The baby's first cry
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The baby's first cry

Newmarket : NH : USA | Nov 24, 2009 at 5:25 AM PST
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Crying is the first sound the baby makes when he enters this world, which is a very positive sign of a new healthy life. His
crying leads to relief on the doctor's part. Weird, isn't it to feel relieved instead of being disconcerted on 'The Cry’
Cry is all a baby can do to express any discomfort it feels. But why cry? Because we elders can speak out but the baby isn't privileged enough yet. He would take some time in being able to blurt out whatever he feels. Crying is the first sound the baby makes when he enters this world, which is a very positive sign of a new healthy life. His crying leads to relief on the doctor's part. Weird, isn't it to feel relieved instead of being disconcerted on 'The Cry'.
Let us consider two views on the crying of an immediately delivered baby. When a baby is first born it has no way of communicating. Normally, immediately after birth a baby will start screaming. Doctors say this is how they test their lungs. Crying is the best and most efficient way to quickly pump up the lungs. Some people say that it is their way of protesting for being taken from the nice, warm cocoon in their mother's belly to the cold air in the real world. In reality it is probably a combination of both.
Dr. Taqdees, a gynecologist, says “the baby cries when the first air goes into the lungs and if it doesn't, we stimulate the crying by gently patting the baby and rubbing its back. Smacking the baby is no longer the trend as was the case earlier.”
Smacking was done in order to prevent the mucus from going into the lungs but now the technique of resuscitation (the act of reviving a person and returning them to consciousness) is utilized.
Mothers say that the baby actually starts crying when the umbilical cord is severed and the bond between him and the mother is broken and when that is done, he becomes aware of leaving the shelter and coming into the dangers poised in the world. Nobody knows the truth of this statement but the baby himself.
It is also said that the cold crying reflex is the cause of the cry of the baby when he enters the world. Wet diapers produce the same result crying. The cold crying reflex at the time of birth is because the baby is born soaking wet, and on meeting the atmosphere, the skin cools; this triggers the crying phenomenon. The crying is preceded by a “gasp” activated by the cold and gives the indication that the child is going to breathe or cry.
The crying is also because of the variations in anatomy and physiology. A fetus thrives in water without lungs, and with a fish-like heart, then changes within minutes into a crying, air-breathing mammal. The switch from placental to pulmonary respiration is what makes the baby wail. In simple terms, they cry because all the time they are in the womb and are breathing fluid, during birth the respiration system closes down and breathing in air is initiated. The first air is painful and crying is the result. The possibility of lights hurting the eyes because of being in the dark for months cannot be overruled too.
The crying of the baby is a healthy and welcomed sign. It is beneficial for the baby itself and brings joy to the ones around, especially the parents. So cry baby, cry!!

hasnain malik is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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