Dealing With A Fussy Baby

Babies can’t express themselves with words, so they do so with crying. When it comes to crying, there are several different reasons and intensities for your baby’s cries. Some babies cry because they need your attention or are hungry. Some cry to notify you to change their diapers. There are babies who cry without an end due to being colic. And at times babies cry because they’re either ill or in pain.

Try to figure out the causes and symptoms of crying first. When did she last feed? How long has it been since your baby’s last nap and when did you last change her diaper? These are the most common culprits you need to rule out first. After this, check if your baby has a fever or is in pain. Is she crying after being touched in a particular spot? In such cases, you need to call your baby’s doctor right away and schedule an appointment. Sometimes babies have a backache or abdominal pain that doesn’t let them rest properly. And if your baby has a specific time in her routine set for crying without a stop, your baby can be colic. 

If you’ve ruled out all the above possibilities, taken the necessary steps or are finding it hard to figure out the reasons behind fussiness, and your baby still doesn’t seem to be calming down, we have come up with a few tactics to make your fussy baby relax.

Methods to Calm Down A Fussy Baby:

Swaddling:

Some babies like being tightened up, especially while sleeping or having a nap. Swaddle your baby to see if this is what she needed all along. This gives them a feeling of being secure and safe; some suggest it reminds them of a womb-like environment which is reassuring for them. Some babies prefer to have their arms left out while being wrapped, it gives them the freedom to play around or suck their thumb. So just wrap them up to their armpits leaving their arms out and let them be comfortable.

Colic Hold

In this approach, the baby is held upside down on your lap or arm in order to insert force on her abdomen so as to get rid of gas. Sometimes, babies cry so much it makes air collect into their stomach and results in gas. This method comes in handy during that time. 

Hold in a Carrier

There are days when the baby just wants to be close to you. At such times, make sure you hold them and rock them in your arms. And if you have to perform tasks, put them in a carrier and let them accompany you as you follow through with your routine activities. Moving around while being attached to you keeps them reassured and happy and you both can form a stronger bond this way.

Make sure Baby isn’t Overfed

Whenever the baby is done feeding, hold them upright and give them time to burp. Sometimes, the baby is overfed in the mother’s attempt to get that milk bottle finished. This isn’t ideal in any way. If your baby is refusing to be fed beyond a certain point, then listen to them instead of making them throw up all that they’ve had up till now.

Note down Baby’s Schedule in a Diary

Jot down pointers in a diary about when your baby feeds when they start crying after a feeding session, how long it takes and how frequently this occurs. Talk to the doctor about your baby’s feeding and sleeping schedule and figure out which seems to be the problem here.

 

Make sure she is Sleeping Properly:

Observe your baby’s schedule to figure out if she is getting proper sleep in a single day. If she doesn’t get enough sleep at night, find out whether her daytime nap schedule is causing trouble in sleeping through the night. If that’s the case, lessen her daytime naps to make-up for her night-time sleep cycle. If it still causes fussiness, discuss it with the baby’s doctor to figure out a solution.

Provide a Massage

A warm bath and back-rub or massage can go a long way to make the baby relax. Provide her with those or ask your partner and the people around you to do so in order to soothe her tense muscles and calm her down with ease.

Play

Sometimes, babies are just bored and feel lonely. So play with them, try to entertain them. Play peek-a-boo, sing, make funny faces and noises to help her calm down and laugh out.

When and Why to Get a Break from Fussy Babies:

If you have tried every single method to calm your baby, spoken to the doctor and ruled out the possibility of physical issues and your baby still continues being fussy and irritable, just let her be for a while.

It is necessary for the child’s primary caregiver to take a break from this fussiness in order to not become fussy themselves. Ask your partner to take care of her or have a loved one babysit the baby. Take some space from the constant irritable mood and get your chores and other activities done, have a good nap and eat your meals properly. After this, you can go back to your baby and see if she’s calmed down. Some times babies are just spoiled from your attention and won’t have it any other way. To tackle this, it’s important you keep yourself away from them and let them be alone for a little while so that they learn to soothe themselves in your absence. 

Don’t pick up the baby at any cost while you yourself are irritable due to her constant cries. Seek emotional support from those around you, place your baby in a safe spot, e.g. the crib and take a warm bath yourself, do some house chores and just breathe for a while. You need to be calm before you’re ready to take care of the little one. The priority is to take care of the baby, so be as patient as possible. If you need help then ask for help. If you need guidance, then ask for that too. It is important to establish a healthy and loving bond with your baby instead of yelling at her. 

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