Babies cry for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it’s easy to calm them down: All it takes is a feeding, a burp, a diaper change or your calm voice and gentle touch. But then there are other times when your baby — possibly even because he’s going through a bout of colic — may seem inconsolable no matter what you do.
But don’t lose hope. First, try to nail down the type of baby’s cries and rule out any obvious culprits (like a dirty diaper or an empty tummy) along with any symptoms of illness that warrant a call to the doctor, such as a fever or runny nose, or signs of pain, like swollen gums.
Still got a fussy baby on your hands? Try these are 10 time-tested techniques that’ll help clear the tears and make you both feel better.
- ENCOURAGE SUCKING
Babies often soothe themselves with non-nutritive sucking, which doesn’t fill their tummies but does calm their nerves. If your baby is crying, give him a pacifier, though you might want to consider waiting until breastfeeding is well established before introducing one.