Cracking The Crying Code Of Your Newborn

Jun 04, 2011 No Comments by

Sure, crying is a baby’s only form of communication—but that doesn’t mean you’ll always know exactly what he or she is trying to say. Not to worry. This cheat sheet can help you figure out what those whimpers, wails, and shrieks really mean:

  • ‘I’ m hungry’. A short and low-pinched cry that rises and falls rhythmically and has a pleading quality to it usually means that baby’s in the market for meal. The hunger cues, such as lip smacking, rooting or finger sucking. Catch on to the clues, and you can often avoid the tears.
  • ‘I’ m in pain’. This cry begins suddenly, and is loud, panicked, and long, leaving the baby breathless. It’s followed by a long pause (that’s baby catching his or her breath, saving up for another chorus) and then repeated, long, high-pitched shrieks.
  • ‘I’ m bored’. This cry starts out as coos (as baby tries to get a good interaction going), then turns into fussing (when the attention he or she is craving isn’t forthcoming), then build to bursts of indignant crying (“Why you are ignoring me?”) alternating with whimpers. The boredom cry stops as soon as the baby is picked up.
  • ‘I’ m overtired or uncomfortable’. A whiny, nasal, continuous cry that builds in intensity is usually baby’s signal that he or she has had enough.
  • ‘I’ m sick’. This cry is often weak and nasal sounding , with a lower pitch than the ‘pain’ or ‘overtired’ cry—as though baby just doesn’t have the energy to pump up the volume. It’s often accompanied by other signs of illness and changes in the baby’s behaviour (for example, listlessness, refusal to eat, fever and/or diarrhoea). There’s no sadder cry in baby’s repertoire than the ‘sick’ cry, nor one that tugs harder at parental heartstrings.

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