April 30, 2010

Baby Fussiness Tips

Posted in Category : Child Health

Fussy behavior is part of the developmental phases that a toddler goes through. Some babies show good behavior when their needs are easily met, and some demonstrate irritating, fussy behavior when they are refused something that they want. In some children, their fussiness crosses the limits and becomes intolerable. When throwing a tantrum, the child screams, yells, cries uncontrollably, and may even throw things or hit someone. Calming a fussy child could be very irritating for parents. However, research has proven that a child does not develop this kind of behavior due to poor parenting skills. It is due to combination of certain gene and specific brain activity. Nevertheless, parenting in the first year has major impact on development of child’s behavior during infancy.

Fussiness in Babies

Fussy behavior is likely to trouble these kids at a later stage in their lives. They might develop into children who disobey their parents, cheat, lie, and bully people. Fussy kids are also very moody and less predictable. They are likely to develop future behavioral problems. Fussy babies demand lot of attention and expect you to satisfy their demands. They get tired at different times each day, they refuse or take long time to eat, and they want things that you deny giving them. It is said that generally when parents try to impose certain things that are not accepted by the child, he/she gets fussy about things around. Petty things such as deciding a child’s meal timings and nap timings should be left upon the child to determine what is best. It is said that infants whose mothers gave them plenty of intellectual stimulation such as talking to them, reading for them, and taking them out for games were less likely to have serious behavioral problems.

Parents need to acquaint themselves with the right way to handle kids. Not all the demands of your child should be satisfied. Parents should know when and how to handle a situation, and how to avoid it when required. If toddlers are made to understand why certain things are denied, then things become simpler. However, if you deny your child something he/she wants without stating the reason, they are likely to develop this irritating and fussy behavior. Stimulating activities during infancy also aids in the child’s language development and communication skills. This helps them socialize more so that they are less irritable. The first step in childcare is to develop a strong bond with your child. Try different methods to calm him/her down and see the changes in his/her behavior. Gradually tears will be replaced by smiles and pains will be replaced by joy when you find your child growing up.