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Babies cry when they are hungry, in pain, or when they need attention. It's their way of communicating until they can speak. All of a baby's cries may sound similar, often leaving new parents clueless and wondering why the baby is crying.

To help new parents understand their baby's cries, Priscilla Dunstan worked with many research institutes to decipher various cries of a baby using a discrete wavelet transform method. She formulated the Dunstan Baby Language (1), under which five different baby sounds were discovered, all of which have different meanings.

Read this post to understand the different types of baby crying, the reasons why, and how you can survive their crying.

Different types of baby crying

It is important for parents to understand why a baby is crying in order to calm them down effectively. Although all babies' cries appear to be similar, each cry is different and indicates a specific need in the baby. Here are eight different cries a baby makes, their nature, and the reasons for them.

Let's start with the five different baby sounds according to the Dunstan Baby Language.

1. "Neh" - I'm hungry.

If your baby's cry starts with the sound of "neh", it may mean the baby is hungry. You might notice additional signs as well, B. Suck your hands, touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue, and put your hands in your mouth.

What should I do: You can alleviate these screams by feeding the baby.

2. "Heh" - I am tired or unwell.

If your baby starts crying with a “heh” sound, the baby may either feel uncomfortable or tired. When your baby is tired, in addition to crying, rub their eyes and nose.

What should I do: Check the baby's diaper or see if the baby is itchy or cold. Check the room temperature, dim the lights, put the baby in and try to rock them to sleep.

3. "Eh" - I have to burp.

Babies need to burp after feeding to remove the excess air they may have swallowed while drinking milk. If the baby doesn't burp, the baby may get grumpy, spit out, and let out a scream that begins with an "eh" sound.

What should I do: Pick up the baby and help them burp.

4. "Eairh" - I have pelvic gas.

"Eairh" is a sound your baby may make if there is discomfort caused by gas in the lower abdomen or gas. It can also indicate indigestion. Other signs of abdominal pain could include pulling up your knees and pushing your legs out.

What should I do: The best way to alleviate this type of scream is to:

  • Apply gentle pressure and massage your child's tummy
  • Identify which foods caused the gas and avoid them
  • Help the baby burp

Once the gas is released, the discomfort will go away and your baby will stop crying.

5. "Owh" - I'm tired.

If your baby is making loud screams with an “owh” sound, it may mean the baby is sleepy. This scream will last longer and will be accompanied by a yawn. In addition, the baby would rub his eyes with his hands.

What should I do: Put the baby in his comfortable place and gently rock him to sleep.

These are some of the possible baby cries and the reasons for them, according to the Dunstan Baby Language Method. For more information on Priscilla Dunstan's methodology, see the video below.

Other reasons for having a baby cry

  1. I'm bored: When babies have to play alone for a long time or when they are bored, they emit a scream that starts as a coo and eventually leads to loud crying.

What should I do: Take your baby in your arms and play with them for a while. You will find that the crying has stopped.

  1. I have colic: If your baby is whining heavily and is restless, it may be due to colic. It occurs up to three hours a day, at least three days a week, and at least three weeks a month. These screams would be inexplicable and high pitched. In addition to crying, babies clench their fists, curl their legs, and arch their backs.

What should I do: Doctors aren't sure what causes colic. One possible theory is that this could be due to an imbalance in healthy bacteria in the intestines or to excessive stimulation of the baby's mind. Gas does not cause colic. But colicky babies often become gaseous from breathing excess air through their mouths when they cry. Avoiding foods that cause belly gas can help prevent colic.

  1. I had enough: A fussy, tearful cry with your head turned away is a sign that some external stimuli are weighing on your baby.

What should I do: Identify and remove the stimulus. Take your baby in your arms and try making soothing sounds to calm them down.

These are the most common reasons for babies to cry. You could calm your baby down if you can identify the cry and its cause.

What to do if you can't find a reason to cry

Sometimes you can't find the reason your baby is crying. Many babies cried 15 minutes to an hour a day for no apparent reason. A good cry could be the baby's way of relieving stress or relaxing.

If there aren't any worrying signs like fever, vomiting, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, and a change in sleep schedule, then don't worry if you can't find the reason your baby is crying.

To keep the baby from crying, you can try feeding him, getting comfortable or playing with him. However, if after an hour they don't stop crying or show worrying signs, it is best to take them to a pediatrician.

The art of reading your baby's screams

Understanding the baby's cries could be overwhelming for a new parent. Although the mother has a bond with the baby, reading the baby's cries can sometimes be quite a chore. Don't stress if you haven't mastered this art yet. Take the time to understand why your baby is crying at any given time and eventually you will be able to understand your baby's language.

Feeding, sleeping, and changing diapers on a daily basis can also meet your baby's basic needs, which can lead to crying most of the time. Next, we're going to find out what not to do when your baby is crying.

What shouldn't you do if your baby is crying?

No matter how bad your baby's screams are, there are certain things you should never do.

  • No panic: This applies to young mothers. It might be painful to see your precious baby cry, but don't panic. Instead, try to summarize your thoughts and focus on finding the reason for the screams.
  • Never punish: No matter how annoying it gets, never punish your baby for crying. A baby cries because that's the only way to communicate its needs.
  • Don't ignore: Never ignore your baby's crying as it is a way of communicating his or her needs. Always check the last feeding time, diaper, etc. to find out the reason for the crying. Studies suggest that ignoring your child while crying can lead to an insecure attachment that can negatively impact the baby's social and cognitive development (2).
  • Do not get angry: Don't lose your cool and get angry. Try to stay positive and take control of the situation. If you are a new mom it can take time to understand the reason your baby is crying.
  • Do not shake your baby: Shaking a baby vigorously to stop them crying can lead to serious brain injuries that can lead to shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma. This could lead to fatal long-term health problems. Therefore, never shake your baby to stop him crying (3).

Once you understand why your baby is crying, it is easy to calm them down. Even babies learn to adapt to the routine and grow out of colic and crying. Remember, as stressful as it is for the baby to cry, it is overwhelming for the parents. Read on to find out how you can survive the crying.

How do I meet the wines?

Frequent crying can lead to late night feedings and sleepless nights for the parents. However, it is important to take care of yourself while you are breastfeeding the baby. Here are some tips that can help you survive baby's crying.

  • Take a break: When you are exhausted, take a break. Invite your partner, friend, or a trusted family member to look after the baby for a while. Take the time to relax physically and mentally. Whenever possible, take time out to relieve stress or go to a spa.
  • Ask for help: Handing over a newborn can be challenging. So don't hesitate to ask for help. Don't take the cargo alone. Keep your partner equally involved in raising the baby. You can also get help and advice from colleagues or contemporaries who have had babies of their own.
  • Do not stress: If you are alone and no one is helping and the crying really gets on your nerves, put the baby in a safe place like the crib or bassinet, leave the room and take some time out. Take a deep breath and try to calm yourself down. When you are back to normal, focus on calming the baby.
  • This too will pass: The baby's crying won't last forever. Most babies fall into a routine of feeding and sleeping, and if it's colic it will be three months better. The wine phase can be tough. Remember to eat healthy and exercise regularly because only when you are healthy can you take good care of your baby.

Crying, like sleeping and eating, is part of a baby's development. Dealing with a crying baby could be stressful at first. Don't get demotivated if you can't figure out the reason for your baby's screams. Give you and your baby time to understand each other. As a baby gets older, crying becomes predictable and manageable for parents.