Bringing a baby home for the first time can be frightening, especially for new parents. For many, the greatest concern is not knowing how to soothe a crying baby and resolve issues that may be causing an infant pain or discomfort. If your baby is suffering from a genetic disorder known as Cri du Chat syndrome, the cries of your infant may be much harder to interpret.
As the parent of a child with Cri du Chat syndrome, there is no doubt you have confusion and concerns about your child’s care and may be especially concerned about your child’s crying. In children with this genetic disorder, the crying spells can be quite long and often painful to hear. With cries that sound like the crying of a baby cat, parents are often confused and distressed by the crying. Without proper management, parents easily fall into the hospital addiction syndrome – believing their child needs hospital care with each and every unique crying sound.
By using a crying baby monitor, you can become better at parenting your infant when living with Cri du Chat syndrome. While your child’s cries should not be ignored, it is important to remember that even a child with this syndrome will need to learn to self-soothe. By using a crying baby monitor, you can monitor your child’s cries and learn to interpret the unique sound of the cries and determine what your child’s needs may be.
While, as a parent of a child with Cri du Chat syndrome, you may be inclined to respond to every unique and loud cry of your infant, these responses are not healthy for you or your child. By allowing your child to cry and self-soothe, you are teaching your baby that crying is okay and does not always need an immediate response. It is important, however, that you learn the unique cries of your child and what they may mean to their overall health.
If you are confused as to the unique crying sounds of your child, it may be prudent to find a pediatric rehab center that specializes in genetic disorders such as Cri du Chat syndrome. With the assistance of a rehab specialist, and even incorporating home therapy services, you can become more aware of your child’s needs and interpret crying more accurately. The key to your child’s overall health will lie in your control and structured response to your child’s needs while allowing some types of unique cries to occur when no response is immediately needed.
Sources: Handbook of Chromosomal Syndromes, by G. Shashidhar Pai