Babies and Pain

Each time a baby cries they could be in need of something different. Don’t let it alarm or frustrate you. In time you will be able to look at your baby and figure out what it is that is bothering them. For now, use this handy tip guide to help you out.

* Irritability – You know how you are when you are irritated. You don’t want to be bothered by anyone or anything. The same goes for your baby. If you find that they cannot be consoled even after a diaper change and a feeding, it could be that something else is amiss. They could be hot or swaddled too tightly. Try to free them of constraints and get the air flowing again.

* Hungry – Fainting cries could be a symptom of hunger. The stomach is empty and they are ready to eat. Long shrill cries are often witnessed in malnourished babies. Your baby is probably not malnourished, but they just might be really in need of sustenance.

* Distress – Take a look at your baby. They may be crying but their face is giving you a clue as to why. Wrinkling of the face especially around the nose, tightly closing the eyes and stretching of the mouth into a grimace can demonstrate pain or distress. The baby could be feeling pain inside and showing it when they move into a position that causes pain. Check him over to see that nothing is poking him and there is no tightness in the belly (might be a hernia or trapped gas).

* Throat pain – If the source of the pain is in the mouth, baby may cry or they may just be fussy. One sign of pain in the mouth is poor feeding. It may hurt to swallow so baby tries to do it as little as possible. Check for other signs of a cold like fever, runny nose or cough. These symptoms may accompany throat pain.

* Bodily pain – Arching the back is a sign that something is hurting baby. It could be on the outside, so turn baby over and over to see what might be bothering them. Have they just fed? Maybe they need to burp. It could also be reflux.

* Lethargy – A lethargic baby can be a cause for concern. They don’t seem to have the energy to cry. It could signal an ear infection, a fever or other condition. Look for redness around the ears, tugging on the ears or a warm or clammy skin.

What does crying mean in your child? It could be more than a need for a diaper change. Use these tips to recognize symptoms of pain.