Why Do Babies Moan & Groan?

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It is a well known fact that babies cry -- some more than others. Some parents can quickly distinguish between different types of cries and moans, for example a baby may moan in a different way when he is hungry than when he is tired. Try not to get stressed about your baby's grumbles, as there is bound to be a simple explanation.

Colic

  • Professional opinion is divided on whether colic is a legitimate medical condition. Some doctors do not believe in colic while others state that up to 25 percent of babies experience it at some stage. Symptoms of colic include moaning, groaning, crying, hiccuping, a red face and clenched fists. It is believed that they are caused by trapped gas in the baby's intestinal tract, possibly due to stress, allergy or simply the baby's rapidly developing digestive system. Different babies respond to different colic treatments, which include swaddling, a warm bath, a gentle tummy massage and changing your baby's position when feeding. If you feel concerned about your baby's health and wellbeing at any time, consult a health professional.

Hunger

  • A newborn baby can be expected to feed between eight and 12 times per day, with breast-fed babies often seeming to feed more often than bottle-fed babies, because breast milk is digested quicker than formula. Newborn babies who are fed on demand can feed every couple of hours in the first few weeks, gradually going longer between feeds as they get older. Moaning, groaning and crying are the only ways a baby can let her mother know she is hungry. A grumbling baby who is due a feed, whether breast milk or formula, is likely to become much happier when her belly is full.

Tiredness

  • Sometimes babies moan and groan when they are overtired. Some babies can sleep in all environments, while others need peace and quiet before they can nod off. To create the right sleeping environment, the amount of light in the room must be taken into consideration. If your baby is a light sleeper, fit blackout blinds to keep his nursery dark at all times. If your baby needs a nighttime feed or diaper change, keep light to a minimum to avoid over stimulation. Keep an eye on the temperature of your baby's sleeping environment. According to Michelle Winter, Sleep Coach from SleepWell Sleep Solutions, the room should be at a temperature of 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. It's better to be on the cool side than too warm; the higher the temperature, the harder the body has to work to cool down, which can disturb sleep.

Boredom

  • Parents are often so focused on feeding, changing and bathing newborns in the correct way that they forget how important sensory stimulation is. Even tiny babies need to be stimulated, for the benefit of their long-term development. A baby who is moaning and groaning may simply want to be played with. Singing, reading, gently rocking and exploring different textures and fabrics are great ways to stimulate and entertain a baby.

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