There is a common quote that says, "the only time in life when a baby's cry makes the parents happy is at the time of birth". The happiness, relief and congratulatory words do not begin until the baby's first cry.
Although a baby's first cry is very important in determining if a baby will survive after transitioning from life in the womb to life outside the warm and comfy womb, yet it's still not enough reason to worry if a baby doesn't cry after birth, and here is why.
Some babies may not cry if they're delivered through cesarean section, or if the mother used a lot of pain receiving medicines during the pregnancy period. Of course, this will affect the newborn baby as the baby will either be sleeping or silent.
Only The APGAR Score Test Has The Final Say
The APGAR score test is carried out by pediatricians (baby doctors). Pediatricians calculate this to determine and predict the well being of the baby after birth.
What APGAR test tests for the Appearance (the skin color of the baby), Pulse (the rate of breathing; maybe slow, normal or too fast), Grimace (how the baby respond to stimuli), Activity (if the baby is active) and Respiration (if the baby is adapting to lung breathing) of the baby.
The APGAR test score is over 10. If the baby's APGAR test score is 0-3, that's low and it shows the baby needs immediate medical intervention. If the baby scores 4-6, the baby still need medical intervention but it's not a critical condition. A baby perfoms well when he or she scores 7- 9. There's no 10/10, so the highest a baby can score is 9.
The funny truth is that, even after 5 minutes of doing the APGAR test for a baby who has maybe 3-6, majority of them score up to 8 if the APGAR test is repeated for them.
Babies who cry hard after birth may score low at APGAR test, although they have higher chance of survival than those who don't cry at all.
There's absolutely nothing to worry about if a baby does nott cry since they are still adapting to the new world. All they need is love, good medical attention and the closeness of the mother. Some babies don't even know how to communicate their feelings through crying. They tend to use other methods and gestures, and it is the responsibility of the mother to find out how her baby communicates with her and what her baby wants. This happen most in twin babies; you find out one is overly aggressive while the other is silent and easy going.
The bottom line is this: Not all babies are programmed to cry at birth, and a baby not crying doesn't automatically mean something is wrong with it. What tells it all is the APGAR test which has to be done exactly five minutes after birth.
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