Babies who cry at night are one of the common symptoms in babies, causing many parents to worry. This can be a sign of normal physiology, however, if this symptom persists, mothers should not be subjective because it will affect the child’s health and development.
1. When is nighttime crying normal for children?
The case of a child crying at night is a normal physiological manifestation and is known as gastrointestinal crying or lethargic crying. Every night, children often have symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, irritability, sleep or startling often during sleep and then screaming.
Numerous studies have shown that colic to appear in infants up to 3 months of age has not yet identified the exact cause or specific treatment. After the baby reaches 3 months of age, he or she will stop crying on its own without any treatment.
Most babies will cry in the evening at a certain time. No one can define this specific, irritable baby. Babies cry constantly and squeal like screams, seemingly unable to stop the crying until they stop on their own. Usually each crying will last within 3 hours. Currently, about 30% of babies between the ages of 1 week and 3 months of age suffer from upset stomach. Although popular, this is still a mystery to the medical industry because it is impossible to explain why babies cry at night.
If babies cry at night or cry constantly and persistently, they will not only have negative effects on the child’s body, but also affect the parents’ psychology because they often stay up at night and worry. for your child’s condition every night.
2. When is baby crying unusual at night?
Not always crying every night is a normal phenomenon. Parents with young children often cry at night need special attention and must check the child’s condition because the baby may be crying due to the abnormalities and discomfort of some diseases.
Babies cry because of physical and environmental changes
Children in the mother’s womb period may fussy, difficult to sleep, cry at night due to unexpected changes between the environment in the womb and the outside environment. The difference between the two environments causes a child’s immature body to not adapt in time, resulting in discomfort.
Children under 2 years old can hardly tell the discomfort of their body or needs due to not being able to perceive everything around. In many cases, a fussy baby can be caused by feeling too hot or too cold, a baby being hungry, having a full stomach, pain or a wet diaper, …
Newborn babies are often pampered and pampered by a person, a day they have to often exercise or interact with many different people, making the body tired. This can also cause babies to cry at night, so parents need to pay attention and avoid too much contact or play during the day.
Babies cry because of mental factors
The nervous system in babies is extremely sensitive, especially in the newborn period. Common effects during the day can also affect a child’s sleep. Sometimes children startled at night cannot see anything in the dark that causes fear. Or maybe children wake up due to nightmares or sadness lingering from the day, due to too excited play. At that time, parents need to stay by their side and comfort them so that the child feels safe and secure to return to sleep.
Babies cry due to some medical conditions
Children cannot be aware of the diseases of the body so abnormal or unpleasant, the first symptom to recognize is the fussy baby. Some digestive tract diseases such as bloating, indigestion, abdominal cramps, … will make the baby cry more. Accompanied by crying is the baby is restless, uncomfortable or crying louder when touching the abdomen, the baby shrinks.
The child’s digestive system is not yet fully developed, the main source of nutrition is breast milk. Therefore, the mother’s diet will directly affect the child’s digestive process. Many foods such as eggs, milk, wheat, whole grains … can cause a child to have colic, diarrhea or constipation. If the baby is finished breastfeeding with symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, refusing to breastfeed, the mother should pay attention to change the diet or change the milk for children who are drinking formula.
In addition, teething, mouth ulcers, allergic skin, … can also lead to night crying. Baby skin easily reacts to external contact, so mothers need to regularly check if the baby is crying due to skin problems, especially after the baby comes into contact with strangers or mothers. after steaming or when changing a new diaper.
3. What should parents do when babies cry at night?
No parent does not feel pity and heartache when a child cries at night, so many people look for folk methods to limit children’s crying. For folk methods, parents must pay special attention because it can affect the child’s health. Currently, there are no official measures to overcome children’s night crying.
Here are some expert advice at MEDLATEC General Hospital to help parents limit the expression of babies who cry at night:
First, parents need to calm down and quickly find out why the baby is crying. In case the baby cries due to the body’s abnormalities such as fever, hunger, fullness, cold, hot, dreamy sleep, nightmares, … just find a way to overcome it so that the child feels comfortable and will stop crying.
Every time the baby cries, the mother should hold the baby against the chest so that the baby can smell the mother’s body odor, creating a sense of security for the baby.
Do not overfeed or suck too much at night, especially before bed.
Keep the child’s body dry, change diapers often after urinating or defecating.
Beds and bed sheets must be clean, avoid using detergents and softeners that irritate your child’s skin.
Practice a scientific lifestyle and punctuality in eating, defecating, playing, and sleeping.
Children should not sleep too much during the day, making it difficult for them to sleep at night.
Avoid activities that are too playful or say loudly or loudly that startle your child.
Babies who cry at night are not really easy for parents, especially those for the first time.