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Baby signals: this is how you understand what your little one needs


When a baby is hungry, the first thing they do is get restless and whine. Later it starts screaming. "Parents should then consider other things before they conclude that their child is hungry," says Wollwerth de Chuquisengo. "For example, when the child was last fed." Initially, infants need food every one and a half to four hours. It also helps to look at the little one's face and body: if they are hungry, their body is more tense. If you put a finger to its lips, it immediately begins to suck hard and greedily. If you stroke his cheek right next to the mouth, it moves its head searchingly and opens its mouth.


When the baby is tired, it turns away. To do this, it may rub its eyes or ears. It may also try sucking on its fingers to calm itself down. It gets whimpering and takes a while to start crying. His body is limp, his eyes half-closed. If you put a finger in its mouth, it sucks gently and comfortingly. "At first, babies get tired again after one and a half to two hours of wakefulness," says Wollwerth de Chuquisengo. "If the parents keep the little one awake longer, it can be overwhelming."


If everything is too much for the little one, they whine at first and turn their head - for example when playing. It no longer wants to be busy, but needs rest. If it doesn't get it, it can start screaming violently and shrilly. Often overexcited babies push their way into the hollow back, the body is very tense. "In this case, the babies need the parents' support to calm down," says Wollwerth de Chuquisengo. It is best for the mother or father to take the child in their arms and shield them from the outside world.


If the baby is in pain, it suddenly cries and shrieks. His body is very tense. If the source of the pain can be identified, parents can eliminate it. If it is unclear why the child is crying violently, parents often suspect that it has a stomachache. "But that is by far not always the case," says Wollwerth de Chuquisengo. "Because crying hard can also mean that the baby is overstimulated." If the tummy is actually bloated, gentle massages or puffing agents can help. "Laypeople can hardly feel whether there is air in the stomach or whether the child's body is just tense," says Wollwerth de Chuquisengo. She therefore advises: If the baby cries a lot for a long time without the parents knowing why, they should get help from the doctor.

Full diaper

If the baby is crying, a full diaper can also be a cause. Parents can then use the elimination procedure, for example, to guess whether they need a diaper: if the little one can neither be hungry nor tired, the problem could be in the diaper. The next thing to do: take a look. Parents should do this regularly anyway, because not every baby finds a full diaper a nuisance. "There are children who don't mind," says Wollwerth de Chuquisengo. "Others, on the other hand, are very sensitive."

Too hot or too cold

Even if the little one is too hot or too cold, it screams. The best way for parents to check his temperature is to put a hand on his neck: if the skin feels warm and sweaty there, the baby is too hot, if it feels excessively cool, is too cold for him. "It is best for parents to check again and again to see whether their little one is sweating or freezing," advises Wollwerth de Chuquisengo. Caution: Touching the baby's hands and feet is not enough to control their body temperature. They are usually rather cold.


Does the baby want attention, it whines. As soon as they turn to him, they notice whether the parents were correct in their assumption: Then the little one calms down quickly, concentrates on his counterpart and seeks eye contact. In this way, it signals that it is receptive and wants to be employed. Now is the best time for mother and father to play with their child.