Crying is the only way your little babe can communicate negative feelings, at least in the first 12 months. That’s why parents need to develop the knack for recognizing what their infant is trying to tell them. Here, we enumerate several reasons and various interpretations of grief that may help you identify what your baby is trying to say.
1 .Feed me! When baby starts to suck on a Þ nger and smack his lips as a precursor to a low-pitched, rhythmic cry, he might be telling you to give him your breast.and fast! Nelizza de Gorostiza-Banocnoc, M.D., a pediatrician at San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay City, says a cry of hunger sounds demanding. It has a pattern of short cry, brief pause, short cry, pause, and so forth.
Solve it. Pick him up; if he’s really hungry, he will automatically root for your breast. Although in the early stages of infancy, Dr. de Gorostiza-Banocnoc explains that babies still have the rooting reß ex (mouth turns instinctively to mom’s finger if brought near the cheek) that may lead you to think he.s hungry even if he’s not. Take him for a walk in your arms first. If he falls asleep, he just might want to rest. If he continues to wail, serve him with milk pronto.
2. I have a tummy ache! Maria Concepcion Cabildo, M.D., a pediatrician at San Juan Medical Center in San Juan, says your baby may have a painful gas buildup or he may be constipated, thus the cry of distress. If he is formula-fed, stomach cramps and slimy poop may occur from improper sterilization of feeding bottles or from the water used. There’s also a chance of him developing milk sensitivity, she adds. Some babies could even have a condition called reß ux where food from the stomach backs up towards the throat.
Solve it. Burp him regularly. Don’t let him lie supine right after eating; set him in a side-lying or seating position instead. If you’re using bottled water, check if it has been certified safe for infant consumption, says Dr. Gorostiza-Banocnoc.
If the symptoms continue, consult your pediatrician, you might need to switch to a soy-based formula or hydrolyzed whey. Opt for slow-flow nipples. Make sure, too, that the nipple and hole size are appropriate for baby’s age, she says. Avoid feeding with his bottle propped up on a pillow; he may swallow more air.