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TIPS FOR MANAGING A CRYING BABY
By Fiona Lohrenz
CRYING BABY TIPS
Whether at home or at day care crying is a physiological process in the life of a baby. All normal babies cry to communicate with others. Since they can't express their feelings in words crying is the only way for communication. If feeling uncomfortable in any way they simply cry. Normally babies cry in particular situations for example hunger, soiled diaper, too hot or cold, tight clothes, pain etc.
There are children who demand constant attention and, if not forthcoming, they cry. Habitual crying for absolutely no reason is also common. Crying, whether with or without cause is extremely distressing for parents or caregivers. Since the underlying reasons for sustained crying could be serious all efforts should be made to discover the cause.
Here are some basic considerations when faced with a distressed child.
1. It is dangerous to shake the baby vigorously.
2. Tight clothes can cause irritation hence they should be removed.
3. If the room is hot put the fan on and open the windows.
4. If the diaper is wet remove it and after cleaning dry with a soft towel.
5. Pat her back or stroke her head slowly and let her here your soothing sound.
6. Offer breast milk.
7. If the climate is cold cover her with a soft blanket.
8. Rock her gently in your arms and walk slowly in the room.
9. Take a music making doll and let her listen.
10. Try a pacifier or help her for thumb sucking.
11. If no response change her position.
12. Walk outdoors with her.
13. Put her on the cradle and rock gently.
14. If no response ask somebody else to carry the baby.
If even after all these steps the baby continues to cry check for the following;
(Probable cause is given after every sign)
1. Press her abdomen gently, she may twist or resist you. (Colic.)If you see the above signs or any other abnormal signs consult your health care provider for proper treatment.
2. Pull her ear gently she may become worse or push your hands away. (Earache.)
3. Feel her temperature with the back of your hands. (Fever due to an infection.)
4. Examine the skin from head to foot. (Eruptive disease, diaper rash, measles, vesicles, allergy etc.)
5. See the nose for any discharge. (Coryza.)
6. Move the head gently to feel any neck stiffness. (Meningitis, head injury etc.)
7. Keep your ear near her chest to hear any rattling sound. (Increased mucus in wind pipes. Pneumonia, bronchiolitis, asthmatic bronchitis, etc.)
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, labored breathing, etc.
For more information for parents and child care providers dealing with a crying baby, see:
MoonDragon's Parenting Information: Calming Your Crying Baby
MoonDragon's Parenting Information: How To Calm Your Crying Baby - Conventional Medical Management
MoonDragon's Parenting Information: Day Care - Tips For Stopping Whining
Owning and operating a day care for 10 years provides Fiona Lohrenz with lots of experience and material for her child care articles. Not to mention her childcare website and DVD guide to Starting a Child Care business at www.startchildcare.com.
This article was submitted by Fiona Lohrenz for electronic reproduction on www.moondragon.org July 10, 2008. Thank you Fiona for your contribution.
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