When a baby is very young, their parents usually have a lot of fears about their sweeties’ well-being and health. They tend to guess what their baby’s needs and what it is that might be causing them anxious. But have you ever tried to understand babies without using words? Experts point out 3 main methods that can help adults communicate with babies.
While every parent learns to understand and interpret their baby’s individual signs, we at One Million Ideas shows some common rules used to distinguish their needs.
#The way they cry
Crying is the main way a baby expresses their needs during their first 4 months. However, how can parents distinguish whether the baby is crying because of hunger, pain, or something else?
- A calling cry. The baby has been alone for a long time and they want to be picked up. They repeatedly cry for 5-6 seconds and then pause for 20 seconds as if they’re waiting for the response. If the parent doesn’t respond, then this cycle repeats several times until the crying becomes endless.
- A cry because of hunger. It can begin with a calling cry but if the parents didn’t pick up babies and fed them, the cry will repeat and become hysterical. The baby could also keep rotating their head, making smacking sounds from their mouth.
- A cry because of pain. It’s going to be monotonous, loud and continuous weeping. Hysterical bursts will occur occasionally signaling that the pain is rising. If the baby gets ill, though, their cries may also be monotonous, but silent, as they don’t have the strength to make loud noises.
- A scream due to processes of physiology. Initially, even gas, urination, or defecation can cause a child’s discomfort. This kind of crying sounds like whining and squeaking.
- A cry because of sleepiness. When the baby wants to sleep but can’t fall asleep, their cry will sound like an offended and smooth whining, yawning. The baby will also rub their eyes and ears.
- A cry because of discomfort. This crying is irritated and intermittent, frequently accompanied by fidgeting. The baby will flail and jump as well. It means it’s time to check their diaper or they might be feeling too cold or too hot in their clothes.
- Furthermore, tiny babies can cry when they want to change their environment or when they are angry or bored.
#The sounds they make
For her studies, thousands of babies of different nationalities took part. Priscilla claims that there are global main reflex signals. Babies start to make sounds after reaching 4 months old in search of interactions that more closely correspond to physical needs.
Priscilla opened her own school to teach new parents to know their babies. It’s thought that the ability to recognize these sounds in time can prevent an upcoming crying episode
The ’dictionary’ of the main sounds includes:
- ’Neh’ – “I’m hungry!” This sound is formed when the baby pushes their tongue up to the roof of their mouth and is triggered by the sucking reflex.
- ’Eh’ – “I’m gonna burp!” This sound is produced when excess air starts to leave the baby’s esophagus and the baby want to reflexively release it from their mouth.
- ’Owh’ – “I’m sleepy or tired!” The baby means this ’sound of tiredness’ by folding their lips before yawning.
- ’Heh’ – “I’m feeling uncomfortable!” Unpleasant tactile feelings make the baby move and shake hands and feet. All these movements help to create the ‘ Heh ‘ sound, particularly when the mouth of the baby is slightly opened.
- ’Eairh’ – ’I have gases and pain in my tummy!’ When a baby strains their tummy and exhales while trying to get rid of the pain, the sounds they make get distorted and become a moan.
Body language says a lot about a baby’s well-being:
- Their back arching. In response to pain and colic, babies under 2 months of age frequently make this gesture. If after eating a baby arches their back, it means they’re finished. It can be a sign of reflux if you often see your baby doing this movement while eating. This movement usually indicates tiredness and bad mood when the baby is older than 2 months.
- Rotating their head. This is a calming movement for the baby. When they fall asleep or when they are around unknown people, they might do it.
- Grabbing their ears. The action demonstrates in most instances that the baby is actually exploring their body. You should call the doctor only if this movement is followed by crying and repeats over and over.
- Clenching their fists. This is a sign of hunger. If you notice it in time, you can prevent the crying caused by them being hungry.
- Lifting their legs. This is the gesture of colic and tummy pain. The baby is trying to reflexively ease the pain.
- Jerking their arms. This sign means that the baby got frightened. A bright light, loud sound or sudden awakening can lead to the startle reflex. In this situation, the baby needs to be comforted.
Pediatricians advised talking with your baby as often as possible, showing and explaining them everything in their environment, even if it seems that they can’t understand anything yet. It still help them to start to communicate with loved ones using specific sounds and gestures, and it also helps them grow better.
We hope you find it easy to understand your sweeties! Is there something you would like to add to this list? What is your baby’s sign? Tell us!