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AD. When my daughter was born I felt like I was pretty prepared. Crying, feeding, changing nappies, dressing a tiny person, it all comes with the territory right? I had read every book I could get my hands on beforehand but nothing really prepares you for something quite like diving in and getting on with it. For me, I felt that it took me a couple of months to get to grips with understanding my babies cry. My daughter was a poorly baby so she cried a LOT. Being able to understand her cry made a huge difference in our lives and my happiness as a new Mum.
When Daisy was a few weeks old I would find myself confused about why she might be crying. Google was my friend. A recent survey has found that like me other parents are frequently googling after their child is born. Phrases such as “Why is my baby crying?” and “parenting tips” receive more than 8,000 hits per month. (Source)
For me, I found that over time I learned what my baby needed. Nobody knew my baby as well as me and that has continued for us. I feel really confident in understanding my babies cry now and this helps us every day. It definitely takes time getting to grips with your baby and what they want or need from you.
Understanding my babies cry
Babies have a variety of different sounds to their cry, even when they are newborn. These are the types of cries to look out for:
The hunger cry – short and low pitched. Often this will rise and fall.
The anger cry – turbulent.
The pained cry – usually a long high-pitched scream that comes on suddenly and is followed by a pause then a flat wail.
Paying attention to your babies cry will help you learn what they need in time. Your baby may be feeling overwhelmed and may simply want to be left alone for a brief period of time. The type of cry they give off will typically be similar to a hungry cry.
What you can use to help your baby
There is often a solution when it comes to helping a baby that is crying, however, one of the worst cries I’ve ever heard from my own baby is that of colic. It is an ear-piercing cry that can continue for hours. With a newborn baby able to cry for a total of 1-4 hours per day (Source) it can be draining if your baby has colic.
Colic describes the frequent and excessive crying that a baby can produce when they appear to be otherwise healthy. Colic typically begins in the first few weeks of a babies life and tends to stop by 4-6 months. In most cases, the crying is most intense in the late afternoon and your baby may clench their fists and draw their knees up or arch their back.*
My own daughter was diagnosed with this when she was just a few weeks old. It was reassuring to know that she was considered to be healthy, but that there was a name for the crying and potentially something to help her.
If you have a baby with colic then consider trying Nelsons Colica® Colic Granules. They are a homeopathic medicinal product that is used within the homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of colic in babies over one month of age. Nelsons Colica Colic Granules contains a unique formulation of 30c potencies of natural Citrullus colocynthis and Dioscorea villosa. Always read the label.
Nelsons Colica Colic Granules costs £5.80 and are available from Boots and Superdrug. For more information visit Nelsons website.
*If you are concerned about any symptoms that your baby may have in particular if they have a fever please consult your doctor.