While SnugLit can help make jaundice treatment less stressful, having a newborn can still be pretty exhausting! Here at TheraB Medical, we want to help ease your stress in any way we can so that you can get back to focusing on the joy that a new baby brings. Here are some suggestions for when it seems like no matter what you do, you just can’t calm your newborn.
Swaddling your baby can help them feel more secure. Not only can it help soothe a crying baby but also lead to longer and sounder sleep.
Entertain Your Baby
Providing enough stimuli can sometimes actually distract your baby from crying. This could mean showing them an interesting toy, song, or tv show. Sometimes you can actually even show your baby a recording of them crying or mock them to capture their attention!
Babies can feel much calmer when they hear sounds that remind them of being in the womb. These include the sounds of a fan, noise machine, lullabies, or even sounds from an app on your phone.
Add Some Movement
When babies are in the womb, they are constantly feeling the motion that goes along with it. You can help relax them with this familiar movement in a number of different ways. These could include rocking them in a chair, using a glider or swing, or even going for a car ride.
Use a Pacifier
Using a pacifier is a great way to soothe a fussy baby. It can also provide a distraction from crying long enough for your baby to calm down.
Check Their Clothes
Sometimes the problem can be as simple as having uncomfortable clothes on. They might have a diaper or article of clothing on that’s too tight. Their clothes might also be too hot or a part of them might be too exposed, making them cold.
Give a Massage
Just like adults, babies can feel much calmer after having a gentle massage. Softly stroking the sides of their face or down their nose can also help calm them and may even make them fall asleep.
Try the “Football Hold”
Some babies are especially prone to getting gas. The “Football Hold” is one position that can help alleviate the pain they may be feeling from being gassy. This entails holding them with their stomach facing downwards, directly on top of your forearm, and their head near your elbow. This helps add pressure to their stomach, so they don’t feel as much pain from having gas. Be sure you’re using your other arm to hold them securely and comfortably.
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are created for informational purposes only and are not a substitute for the advice of a medical professional. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider if you have any medical concerns.
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