Dunstan baby cry interpretation method
Neh (“I’m hungry”) Listen for the “n” sound before your baby’s whimper. (He is trying to suck, so the shape of his mouth dictates the noise. ) An infant uses the sound reflex “Neh” to communicate its hunger. The sound is produced when the sucking reflex is triggered, and the tongue is pushed up on the roof of the mouth.
Owh (“I’m sleepy.”) To communicate that they are tired your baby’s mouth will likely form an oval.The sound is produced much like an audible yawn, It can be a short “owh” or a drawn out “owwwh”. An infant uses the sound reflex “Owh”
Eairh (“I have gas”) This word comes from your baby’s belly. Think of the noise you want to make when your stomach hurts; like a groan. To communicate they have flatulence or an upset stomach. The sound is produced when trapped air from a belch is unable to release and travels to the stomach where the muscles of the intestines tighten to force the air bubble out. Often, this sound will indicate that a bowel movement is in progress, and the infant will bend its knees, bringing the legs toward the torso. This leg movement assists in the ongoing process.
Eh: (“I need to be burped”) Don’t be surprised if your baby repeats this one Eh, Eh, Eh. The sound is produced when a large bubble of trapped air is caught in the chest, and the reflex is trying to release this out of the mouth.
Heh Similar to “neh”, but with a distinct “h” sound at the beginning of the cry. Heh-heh. (“I’m uncomfortable” to communicate stress, discomfort, or perhaps that it needs a fresh diaper. ) The sound is produced by a response to a skin reflex, such as feeling sweat or itchiness in the bum.
Baby body language:
Crying is not the only way a newborn can communicate their needs. Your baby’s body language can help you decipher if your newborn is hungry, full, wanting to play or sleepy. Leg and hand gestures, as well as facial expressions, convey feelings. While it’s not the same for every newborn, the majority of them will exhibit these signs.
HUNGER CUES conveying their hunger
- when a newborn is hungry, their hands will be in a tight, fist-like gesture,
- suddenly stirring from sleep and begin gurgling
- ‘Opening their mouth and turning their head from side to side “seeking” the breast
- suddenly increase their physical activity and begin kicking out, or put their hand into their mouth
- Immediately after a baby finishes feeding they will be content enough to engage in play with their eyes wide and bright.
- a lot of eye contact and smooth non-jerky movements
- they will likely reach their arms towards an authority figure at the same time.
- become disengaged in activities and lose eye contact while engaging in play, if they need a nap.
- Frowning, become stiff and arching their back
- The baby will stop sucking as soon as they are full listen to them sucking on the breast or bottle, to know if they are actually taking in nutrients.
- their hands will slowly start to loosen, resulting in a relaxed palm. This means they are full and relaxed.’