Until a child is at an age where they can speak, communication is the most frustrating things parents experience. However, while trying to understand your child`s message can be difficult, it is possible. All you have to do is to learn the signs babies give, aside from crying and laughter. Here are some signs that will help you to understand what message your body`s behavior is trying to convey:
Ways They Move
- Leg lifting: This motion points to colic and tummy pain and it helps babies to ease the pain.
- Arm Jerking: Jerking their arms shows that they got frightened by bright lights, sudden awakening, or loud noises.
- Ear Grabbing: This motion typically means that your child is simply exploring their baby features.
- Fist Clenching: When babies are hungry, they tend to clench their fists.
- Back Arching: This movement is usually made when babies are dealing with colic or pain. If made after eating, it means they are full.
- Head Rotation: Head rotation is a calming movement for most babies.
Sounds They Make
- ‘Neh’: This sound is triggered by the sucking reflex and it means that the baby is hungry.
- ‘Owh’: Babies tend to fold their lips prior yawning and produce this sound to indicate when they are sleepy.
- ‘Eh’: This sound is released as a result of excess air leaving the esophagus when the baby is going to burp.
- ‘Eairh’: This sound is made as the baby is trying to exhale and relieve the irritation caused from gas and bloating.
- ‘Heh’: When the baby experiences displeasing sensation, they will make this sound to indicate they are feeling uncomfortable.
The Way They Cry
- Environmental Cry: This type of cry is the most difficult of all and it can point to different things, such as boredom or discomfort.
- Discomfort Cry: Discomfort cry means that your baby needs a diaper change or is irritated because they feel too cold or too hot.
- Physiological Cry: It is due to physical discomfort from urination, defecation, gas, or bloating.
- Sleepy Cry: When irritated and want to sleep but cannot fall sleep, babies will cry and rub their ears.
- Pain Cry: This type of cry is louder than other cries and it becomes more hysterical as the pain increases.
- Hunger Cry: If your bay rotates their head while making smacking sounds, it can point to a hunger cry. If not fed, the cry can become hysteria.
- Calling Cry: If you notice your baby crying between five to six time, stopping, and then waiting for a couple of seconds to repeat the crying process, it means they are waiting to have you pick them up.