How to Calm the Crying Baby

The only means that your baby has to communicate with the world is by crying. This is the only way he has to tell you that he is hungry, tired, wet, lonely or sick. This is frustrating not only to you, but to your baby too. Between the ages of two and six weeks, a child may cry for two to four hours a day. You may find these crying spells happening the most in the early evening. By the time your baby is three months old, these crying spells will begin to diminish. Mothers and fathers soon learn to recognize which cries are associated with hunger, sleepiness, or discomfort. So in the beginning do not fret if you can't seem to satisfy your little one. In no time at all you will be a pro at answering to your baby's calls.

Calming The Colicky Baby

If your baby has colic, the crying pattern is different. When a colicky has an irritable episode, it may last for several hours and may occur at any time of the day or night. It is estimated that 1 in 5 babies has crying spells severe enough to be labeled colic. Colic crying will differ from ordinary crying in that the baby will seem inconsolable. The baby will draw his knees up, clench his fists and sometimes pass gas by rectum. A colicky baby will seem inconsolable; crying will turn to screaming, for hours on end. Despite the apparent discomfort that your baby is experiencing, colicky babies seem to thrive just as well as others.

Coping with Crying

●     Assess the situation. Before you decide that your baby is crying just for cryings sake, you need to decide if there is an underlying reason for the tears. If you think it may be hunger, try a bottle. If baby needs a new diaper, try changing it. Maybe baby is to warm or to cold. Response time. When you respond in a timely manner to your baby's cries, no matter how incidental they seem, your baby is learning that she can trust you will be there for her when she needs you. It is not possible to spoil a young infant. Therefore, crying spells can be reduced because your baby knows that when she really needs something you will be there for her.

●     Less stimulation. If your baby is prone to crying spells try to limit the amount of visitors and excitement. These can prove to be to stimulating for a young infant.

●     Comfort. Sometimes all baby needs is her mother's arms to stop a crying spell.

●     Accept offers of help. Every parent gets angry at times of incessant crying. The best thing that you can do is to remove yourself from the situation. Even the best of parents needs a periodic "time-out". Accept offers of help from relatives and friends when they are offered. Amazingly a few hours away from a crying baby will do a lot to calm nerves and make sense of the situation.