The First Social Action of Life is the Newborn's First Cries-2

When the Baby Feels Strong Discomfort, S/he Will Cry a Loud, Strong Cry....

There have always been pediatricians who have been interested in the baby's voice and cry. There are even some who are so deep into the research, measuring spectrum of the baby's cry with spectrography, and analyzing the baby's cry for biological and scientific explanations. There are many ways to discriminate the baby's cries, and there certainly are many types of cries. There is the first cry, the happy cry, or a discomfort cry, all of which reflect the wide range of the newborn's emotions.

According to research, when the baby feels strong discomfort, the cry is also loud and strong, with short, strained breaths. When they want to let us know about a less intense discomfort, they let us know with a softer cry and more relaxed breathing.

The baby will let us know with their different cries, whether they are hungry, they need their diapers changed or whatever their needs. If you listen carefully, it is possible to differentiate their various cries. We will especially be able to identify the cry depicting strong discomfort, as they are cries of large volume and intensity, with waves of rageful crying.

The Baby Communicates through his/her Cries.

With experience, comes the agility to be able to identify the various cries of one's baby and to understand all the information contained in that one cry.

If the baby is crying to be breast fed, whether the mother is able to identify the cry immediately, the mother's body knows, as her breasts begin to fill with breast milk and prepares to feed her baby. In thermography (measuring the degree of the skin temprature) testing, there is also solid evidence that the breasts begin to respond to the cries of one's baby.

The mother will act upon the many cries of the baby. She will pick up the baby, hug the baby, give her baby her nipple, speak softly to her baby, caress the baby, kiss her baby and so on and so forth. These are all natural reactions to hearing her baby's cries. The baby will then be able to feel these emotions through his/her skin, listen, see and smell the mother's wonderful smells, finding comfort in all the mother has to offer.

We can call the baby's cries, something that has evolved through time, as a very primal and effective way of communicating biological needs to the mother. There are so many messages and emotions that can be exchanged through the initiation of the baby's cries. Through these precious cries, the bond between mother and baby will also strengthen, and the bond will continue to strengthen with each cry.

Kobayashi, Noboru (1981). "Jinsei de Hajimete no Shakai Kodo wa Ubugoe - 2"(written in Japanese). Tokyo: Child Research Net. Retrieved March 4, 2003,
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