LivingWhy you can't (and shouldn't) ignore a baby's cry

Why you can't (and shouldn't) ignore a baby's cry

Crying is the baby’s only form of communication. When he still cannot express himself in words, he communicates through non-verbal language. He will tell us that something pleases him with a smile and that something displeases him with crying. It is usually associated with something negative, but crying is a claim, a way of saying “I need your help.”

So we ask ourselves, why can’t a baby’s cry be (and shouldn’t) be ignored? . Just as we do not ignore someone who comes to speak to us, much less can we ignore the cry of a baby who cannot fend for himself.

A baby’s cry generates a powerful response in people’s brains. A study from the University of Oxford has shown, from a scientific point of view, why it is really impossible to ignore the cry of a baby, even in people who do not have children.

When both an adult man and woman hear a baby cry, instantaneously, much earlier than when they hear the cry of an adult or an animal, two brain regions involved with the emotional response are activated.

One is the middle temporal region, an area involved in emotional processing and speech, the other area is the orbitofrontal cortex, an area known for its role in rewarding and processing emotions.

The sound of a baby crying is something that captures attention in a way that few other sounds can. It makes us alert. That is why it is impossible to sleep on an airplane when a child is crying, for example.

A response to the survival instinct is activated in adults, since crying is the baby’s way of expressing that he is facing a dangerous situation, whether he is hungry, cold, hot or needs the protection of the arms of Mommy.

The impossibility of ignoring a baby’s cry is thus linked to a primary, unconscious reaction. Even if we wanted to, we couldn’t block that response, because our brain says that helpless baby needs to be cared for .

Calm the crying baby

Of course, a baby’s cry should not be neglected . He is telling us through crying that he needs something and not responding to that mechanism has physiological and, of course, psychological consequences, such as being ignored in his basic needs and feeling that not even his parents, his protectors, are capable of comforting him.

The first thing to do is try to recognize the reason for the baby’s crying. When we meet our baby, we already know how to distinguish when he cries from hunger, from sleep, because his tummy hurts or for whatever reason.

Still, sometimes, even though their basic needs for food, sleep, and shelter are met, the baby may continue to cry. Most of the time it is due to the need for physical contact, since the little one needs our warmth and our protection. Therefore, the first option is to take it in your arms.

There are also other ways to calm the baby’s crying, such as wrapping him around his body with a soft blanket with his arms and legs inside the lullaby, rocking him, or putting him on the breast, since even if he is not hungry with the non-nutritive sucking, the baby is feel comforted.

Photo | joffi on Pixabay and iStockphoto
In Babies and more | Combining three sensory stimuli, the most effective way to calm a crying baby, according to a study, Research shows why the crying baby should always be cared for

101 Sweetest-Sounding Hawaiian Names for Girls and Boys

When we choose a baby's name, we often look for one that has some memorable meaning or is inspired by something we like or admire, such as a book or some historical character.

Never lose sight of your baby in the hospital: newborn tests, always accompanied

What happened last night at the Basurto hospital in Bilbao leaves a huge sense of anguish in any new parent or soon to be. The impunity with which a woman posed as a nurse to kidnap a baby just one day old makes anyone's hair stand on end.

25 Halloween-Inspired Girl and Boy Names for Your Baby

Although it is not a date that particularly inspires tenderness, the truth is that there are parents who are very fond of Halloween and everything that this theme involves, so they consider choosing the name of a character related to it for their children.

Touch is a very powerful connection with your baby: this is how you can...

As mothers - especially when we are first-timers - and we want to do what is best for the baby, we simply have to go with our instincts. I say this as someone who started motherhood having read a lot about it, but to whom time has taught precisely that.

When your family doesn't like the name you've chosen for your baby (and over...

One of the most transcendental decisions that are made in the incipient role of father and mother, when the baby is still in the womb, is deciding the name of your son or daughter. Trying to imagine what it will be like, discarding all those that you don't like or that remind you of someone you don't like (because let's not deny it, it's something we all do), and reaching consensus is not an easy job.

More