Babies will always cry, especially if they are going through some uncomfortable experiences. Babies will also cry when they want and need their mother’s attention because she is arguably the closest person to them. Unfortunately, crying is the only way they know how to communicate, and it can be frustrating for a mom to watch her baby crying, especially when she does not know why the baby is crying.
Babies can cry for long periods if mom does not tend to them, and they will only stop crying if whatever is disturbing them is sorted out or if they fall asleep out of the exhaustion of crying. Mothers should not distress whenever their baby starts to cry, instead, they should try their best to figure out what could be wrong with their little ones.
As much as babies cry most of the time when they are in discomfort, if parents look at them keenly they will realize that the crying will come together with certain cues. Using these cues, babies can express themselves in a certain way thus telling mom what the problem actually is. For example, a baby that is hungry can be crying and at the same time be licking her hands, this might mean that she wants to feed.
With time, mothers can learn how to read their babies’ cues and become good at telling what could be bothering their little ones.
Here are some of the discomforts that baby girls experience, the cues they will give to communicate that discomfort and how to handle them so that they can get back to being their jovial selves.
Growing a new tooth can be painful and uncomfortable for all babies in general. Babies start teething between four and six months old. Their bottom incisors are usually the first to pop out, then the top follow. During teething, babies drool a lot and also get cranky and want to chew on any object they touch.
At times teething can cause a slight fever that can make a baby very uncomfortable. Some babies even refuse to feed properly during this milestone. To soothe them, moms can use a clean finger or a cold washcloth to rub their gums. In extreme cases, doctors can prescribe medication for pain and fever.
19 Soiled Diaper
Wet and soiled diapers can make a baby girl uncomfortable and restless. While some may not care to be in a wet diaper, the majority of babies will get uncomfortable and start crying. When a baby is fussy especially after feeding time, one of the first things a mom can do is conduct a diaper check to eliminate wetness as the potential cause of their discomfort.
Moms should make a habit of checking their babies’ diapers every three to four hours. Leaving them with a wet diaper for too long interferes with sleep and promotes the development of rashes. Baby girls tend to have sensitive skin, which can cause them to develop major skin irritations. Moms can also opt for those diaper brands that come with a wetness indicator so that they are able to change a dirty diaper as soon as it is full.
18 Swallowing A Lot Of Air
Burping is the process of getting rid of air swallowed during feeding. Moms often remember to burp their baby girl’s after feeds but occasionally, they can forget especially when the baby falls asleep while feeding. Sometimes, mom can feed the little one, burp her then feed her again and forget to burp her the second time. When this happens, the baby can get uncomfortable and start crying.
A baby can spit up, or seem unusually cranky when mom does not burp them after feeding. Sucking on a pacifier also has the same effect as feeding because the baby also swallows air in the process. Moms should not forget to burp them in this case as well. A mother or caregiver should therefore always remember to hold the baby girl over their shoulder and rub or pat her back gently to release any air swallowed.
17 Hunger Pangs
People, in general, get cranky and uncomfortable when they are hungry; the same case applies to baby girls. Babies can wail when they have not eaten in a while. Most will give out a specific cue when they are hungry and with time, moms are able to differentiate the various cues.
Babies also get fussy when mom does not feed them enough. Newborn babies should nurse at least 8-12 times a day. However, the frequency reduces as they grow older. Moms should feed their little girls before they get hungry. They should never wait until they start crying, as this is a sign of late hunger.
16 An Illness
If a mother has met her baby’s basic needs and she still seems fussy and uncomfortable, then maybe she could be coming down with an illness. Mom can do a temperature check to eliminate fever. When babies get sick, they usually get uncomfortable and cry more than usual.
Moms should always be keen. They should be able to note any changes in their babies’ behavior quickly. Babies can sometimes cry in different tones when they are sick. Other symptoms to look out for to determine whether your baby is sick include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and fever. If a mother suspects that her baby is sick, it is always safe for her to seek medical help or visit a pediatrician who can look for what is ailing her baby.
