3 Remedies to Soothe Your Newborn's Crying
Does your new bundle of joy seem to cry a lot? Here's a small checklist you can go through to see what might be bothering her. If your baby's still crying, you can try these three remedies.
Congratulations on your newborn! The woes of labor have passed and now you've brought a new light into the world. Hopefully your new joy is quiet and very loving. But some newborns can be a handful, crying at odd hours of the night and seemingly always asking for attention. If yours unfortunately falls into this latter category, read on – here are some natural ways you can help calm your crying newborn.
Why Your Baby Is Crying
Before resorting to natural remedies and cures, it's best to first understand why your newborn is crying. WebMD gives a few insights to help you guess why your baby is crying:
Your baby is crying most likely because she's hungry if:
- It's been 3 to 4 hours since you last fed her
- If she just woke up
- If you just changed her diaper and she started crying soon afterward
Your baby is crying most likely because she's tired if:
- She's not as active or moving around as much
- She's not paying much attention to people around her or her toys
- She's rubbing her eyes or yawning a lot
Your baby is crying most likely because she's not comfortable if your newborn is squirming a lot. She's most likely trying to move away from something uncomfortable – a cramped area, a cold draft, a hot draft, and etc.. Sherry Iverson, director at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, says that a frequent source of discomfort is tight clothing – so check to make sure your baby's clothes aren't squeezing her.
If none of the above fits your baby's situation, here are a few ways to help soothe her:
Hold her. This should be instinct. WebMD says that no matter why your baby is crying, holding her will soothe her because it gives her security and comfort from whatever is distressing her.
Gripe water. If you've tried breastfeeding your baby but she hasn't stopped crying, you can try giving her a little gripe water. But be careful – choose gripe water brands that don't contain alcohol or sucrose, which is what they're traditionally made with. Non-alcohol gripe water is a bit alkaline, which helps soothe your baby's tummy. It's important to note that you shouldn't replace breast milk with gripe water – which doctors consider a problem among mothers who rely on the remedy. Always try breastfeeding your newborn first.
Probiotics. Researchers found that some babies have lower amounts of probiotic bacteria in their stomachs. They found these lowered amounts can cause excessive crying. They discovered that giving your newborn probiotics significantly lowers the frequency of her crying without any risk of side effects.
Run through this simple checklist the next time your newborn is crying. If she doesn't stop, try some of these remedies. Remember to always hold your baby when she cries.