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  • Writer's pictureSonia Ozurumba, MD FAAP

My Baby Keeps Crying: How to Soothe a Crying Baby

Updated: Jun 4

Welcoming a new baby into your life is a joyous occasion, but it can also come with its challenges. One common struggle that many parents face is dealing with a crying baby, especially when it seems like nothing you do can comfort them. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and wondering "I can't get my baby to stop crying," you are not alone. In this guide, we will explore some strategies to help you soothe your little one and bring peace back to your home.


Understanding Colic: A Parent's Dilemma


Colic: I can't get my baby to stop crying! This statement resonates with so many parents who are navigating the challenging world of colic. Colic is a term used to describe excessive, unexplained crying in an otherwise healthy baby. When your baby is experiencing colic, it can be frustrating and exhausting for both you and your little one. Remember, colic is temporary, and there are ways to manage it with patience and care.


Tips for Soothing Your Crying Baby


  • Comforting Contact: Babies love to feel close to their caregivers. Try swaddling your baby snugly or holding them close to you to provide comfort and security.

  • Gentle Motion: Rocking or gentle bouncing can help calm a fussy baby. The rhythmic motion can mimic the sensations they felt in the womb.

  • White Noise: Providing "white noise" (eg, vacuum cleaner, clothes drier, dishwasher, commercial white noise generator, etc). Commercial white noise generators (sometimes called infant sleep machines) can produce sound pressure levels greater than the recommended noise threshold for infants. To minimize potential adverse effects on hearing or auditory development, white noise generators should be placed as far away from the infant as possible, played at a low volume, and used only for short periods of time.

  • Use a Pacifier

  • Taking your baby for a ride in the car or a walk in the stroller/buggy.

  • Playing an audiotape of heartbeats.

  • Rubbing your baby's abdomen.

  • Check for Discomfort: Ensure your baby is not hungry, tired, or in need of a diaper change. Addressing their basic needs can often alleviate crying.

  • Warm Bath: A warm bath can be soothing for both you and your baby. The water's warmth and gentle touch can help relax your little one.

  • Take a Break: It's okay to feel overwhelmed. If you need a moment to regroup, it's essential to take a break. Ask for help from a partner, family member, or friend.


Remember, every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Be patient with yourself and your baby as you navigate this challenging time.


Conclusion


Navigating a crying baby can be one of the most challenging aspects of early parenthood. By understanding your baby's needs and trying different soothing techniques, you can find what works best for your little one. Remember, you are doing a great job, and it's okay to seek support when you need it.


At The New Pediatrics, we understand the challenges that come with caring for a newborn. Our team of pediatric experts is here to support you every step of the way.


Schedule a visit here with us at The New Pediatrics to learn more.



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