Calming Tears

All babies have times when their fussiness goes beyond just being hungry or tired or bored. Sometimes they won’t settle down, no matter what we try. At times like that, our nerves get frazzled and we tend to stress out because we don’t know what is wrong or how to help our baby calm down.There are many things that can happen to upset a baby that we won’t be aware of, simply because they can’t tell us what is wrong. Whether it is teething, stomach ache, colic, abdominal pain, or general discomfort like clothes that are too tight.

The first thing to try is to see if there is any outside physical reason your baby is crying. Check her diaper and change if needed. Make sure her clothes are comfortable, not too tight anywhere or hot or itchy. Make sure she has not gotten hurt anywhere.

Next, see if she is hungry. A growing baby will at times deviate from their daily schedule and want to nurse more frequently. Is she due for a nap? When did she sleep last and for how long? Is she just plain bored and in need of a change of scenery or toys? You could try a walk in the yard and see if that helps.

If none of this makes her stop crying, then the problem could be internal. But before you freak out and run to the doctor, I would suggest you try giving her gripe water. Before I had kids, I had never even heard of it. Gripe water is a liquid concoction made of herbs that is soothing for the stomach and body. Here in India it is well known. Every mother swares by it.

When Logan was a newborn and screamed a lot, someone recommended I try it. I was hesitant at first since I was not familiar with it, but what amazed me was how fast it worked. Literally within seconds of him taking it, he would calm down. I have used it with both Lila and Scarlett and I am continually amazed by its rapid effectiveness.

There does seem to be some debate about gripe water, mostly between people in coutries where it is commonly used and those where it is not. In some countries paediatricians don’t even recommend it. I don’t know why as it is effective. My husband says his mother gave it to him daily until he was 5 or so. I only use it when needed. Scarlett was teething recently and it worked wonders when she wouldn’t stop crying. I would suggest having a bottle on hand along with a medicine dropper, and give it when you feel it is needed. It worked for me. It may work for you too.

Here are a few links with reference to it:

Wikipedia

Babyslumber.com

Beneficial or not?

Do you use gripe water? How has it worked for you?

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