Crying is a physiological process in the life of a baby.All normal babies cry to communicate with others.Sine they can’t express their feelings in words crying is the only way for communication. If any uncomfortable feeling comes they simply cry.Normally babies cry in situations like hunger,wetting,too heat or cold,tight cloaths,pain ect.
Some kids need the presence of somebody otherwise they will cry .Crying without any cause is habitual in some babies. Eventhough crying is considered as normal it may worry the family members.Since the reasons for crying ranges from simple causes to serious causes it should not be ignored and the exact cause has to be identified and managed accordingly.
The following are some points which should be considered while dealing with a crying baby.
1, It is dangerous to shake the baby vigorously.
2,Tight cloaths can cause irritation hence it should be removed.
3,If the room is hot put the fan and open the windows.
4,If the nappy is wet remove it and after cleaning the parts make it dry with a soft towel.
5,Pat the baby’s back or stroke the baby’s head slowly and let the baby hear your soothing sound.
6,Give breast milk to make her quiet.
7,If the climate is cold cover the baby in a soft towel.
8,Rock the baby gently in your arms and walk slowly in the room.
9,Take a music making doll and let your baby listen.
10,Try a pacifier/dummy or help your baby.
11,If no response change her position.
12,Walk outdors with your baby.
13,Put your baby on the cradle and rock gently.
14,If no response ask somebody else to carry the baby.
Even after all these steps the baby goes on crying see for the following signs.
( Probable cause is given after every sign)
1,Press your baby’s abdomen gently,your baby may twist or resist you:—Colic
2,Pull your baby’s ear gently,your baby may become worse or push your hands away:—Earache.
3,Feel your baby’s temperature with the back of your hands:–Fever due to any infection.
4,Examine the skin from head to foot:–Eruptive disease,nappy rash,measles,vesicles,allergy ect.
5,See the nose for any discharge:–Coryza.
6,Move the head gently to feel any neck stiffness:–Meningitis,head injury ect.
7,Keep your ear near her chest to hear any rattling sound:–Increased mucus in wind pipes.
(pneumonia,bronchiolitis,asthamatic bronchitis ect)
8,Examine the anal orifice:–Anal erosion,rectal polyp,crawling of worms.
9,Examine the genitalia:–Any discharge or erosion.
10,In male baby see the testicles which may be swollen or tender:–Orchitis,torsion of testes.
11,also notice the body movements and see for any convulsions,rigors,vomiting,cough,laboured breathing ect.
If you see the above signs or any other abnormal signs consult your doctor for proper treatement.
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