Baby girls especially newborns, should not have a regular sleep pattern until they are at least four months old. They have to learn how to fall asleep on their own. They usually get uncomfortable and fussy when mommy refuses to put them down for a nap despite them feeling sleepy.
When babies are tired they usually produce a hormone, which makes it harder for them to fall and stay asleep. It might not be time for her to take a nap, but if mom notices that her baby is tired, she should soothe her and put her to sleep. It is better to have a well-rested baby than a cranky one.
14 Tummy Troubles
An achy tummy can make babies super uncomfortable. A stomachache can be the result of excess gas, drinking contaminated milk, a change in mom’s diet and/or poor digestion. Moms should always pay attention to their baby girls when they seem uncomfortable. Babies who have tummy troubles will feel pain when their caregivers press their stomachs, even gently. They may also have other symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea.
Stomachaches are common in babies and may not be the result of anything serious. Sometimes, because their digestive system is not fully developed food may not go down properly. Therefore, moms should be careful about what they eat and how they handle the baby and themselves so that their milk can settle in their stomachs well after feeding. Moms should practice natural ways of easing tummy aches before resulting to medication.
13 Over And Under Stimulation
Babies sometimes have a hard time processing things around them and end up being over stimulated. Things like a busy environment, lights, noises or a group of people can easily overstimulate a baby causing her to be fussy and uncomfortable. When moms sense that their babies are overstimulated, they should take them for a walk or move them to a quiet and peaceful space.
On the other hand, there are babies that parents need to keep busy with different activities because they fuss when they stay in one place for a long period. Moms can take them to the park or a kid-friendly place where their minds can wander and be stimulated even further.
12 Getting Stuck During Tummy Time
Tummy time is essential for the healthy development of a baby. It can be unfamiliar and physically uncomfortable for any baby girl but once she figures it out, she is able to move her head and eventually learn how to roll over. Although baby girls fuss or cry when placed on their stomachs, tummy time usually helps in developing a baby’s motor skills.
With time, the baby will learn how to roll over, sit up, crawl, and eventually walk. However, before they get there, babies can get stuck with their face down on whatever they are placed on. This position can really cause them to be uncomfortable. It is also dangerous and they can suffocate. As a precaution, moms should always supervise tummy time. Babies cannot move themselves when they are stuck so mom should always be there for them.
11 When She Wants To Be Held
Sometimes baby girls get uncomfortable when moms put them down and leave them to be by themselves. Babies thrive on cuddles and gentle touches and want to be able to see, feel, and hear their parent’s voices. They truly enjoy the warmth of a caregiver holding them, since it gives them a sense of security.
Cuddling their young ones is one of the most important things parents can do to their babies. There is nothing like holding a baby too much. That physical contact helps babies bond with their parents. So sometimes when a baby is crying, it could be a way of asking you to hold her.
10 Temperature Changes
Babies usually get uncomfortable when they experience a sudden rise or drop in temperature. Your baby girl might cry when you are changing her diaper or when you are preparing her to take a bath because of the feeling of the cold breeze on her skin.
Moms can also overdress their babies, which can be very uncomfortable for the little ones. The standard rule is that babies should be in one extra layer of clothing as compared to what mom is wearing. Therefore, moms can check how hot or cold their baby is by feeling their tummies. Their hands and feet may be cold due to exposure and therefore not in a position to give an indication of the baby’s temperature.
9 Tight Clothing Or Clothing Tags
Tight clothing usually makes babies uncomfortable. It is important that when mom is shopping for her baby's clothes, she goes for a few sizes larger. Any clothes that create marks on the baby’s body because they are digging into her skin are too tight. Babies grow fast and tend to outgrow those cute newborn clothes within a very short period.
Dressing the baby in tight clothes is bad for her; it can lead to skin irritation, rashes, and digestive problems, which in turn makes them super uncomfortable. Most baby clothes also have tags that can be irritating to the skin; caregivers should remove them before dressing the baby.
8 Nasal Congestion
Babies under three years are usually prone to nasal congestions because their immune system is not strong enough to fight even the common flu. Things like viruses, allergies, and polluted air cause congestion. Nasal congestion really makes them uncomfortable. A blocked nose makes breathing difficult which in turn makes feeding difficult.
