Crying is babies' way to influence the environment and get their needs attended. It is their “the tool” of communication. Surely enough it excites mothering instinct in anyone who hears it; and the mothers can barely hold themselves back.
The tone and intensity differs depending on the urgency and severity of the situation; as a little baby perceives it.
And newborns interpret their needs pretty well. Partly the reaction provoked is also dependent on individual temperamental instinct.
Over a period of time mothers and all the others involved in newborn care learn to recognize different tones and their implications. Thereby, most often than not, babies can be easily calmed once their needs are met. However, babies whose fathers undergo despair during the pregnancy are often difficult to console.
Crying in newborns is rarely associated with tremulousness. Usually it is accompanied only by increase activity of arms and legs.
Sobbing is usually not seen in newborns. It may appear sometimes after prolonged crying, which is often noticed in the babies of the mothers who are overly tense and concerned about parenting newborns and newborn health.
Besides the needs, newborns display their primary emotions like frustation, fear and anger by crying. In such situations, parents find difficult to console their disturbed baby. Their own anxiety and emotions add to the baby's distress.
These methods are easily said than practiced. Mother's anxiety and emotional commotion in the family of an irritable crying newborn is a parenting challenge
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