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HealthBeat4: Tips on soothing a fussy baby


Hearing your baby's first cry at birth can be a magical experience, but once the child gets home, that cry can become frustrating and overwhelming for the parents.

"Their cries always have a story behind it," said Sirena Sigears, a labor delivery nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. "They know what they're trying to say, it's just we don't understand their language. And so a lot of the times it's just a matter of doing certain steps."

Sigears said the first step to soothing a fussy baby is as easy as bending over and picking them up.

"The studies are out there that if you pick that crying newborn up, you give that newborn the reassurance," said Sigears.

Sigears said newborns have a very strong sense of smell and can tell if they're in safe arms of someone they know.

"You can't spoil a newborn. That's an old wives tale," said Sigears.

Once your baby is close to your chest, Sigears suggests gently rocking back-and-fourth.

"In the uterus, a newborn is never still," said Sigears. "The mom's constantly moving. So, when they lay in a bassinet or a crib that is absolutely still, it's an unknown position for them."

If you're baby is still fussy after steps one and two, Sigears said check if they're hungry or need to be changed. You can also try swaddling them, offering a pacifier or taking a ride in the car.

"This is a normal cycle some babies go through. It's considered a phase of crying. Six to eight months is usually when we see them kind of come out of that phase," said Sigears. "We just encourage those steps to be repeated over and over and over again. And then hopefully what will happen is that baby will cry itself tired and go to sleep. Or it will find something that soothes them."

Sigears said the key with newborns is to follow your instinct as a parent. If the cry sounds unusual or if your baby isn't acting normal, it may be time to visit the doctor.

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