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Understanding a Baby’s Body Language

Having a new baby in the house is always a new experience. The child is different and has a unique way of expressing itself. A small child is unable to talk properly and havinga basic understanding of babies and their bodylanguage will assist the parents in deciphering what the child wants.
A baby is a little human so many of his gestures will be obviousto parents. A baby’s body signs often includeopening their eyes wideopen, arching their back,and flexing their fingersand toes. This signs may signify a fright of some sort, a loud sound, bright light or feeling of falling and it can also indicate pain somewhere in the body.
• A baby shows disgustby wrinkling his or her nose and pursing the lips.
• A baby arches his back to show fear. Arching is a primitive way of freeing itself from the escape.
• Clear and alert eyes signify a baby’s happy mood.
• If a baby is avoiding the eye contact, it is possible that the baby is over stimulated and requires a calming period.
• Half shut eyes or screwed eyes indicate discomfort, especially when coupled with a furrowed burrow.
• At night, during sleep if the baby’s rate of breathing varies and is fast, the baby unhappy with something and is likely to be upset.
• If the baby takes effort in breathing, then contact the doctorat the earliest.
• After few weeks of birth, loose open hands of the baby indicate relaxation while splayedfingers and fist often indicate discomfort or annoyance.
• If the extends his/herbig toe than there are chances that the child isin pain and if the whole foot is stiff and pointing towards the floor, then the child is mostly suffering from acute pain.
• Slightly curled toes indicate discomfort in the child.
• If a baby turns his head away from certainperson or a thing, then that indicates his/her dislike towards that object.
• Yawning of a child indicates overstimulation or tiredness.
• If a baby of around 6 months of age raises his/her hands, then he wants you to pick him/her.
• Light is a stimulant to both the eyes and the nerves in the nose so the baby may sneeze when he first wakes upand this necessarily does not signify cold.
• If the baby begins playing with his arms and gentle movements,then this suggest that the child is enjoying his surrounding and probably wants to join in. However, quick harshmovements depict his annoyance.
• If the baby gently kicks out the legs, he is happy and relaxed.
• If the baby draws up his legs tightly to his tummy or makes it stiff, then it may indicate that the baby is suffering from an abdominal pain.

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