What screams do I stop

Most babies cry a lot during the first few months

28.01.2013

Almost every baby cries a lot in the first few months of life - even if it is not a “cry baby”. Researchers discovered similar behavior in newborn mammals. The “crying phase” begins around the time the baby is two weeks old and then subsides when it is three to four months old. Typically, crying increases in the afternoon and evening.

Almost every baby cries a lot in the first few months of life - even if it is not a “cry baby”. Researchers discovered similar behavior in newborn mammals. The “crying phase” begins around the time the baby is two weeks old and then subsides when it is three to four months old. Typically, crying increases in the afternoon and evening. usually despair, as the baby does not seem to be calming down. But this is not the parents' fault. A visit to the pediatrician usually shows that the child is completely healthy. It is important for parents to know that the crying baby is not sick or "disturbed" if it continues to yell despite all attempts to calm down.

But parents should always get support before they are completely exhausted - especially if their baby is actually a so-called "cry baby". A crying baby is an infant who cries for inexplicable reasons for more than three hours a day, at least three days a week for more than three weeks, and can hardly be comforted.

Tips for calming the baby
Prof. Dr. Ronald G. Barr, pediatrician at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, has referred to the "crying phase" as the "Period of Purple Crying" because babies' heads turn bright red. He has dealt extensively with this topic and gives parents the following tips:

  • Parents should always remember that babies are not machines. Accordingly, there are no instructions for use that work safely.
  • Some strategies work for a while, but nothing always works.
  • Changing the position can have a calming effect.
  • Repetitions have a calming effect. These can be sounds, caresses or smells. For example, almost all lullabies have parts that are repeated. It's not a coincidence.
  • Rhythms can calm you down. When a mother sings a lullaby, the music has a rhythm (in addition to words and musical melodies that are repeated). When mothers speak to babies, they tend to use higher pitched voices and exaggerate certain words. This exaggeration gives the words a certain rhythm.
  • Background noises, such as gentle humming (e.g. in the car, from the vacuum cleaner), noise (water) can help.
  • Proximity gives the baby a feeling of security. Sometimes the baby becomes still when it feels the mother.
  • Human voices and smells or seeing people have a positive effect on the baby.

Soothing methods should ideally be used preventively. If the baby is already crying, it will be much more difficult to get a result.

Source: www.purplecrying.info