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"My 4-month-old daughter is crying as soon as I put her in her little bed, how can I do it?" Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, a pediatrician in Paris, answers Norma's question.
The answer of Dr. Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician in Paris *
- Crying is a means of communication that allows the baby to express a need, an emotion, a feeling, a discomfort, a pain ... even if the crying is not always easy to decode for the mother.
- Be that as it may, a crying baby never makes a whim: it means something is wrong. So do not let him cry.
- Some babies have more need to be "content", hugged than others. They may show anxiety while crying, especially at bedtime, when their mother puts them in bed. Normally, this nature expresses itself very quickly, from the first days of life.
- If a baby starts crying at bedtime, when he does not usually do it, it must - as a new phenomenon - provoke a question from the parents.
- Some children cry more than others, especially at bedtime. It does not matter, it's about finding ways to reassure them. The bedtime rituals (offering a blanket or pacifier, singing a nursery rhyme, hugging ...) fulfill this objective and make the separation less difficult.
- If the crying is recent, the baby may be disturbed: his mom has just returned to work? Has he eaten enough (especially if he always finishes his bottles)? If he begins to scream in a supine position, he may be suffering from otitis (especially if he has a fever) or reflux. So before recent crying, it is important to check that everything is fine, possibly consulting his pediatrician.
* Author of My child from birth to kindergarten (Albin Michel editions)
Interview by Frédérique Odasso