Even before your child can speak, he or she will show signs of hunger or fullness. It is important to understand the signs of hunger in your baby so that you can attach him or her to your breast while he or she is still calm. This method is called responsive feeding.
Here you should beware of any hints that a bloom of joy may give you, and immediately respond to him or her. With this type of feeding, you feed your baby the right way and allow him to stop when he is full.
Responsive feeding is very important for the overall development and nutrition of the baby. All you need here is to provide, and your child will decide the rest.
Watch for signs of hunger in your child.
Toddlers have their own way of letting you know when they become more active or alert, or when they keep their eyes open. Some of the other signs are when they bring their hands to their mouths, turn their heads to their chest, clench their arms and reach for their mouth and chest more, or when you notice that they cry when there is a delay in feeding.
EVERY CRYING BABY IS NOT HUNGRY, AND EVERY HUNGRY BABY DOESN’T NEED to cry
Every time the apple of your eye wrinkles or slaps its lips, this does not mean that the child is hungry. It should be correlated with the interval between the last feedings and the baby’s urine output. Such an action in a child immediately or within an hour and a half after the last feeding with good diuresis eliminates the feeling of hunger. Here’s when to ignore it.
SIGNS FOR UNDERSTANDING THAT A CHILD IS FULL
When the belly is full, the baby is easily distracted and turns away from the breast. They even close their mouths, often open and slow down while sucking. The most common symptom is that they relax their hands, unclench their fingers, and then try to spit. So always watch out for these signs.
WHY IS MY CHILD CREYING?
It is a myth that if a baby cries, it means that he is hungry and not enough to feed him. The truth is, hunger is the last reason a baby cries.
There are several other reasons your baby might start crying. Some babies want body touch and want to be chosen by Mom and Dad. Sometimes uncomfortable clothes / dressing and wet / dirty diapers can cause crying. In winter, colds are the most common cause. It can also be baby colic.
WHAT TO DO WHEN THE BABY Cries?
One of the most common parenting questions is what to do when a baby is crying? You can get different answers, remember, everything can be fine. So when your little one is crying, don’t panic and take a deep breath.
Sometimes they need attention and love.
Screaming can be triggered by lack of sleep or noise. Just relax and try to find the real answer.
A child who otherwise feels good between crying attacks, develops well and has no local abnormalities on physical examination, does not need further examination.
A small person may simply need adequate skin-to-skin contact. Practice kangaroo care with your mother or any family member.
After that, learn how to dress your child correctly. Do not swaddle your baby too tightly and try to monitor the overheating of the ambient temperature.
Check contaminated diapers and follow skin care guidelines.
Use saline nasal drops to clear up a stuffy nose.
If you think your child has fallen from somewhere, check for injuries.
Colic is not a diagnosis. This is a clinical condition. Consult your doctor if necessary. Do not use home remedies or herbal remedies for this.
There is no medicine to stop any baby crying. Artificial feeding is not an option for every crying baby. Try to understand your baby, give warmth and touch, and when needed. Finally, take your doctor’s advice if necessary.
(This article was written by Dr. Yu. G. Suvarna. Dr. Suvarna is a Neonatal and Pediatric Consultant at Rosewalk Hospital. For more health-related stories, visit: HealthShots.com)