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Why We React To Crying Babies And How To Respond

A cooing, gurgling baby makes everyone nearby smile. Adoring strangers are drawn to an infant’s tiny fingers, cute clothes and sweet demeanor. However, a happy baby can become distressed in an instant. The same baby can suddenly become frustrating because of its piercing cry. However, this is not the baby’s or the parent’s fault. Adults can change moods just as quickly as an infant when a baby cries because of subconscious responses. Understanding this phenomenon makes it easy for anyone to deal with a whining baby.

The Science Of Crying

While everyone willingly enjoys spending time with a friendly baby, a fussy child’s cries are like a siren song that draws people in. Katie Young recently conducted a studied that found that emotional centers in the brain are triggered when a baby cries. Whether a person knows the baby or not, instincts determine how humans process the sound.

How Parents Respond

Parents protective instincts go into overdrive when a baby cries. This is why it can be so difficult for new parents to leave a baby alone when it makes noises at night. The brain initiates something similar to the fight or flight response when a child cries, and parents are instantly ready to fight and protect their baby. Keeping babies engaged and happy is already difficult, but this can help keep everyone calm while in public. Ensure all food, toys, diapers and other supplies are packed when venturing outside. Plan out how long trips will take, and be back home before the baby becomes cranky. Dress the baby appropriately for any environment by keeping the baby’s head covered in sunlight and bundling the infant in warm clothing during winter weather.

Others Can Help

Family and friends can also entertain babies. Using warm smiles or friendly voices and showering a baby with love is pleasurable for both the baby and the person. Of course, sometimes keeping the parent happy is just as important as keeping the child happy. Those closest to the parents are a much needed support system that offers guidance and assistance. Whether helping with babysitting or indulging and buying fun gifts like infant tutu dresses or funky socks, friends and family can stop babies and parents from crying.

How Strangers Cope

Strangers are in an uncomfortable position when a baby cries. The reason babies seem annoying in enclosed places like airplanes is because the brain tunes into a baby’s shrieks and has trouble ignoring the sound. While the sound may be grating, it is not just the noise but the subconscious that is making a person anxious. Strangers who take a breath and relax will tolerate the cries better than those who glare and get frustrated.

A Happy Ending

The human brain is hardwired to answer a baby’s pleas. Choosing the correct response is the best way to handle a crying baby. Parents can be prepared, family and friends can offer support and strangers can stay calm. This helps put a smile back on everyone’s faces faster.

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5 Reasons Why Relationships Fail

People get into a relationship because of many different reasons. Some just do not want to be alone, others find a partner for sex, while others do need to feel wanted.

Maintaining a relationship can be a hard and grueling process. Sometimes this enjoyable journey of discovering each other leads to a battlefield. Today we take a peek at some of the reasons why relationships fail to progress into something deeper.

1. Infidelity

According to the website Divorce Statistics, in the US, about 22% of married men have cheated on their partners at least once, and 14% of married women have had affairs. This number keeps on getting higher still. Infidelity in relationships remains one of the leading causes of breakups and separation.

Infidelity also leads to unplanned pregnancy, and if an affair is discovered, issues about paternity may arise. This is when people demand for a paternity test to claim child support and such. This leads to a real mess and most people just want to get out of this instead of staying because the shame is too much to bear.

2. Trust Issues

People in a committed relationship would say they trust their partners. It is easier said than done. Trusting your partner entails that you respect his or her own privacy, and this is where most people have issues. Arguments about mobile phone privacy, social networking sites and emails have driven people out of relationships.

3. Compatibility Issues

They say that opposites attract and yes, sometimes they do. At first, everything will seem interesting because you are learning things that are different from what you were or what you are used to, but once the honeymoon stage is over, realizations start to come. Different views can clash and this leads to arguments or worse, one takes the silent treatment side and just does not want to talk about it.

4. Abuse

This does not necessarily mean being physically abused by your partner. A partner may abuse his or her partner by using words. This can cause an emotional trigger to end the relationship, when one can no longer tolerate how the other makes him or her feel. When abusive words are being used while in a relationship, a gateway opens up for other things to happen.

5. Fault Finding

Couple will argue—this is expected in any relationship. But when one often picks a fight because s/he always finds fault in his/her partner, it’s another thing. When partners fight, the best way to handle it is by talking it out and not by pointing fingers.

To have a successful relationship is not impossible, but it takes two people to make it work. When one does not participate, he or she is probably not ready for something steady.

Anjela Guidotti is a Marketing Consultant for from United Kingdom and also a Blogger about health that specializes in DNA Services, Paternity Test and DNA Testing.

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