Parenting A Fussy Infant

Nothing can be more distressing to a parent than having a fussy infant. These are babies who would suddenly cry without warning (baby colic) and at the most inconvenient times. Most of the time, the poor parents find themselves in a state of panic, not knowing what to do. This is compounded by the fact that their babies could not communicate to them what is wrong and what they need. In these cases, you need tips for parenting fussy infants.

When dealing with a fussy baby, you need to make up a checklist of the exact circumstances when your baby starts to cry and fuss. The most common reason why babies cry is because they are hungry. Babies also tend to raise a fuss when their diapers are wet or soiled.

Baby Colic – What To Do?

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As soon as you see some symptoms of baby colic, here are some things to check. Make sure that you check your baby’s body temperature, whether he is too hot or too cold. You will know if your baby is feeling hot if his or her head is moist or wet with perspiration. To check if your baby is feeling cold, press your palm to his or her chest. The skin temperature should be warm because the baby is generating more heat to combat the cold.

The reason for doing this is because your baby’s discomfort may be due to the temperature of the nursery. Adjust your thermostat so that the room temperature is in the range of 68 and 72 degrees. Premature babies are especially vulnerable to the cold, so you will need to swaddle them in more clothes or blankets.

Aside from these reasons, babies tend to be fussy when they are sick, colicky, or in pain. If you suspect your baby has a fever, check his or her temperature with a thermometer. Colicky babies tend to have bloated abdomens and will pass out smelly gas. Gently palpate your baby’s body for any areas of pain or tenderness. You should also watch out for other signs and symptoms, like colds and coughs, skin rashes, difficulty in breathing, or skin color changes (such as bluing of the skin which may be indicative of congenital heart disease).

In the absence of disease, there are ways by which you can calm down a fussy baby. One way is by taking your baby out for a walk. A change of scenery, some sun, and fresh air will help to soothe your baby. Equally relaxing is the steady rumbling of the stroller as you push it along the sidewalk. Soon enough, you will see your baby falling asleep.

Other Reason For Excessive Baby Crying

Some babies miss the snug, warm comfort of their mother’s womb. To mimic these conditions, simply wrap your baby up in a blanket or towel and rock him to sleep.

If your baby tends to cry at nighttime, a very common fussy periods, consider giving a nice, warm bath. You can bathe him in his baby tub or you can share a bonding moment in your own tub in the bathroom.

Finally, babies fuss about when they are over-stimulated by the sensations in their surroundings. It can be the lights are too bright or your TV or stereo is too loud. Set quiet times for your baby. During these periods, dim all the lights, turn off the TV or stereo, or play soft, soothing music.

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