Seeing your baby in pain is heartbreaking, knowing when this will happen is even more depressing. Want to know how to recognize if your baby is in pain? Here is a guide to help you read the signs so you can make it go away fast.
The number one sign of distress in babies, wailing can signify a lot of things. Your baby is crying maybe because he is outside of his comfort zone, especially if he is surrounded by a lot of unfamiliar faces or if he is being passed on from one person to another, hungry, has a soiled diaper or sleepy. Or maybe because he has:
· Colic or Stomach Pain – Intense crying that usually happens at the same time each day and lasts for hours, 3 times a day, 5 times in a week.
· Ear Infection – If he cries when you nurse him, he may have a throbbing ear infection caused by the sucking action he does.
· Serious Medical Condition – If your baby cries and lifts his legs up to his stomach, he may be experiencing a severe health problem.
Avoid overstimulation. Keep your baby close to you. Undress your baby and check him. Change his diaper. Play soft music to pacify him. Talk or sing a lullaby. Hearing your voice will help him feel secure and warm.
Once you see your baby clenching his eyes, elongating his mouth, wrinkling the skin from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial fold or laugh lines) or scowling, then something is making his tiny body uncomfortable.
Spot the source of pain. Most often, facial distress is caused by cuts, swelling and wounds. Overstimulation is also another cause. Giving a gentle massage helps soothe the muscles and nerves of your baby.
Hot or Cold Body Temperature
Sweating and quivering is one common sign that indicates if a baby is in pain. Often times, a change in body temperature happens because of fever, constipation, too much or too little article of clothing, overheating or shivering due to unstable room temperature.
Use a baby thermometer to check your baby’s temperature. Better yet, visit his child health provider. Add or remove a piece of clothing. See to it his nursery is properly ventilated. Close windows during night time and place him in a sleep sack for added comfort. During day time, turn on the fan or undress your baby to keep him cool and relaxed.
Loss of Appetite
Loss of appetite in babies is normal especially when they are teething but if meal times become more and more irregular over time, it may be a sign that your baby is going through chronic abdominal pain or a throat infection.
If you know the cause of your baby’s loss of appetite then you probably need not have to worry. But if you are unsure, it is best to seek professional help at once so proper diagnosis and medication will be given.
If your little one is an active and happy baby yet suddenly becomes unresponsive, restless or shows a decreased interest with his environment, this may be caused by a change of parenting style. Known as the shutdown syndrome, this happens if your baby is used to you being responsive to his needs (attachment parenting) and you suddenly become detached resulting to a decrease in parent-baby interaction.
Return to your previous parenting style. Babies thrive when nurtured. Touch your baby often to bring back the feeling of security. Swaddle him so he gets to feel close and safe in your arms once again.
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