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5 Tips for Soothing a Crying Newborn

While your child’s laughter is like the best medicine in the world, their crying can really bring you down. Not only do you not want your child to feel distressed, but a newborn’s cries can also be piercingly loud and fill you with anxiety and panic.

According to Mayo Clinic experts, on any given day, a newborn can cry for two hours — or more. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever experienced a newborn crying, you know that just five minutes can feel like five hours. 

Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your child feel better. The childcare experts at Liberty Pediatrics put together this list of five easy things you can do to soothe your crying newborn.

Swaddle your baby

Swaddling your baby entails wrapping them tightly in a thin blanket. Your pediatrician can show you the proper and simple way to do this. Swaddling produces a secure feeling that simulates the feeling your baby had in the womb. It can help them feel comfortable and secure. This comfortable feeling, in turn, calms them down and helps them eventually fall asleep. 

Offer something to suck on

Repetitive sucking can help your child soothe. Different children prefer different things to suck on. It could be a pacifier, also commonly known as a binky, a blanket, a stuffed animal, or even your child’s thumb or other fingers. Whatever it is that works for your child, keep it handy.

Use soothing sounds

Shushing, white noise, or gentle singing can soothe most babies. Experts say that regular shushing sounds or other noises such as hair blowers, a dishwasher, or sounds of the ocean may remind your child of the womb. Additionally, these gentle noises can block out other noises that your baby may find disturbing or frightening.

Feed or change your newborn

Often, a baby is crying to communicate something they need. Maybe they have a soiled diaper or are hungry. Other things your baby may be trying to tell you are that they’re lonely, bored, cold, or hot. If you can figure out what your baby is trying to communicate, then address it. Whether it’s changing their diaper or feeding them, you’ll most likely fix the problem and stop the crying.

Move, rock, or bounce

Sometimes, your baby just needs to feel movement in order to feel better. This can be as simple as just walking them around the room, holding them and bouncing them, or putting them in a stroller and going for a walk. Going for a walk gives the bonus of fresh air, which can make both baby and mom feel better. 

For more information on newborn care, including personalized tips on how to get your baby to stop crying, call for an appointment with Dr. Gina Labovitz at Liberty Pediatrics located in the Liberty Park neighborhood of Vestavia, Alabama. You can also make an appointment online through this website.

 

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