"Is my baby still hungry?", "Is he full?", "Have I fed him enough?" Maybe these kinds of questions often come to your mind. Your baby can't say hungry and immediately asks you to eat. However, your child has his own way to show hunger and fullness, by showing his movements or behavior. Here are some signs of hungry babies that you need to know.
Sign of a hungry baby
Most mothers think that crying is a sign of a hungry baby. This is not entirely wrong, crying is a sign of a hungry baby, but that is a sign that the baby is very hungry (meaning you have been letting the baby not eat for too long).
Signs of hungry babies are divided into three stages. Knowing these signs can make it easier for you to feed your child, before he cries loudly. Following are the stages of a sign of a hungry baby.
Early stage hungry baby sign
- Lick or taste his lips
- Sucking his fist
- Sucking hands, lips, clothes, toys, and fingers
- Open and close your mouth
- Tongue sticking
- Turning your head to the right and left as if looking for something, this movement is called rooting reflex
Signs of active infant hungry stage
- Tugging at your clothes, like wanting to breastfeed
- Turn your head towards your chest or breast
- Increase leg and arm movements
- Breathe quickly or fuss
- Stretching your body like anxious
- Wake up from sleep and go back to sleep in a fast time
- Looks uncomfortable
- Whining or grumbling
- Pressing the chest or arms continuously
- Quick eye movement during sleep
- Hungry babies can continue to show interest in sucking even after completing the first bottle or first breast. This shows that your child wants to add.
- Babies over 4 months old may even smile while breastfeeding, showing their interest in continuing.
Signs of a hungry baby late (very hungry)
- Turns his head in panic from side to side.
- Crying is the last sign. The cries of hungry babies generally sound short, low-pitched, and tighten and subside.
- Face and skin reddened.
How do you ensure that the baby is full?
If you are full and satisfied, the baby will send a sign that he is finished. Signs that the baby is full includes:
- Closing lips
- Turn your head away from food sources
- Stop or slow down suction (if the baby is breastfeeding)
- Fall asleep
- Looks calm and relaxed
- Removing nipples, spoons or food
Around 4 months of age, most babies will be more easily distracted while eating. Well, usually hungry children will delay their curiosity until they feel full. When he begins to divert attention from food and look here and there, it is a sign that the baby is feeling full.
You should find out the signs of a hungry baby and make sure your child is eating full and sufficient, before he starts crying and whining. If the sign of a hungry baby is ignored, chances are that the baby will be confused about hunger and feeling full. When he grows up he will have difficulty interpreting signs of hunger and satiety.
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