Newborn Babies - How to Tell If They Are Crying

What is a newborn baby? A newborn baby is the formal or most formalized synonym for baby, the younger offspring of an adult. The word newborn can also be utilized to refer to minors of other living organisms such as fish. The word "neighbor" is often used to replace the word "baby."


The word "newborn" originates from the Latin word new, which means new, and means "now." It's most common translation is "young." In America, the earliest known use of the term "new born" is recorded in a Bible commentary where the birth of Christ is described as a newborn in verse 1.


Historically newborn babies were only known to be born from four recognized parents. These were either the mother's maiden name or her husband's name or both. Commonly, however, all infants born within two months of the menses were given the names of their natural parents, indicating that they were the offspring of two people, not just one. Also, all infants born within two months of the menses were christened with the title New Man or Godparents, reflecting the role of the mothers in the naming of these infants.


In modern times, when a child is delivered, the doctor typically checks the mother's temperature with a thermometer, measures her blood pressure with a monitor, and collects urine from the newborn's cranial cavity with a disposable cup. Within twenty-four hours, the doctor fits the newborn's umbilical cord to a Doppler instrument, removes the placenta, and seals the birth canal. Within two days, the Newborn Baby is in good health. If the delivery room has a neonatal intensive care unit or NICU, the doctors will use these facilities during the initial period of the baby's life when hospitalization is more crucial to the baby's health.


Why do newborn babies cry? The typical answer to this question is that they are crying out of discomfort. In modern hospitals, newborn babies are often placed in incubators, where they remain inactive for about five to six months, while new mothers look for their babies in the early weeks after birth. After an initial examination, it is usually discovered that these infants do not have any serious complications. However, some doctors resort to extreme measures in order to minimize the stress on the newborns; some physicians even transfer the newborn babies to the intensive care units of the hospital.


Modern medical research has established that most newborn babies do not require extensive medical interventions throughout their first two weeks of life. However, if the newborns are subjected to prolonged stress and anxiety, they might develop health problems such as irritability, sleep problems, and gastrointestinal disturbances. As a parent, you might want to learn how to tell if your baby is crying. Here are some common signs that your baby is crying:

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