaths while holding your baby close to your body.
8. Bathe the baby in lukewarm water.
9. Gently pat or rub the back of the baby.
10. Place your baby on his or her tummy across your lap and gently massage his or her back.
11. Put your infant in a swing or a vibrating seat to keep him or her entertained. It's possible that the motion is relaxing.
12. Take your baby for a ride in the back seat of the car in an infant car seat. The vibrations and movement of the car are often soothing.
13. Play music — some babies are sensitive to both sound and movement.
Some babies require less stimulation than others. Babies as young as two months old may do well swaddled and laying on their backs in their cribs with the lights dimmed or turned out. Check to see whether the swaddle is too firm. When the infant is able to turn over, stop swaddling him or her.
When a Child Refuses to Stop Crying
If a baby in your custody won't stop crying, do the following:
1. Call a friend or family member for help or to look after the infant while you take a break.
2. If nothing else works, place the baby on their back in an unoccupied crib (without loose sheets or teddy bears), close the door, and return after 10 minutes to check on the infant. Do anything to relax and remain calm during those ten minutes. Wash your face, take a deep breath, or listen to music.
3. If nothing does seem to be helping the infant, consult your doctor to check if there is a medical explanation for the fussiness.
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