FACTS ABOUT CRYING (IN OTHERWISE HEALTHY BABIES):
- A cry is your babies first verbal communication.
- Crying does not strengthen the lungs. Apparently an old wives tale – let the baby cry because its good for their lungs. *GASP*
- Crying in newborns is a reflex, meaning its automatic and not necessarily a conscious process. Its a reaction to a stimulus, either from external factors i.e temperature, noise, light etc, or internal such as hunger, tiredness, loneliness etc.
- Amazingly sonographers (the lovely people who perform ultrasounds) can even see ‘crying’ or a respiratory gasp from 20 weeks gestation.
CRYING DURING THE FIRST MONTHS ARE UNIQUE.
- Crying in the first 5 months is unique, because its a lot more intense, frequent and sometimes inconsolable. However this phase has an end – wooohooo!
- The overall amount of crying per day tends to increase week by week, peaking some time during the second month, and then decreasing to more lower levels by four or five months. This is sometimes referred to as the “normal crying curve.” Researchers see this pattern as part of normal development – in the absence of organic disease or injury. Studies show organic disease or injury accounts for only 5% of ‘colic’ babies.
WHEN BABIES CRY THEY TAKE IN AIR.
- Prolonged crying can lead to aerophagia – meaning eating air! I’ve spoken about this in our last #infoseries. When babies cry they take in air, which then causes discomfort and interferes with digestion. They showed this by taking abdominal X-rays of three week old babies during a crying episode and several minutes after. The X-ray post cry session showed marked distention, on average 360ml of air was swallowed, so fascinating.
- A cry is basically a Valsalva manoeuvre, if you are not medically trained don’t feel worried if you don’t know what that means. Basically it is forcefully breathing out with your nose and mouth closed or not allowing the breath out. A cry is similar in that it increases the pressure in the chest, cranium and abdomen. Functionally short bursts of crying may help to pass a stool or fart.
YOU CANT SPOIL A BABY
- The belief that an infant can be spoiled by having his cries answered each time is not supported by research. In fact appropriate cry management in the first 6 months of life lessens infant crying later.
- Equip yourself with an arsenal of soothing techniques for your little ones episodes. The research shows that crying reduction strategies often lose effectiveness with repetition.
- Kangaroo care is the most effective way to prevent crying. Being wrapped up, skin-to-skin with mom even helps babies deal with painful medical procedures and post-operative care.
Do not fret moms and dads. You are not expected to be instant experts on why baby is upset or what the problem is or how to deal with it. You take it one day at a time, as your baby is navigating the new world, you too are beginning your journey of parenthood.
Baby chiropractors are an important part of helping families during the first 5 months of a babies life. Chiropractors are able to assist parents to identify any factors that maybe contributing to excessive crying and pain. Several studies show that chiropractic care results in less crying time, YAY. So if you notice that your baby may be crying due to excessive winds, pain with different postures or positions, or difficulty latching then be sure to contact Dr. Chantel for an assessment or referral to a chiropractor in your area.
That is why we partnered with Rise Chiropractic to bring you these blogs. Feel free to ask any questions you have in the comments below and please share with your mommy and daddy friends.