Moms can ease the discomfort by using salt-water nasal drops to decongest their noses. Not every stuffy nose requires treatment if the baby is eating and sleeping well; she can wait out the discomfort as the symptoms usually go away after a few days or so. If the baby is really struggling to breathe, mom should take her to the doctor who can then advise on appropriate treatment.
7 Growth Spurts
Babies go through several growth spurts, which can be uncomfortable for them. Growth spurts usually last 2 to 3 days, but can at times last a week. During these times, babies demand more milk due to the growth hormones. They either sleep a lot less or a lot more or are crankier whichever way. They become clingy, fussy and want their caregivers to hold them all the time.
Growth spurts are very normal and usually pass on after a couple of days but if mom is concerned that the baby’s symptoms might be because of something else, she can always consult with the doctor. Babies usually calm down after their growth spurt days are over.
Moms, more often than not, overfeed their babies in an attempt to soothe them from a certain discomfort. Overfeeding occurs when the baby consumes more milk than she needs for energy and growth. This usually makes babies very uncomfortable.
Babies also overfeed when they drink milk too quickly or suckle just to fall asleep. Their brain at times does not register that their stomach is full. Although this happens rarely, most times babies usually signal when they are full, so moms should always be on the lookout for cues so that they can avoid forcing their babies to consume excess milk.
Babies, like most adults, cannot handle the pain that is the result of sicknesses. When they get ear infections, mouth ulcers or diaper rashes, they become super uncomfortable. Diseases like mouth ulcers can be easy to spot because the baby will develop white sores in her mouth and cry every time her caregiver is feeding her. A diaper rash is also easy to spot and can be avoided by keeping the baby’s bottom clean and dry at all times.
An ear infection, on the other hand, is more difficult to detect especially because it is internal. Therefore, when a baby cries relentlessly after meeting all her needs, mom should take her to the doctor for a checkup.
Babies usually become uncomfortable after receiving vaccines. They can cry a bit immediately after an injection but they usually settle down once cuddled or fed. Some babies develop side effects like swelling or redness around the injected area and can develop a fever.
Babies may be sick for a few days after receiving a vaccination. If they get a fever, moms should ensure they are not dressed too warm. They can also ask the doctor to prescribe medication to relieve pain and fever. Moms should also be aware that some vaccination side effects do not show up until 5 to 12 days after the vaccination.
Babies begin eating solid foods around their six-month mark, which makes them prone to constipation. If your baby has not had a bowel movement for three days or more, she might be constipated and this can make her uncomfortable and cranky.
If a baby has a regular bowel movement, then this is a sign that she is eating well. When they don't, then moms should be concerned. To relieve constipation moms can ensure babies eat specific fruits and vegetables like peas and broccoli. They should also give babies plenty of water. Doctors may prescribe a laxative to relieve constipation as a last resort.
Newborns are afraid of loud noises and falling. You also instill discomfort in a baby when you move them abruptly. All these make them super uncomfortable and can cause them to start crying. This is because they are born with immature nervous systems, which cannot interpret certain sensory inputs like loud noises.
Babies also get uncomfortable when they experience anxiety. When they develop an attachment to their caregivers, they sometimes experience anxiety when they don’t see them around. Some are able to handle the separation while others cannot deal with it. Most babies usually outgrow their fears on their own especially when they realize that the caregiver will always return when he or she leaves.
1 General Discomfort
Small discomforts like an itch or an object caught on the baby’s skin can make them uncomfortable. Grown-ups are able to itch whenever they feel the urge to and can also do away with the cause of their discomfort. On the other hand, babies can barely move, the only way they can communicate their discomfort is by crying.
When a mom attends to her baby and she continues to cry, she can strip her down and inspect her entire body carefully to identify the cause of her discomfort. Something as small as a hair strand wrapped tightly around a tiny toe or finger can disturb a baby greatly, hence the need to be thorough. A good massage can be helpful in the case of an itch.