How to Understand the Discomforts of Your Newborn Baby?

One of the worst feelings as a parent is when your little one is in pain but can’t seem to communicate exactly what’s wrong with themselves. During such times, it’s up to you to take up the mantle and try to understand them better.

If you’re wondering how to do that, it’s actually not so hard. Babies communicate in a variety of ways and if you’re a first-time parent, understanding their communication patterns is important. Here’s how you can identify their discomfort patterns -

  • High-pitched crying

  • Grimacing

  • Not calming down

  • Frequent hiccups

  • Difficulty in taking a pacifier

  • Sneezing/Yawning

  • Slower or faster breathing than normal

  • Avoiding any form of eye contact

  • A decreased level of activity

If your baby tends to show any of these symptoms, it means that they’re in some form of discomfort and would like to be tended to, and may be would like to be wrapped in super soft baby blankets. Here’s what you can do to help them out -

  • Create a safe and comfortable environment by cuddling with them or making eye contact

  • Change their reusable cloth diaper and provide more comfortable clothing

  • Dim the lights and / or block the baby’s eyes from any form of bright lights

  • Turn off any external distractions like the TV or laptop and talk softly

You can also step forth and provide touch as a form to provide comfort for the little one. You can do this by:

  • Swaddling your baby

  • Changing their position on the bed

  • Holding their hand

Touch can go a long way in helping your little one feel more comfortable, so always try to attempt that when you notice any symptoms.

Another step you can take is to distract them by shifting their focus on something that isn’t painful like feeding them using a baby feeding pillow, singing or talking to them calmly, offering pacifiers for them to be calm, offering skin-to-skin contact and trying the “hands-off” approach so the baby calms on their own.

When to go to the doctor?

With squirming, fussiness and other similar behaviors, you shouldn’t panic unless they happen frequently. If the episodes persist beyond the first few months, then you might have to visit a pediatrician and understand why it's happening. If there’s a food allergy, there could be a difference because they could also end up having vomiting, diarrhea, rashes and not gain weight.

Gassiness can also be a symptom that arises because of celiac disease, which is an intolerance to anything gluten. Children aren’t normally born with the disorder but it can develop when the environment “switches on” the genes causing it.

Once you visit a doctor, they’ll be able to give you a better route on healing and your baby’s health will be back on top in no time.

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