Stimulation is needed by the little one to support the process of growth and development. However, that does not mean this stimulation can be done excessively. Overstimulation or overstimulation of the baby can actually make him overwhelmed and feel uncomfortable. So, what are the signs if the baby gets overstimulation? Come on, find out more below!
Causes of Overstimulation in Babies
Causes of overstimulation in babies can vary. However, here are some common causes of overstimulation in babies that are often found.
1. Environment. Some babies may feel overwhelmed when they are in places that are noisy, crowded, too bright or colorful.
2. Excessive screen exposure, such as from television, cell phones, or other electronic devices. This exposure is often too much for babies’ brains to process before they are at least 18 months old. That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding gadget use before the age of 2. If it is intended to introduce an educational program, exposure is only limited to about 1 hour a day until he is 5 years old.
3. Too much activity. This can overstimulate the baby’s senses. As a result, they may become more cranky because they feel tired.
4. Lack of rest time, either during the day or at night. Babies need adequate sleep. Lack of sleep can make them tired and eventually cranky.
5. Change of routine. Babies are dependent on certain routines. So when there is an unusual change in routine, he will find it difficult to adjust and end up cranky.
6. Too many people. Some babies are happy when they meet a lot of people. However, there are also those who feel overwhelmed when they see the many new faces and the existing crowds.
7. Temperature. Changes in temperature that are too cold or too hot can be the cause of overstimulation in babies because their bodies are forced to adjust quickly.
8. Teething. Although temporary, the teething process can cause discomfort for the baby and make him intolerant to other stimuli.
9. Certain medical conditions. For example, children with autism who have sensory systems are more sensitive, so they are more easily distracted to see, hear, touch, smell, or feel things around them. In addition, a child who is stricken with certain diseases is also more easily stimulated.
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Signs Your Baby Is Overstimulating
There are several signs that you can recognize if your baby is overstimulating, including:
– Crying, usually louder than usual.
– Pulls away or dodges every time it is touched.
– The desire to breastfeed more often.
– Clench your hands or move your feet.
– Looks scared.
– His movements seem jerky.
– Looks exhausted.
– Performs self-soothing actions, such as sucking your hand or continuing to clench your fist.
– Breaths become faster and shorter.
– Her face looks redder.
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How to Calm Your Baby When Overstimulating
Overstimulation will stimulate the baby’s body to produce more of the hormone cortisol. This hormone is also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol levels that are too high in the body can cause the baby to feel overwhelmed, even in the long term, which can affect their developmental process. Therefore, do some of the following if your baby seems overwhelmed by excessive stimulation.
1. Take baby out of situations that cause overstimulation
When you notice signs of overstimulation in your baby, immediately take him to a more calm and comfortable environment, such as a room, a dark room, or by holding him tighter. While holding him, talk to him gently or sing a song that makes him calmer.
2. Make skin-to-skin contact
If possible, make skin-to-skin contact with the baby. This process can also be done by breastfeeding the baby when he is calmer. With skin contact, the baby will feel more comfortable because he is aware of the presence of Mums by his side.
3. Give the baby space for himself for a while
Some babies may find it easier to calm down when you are carried or accompanied by your mother. However, there are also the opposite, where they refuse to be touched or even held. In this case, lay the baby in a safe and comfortable place without touching him. Let him cry until he calms down by himself. However, still make sure Mums are nearby, yes.
In some conditions, overstimulation of the baby may be unavoidable by Mums. However, there is no need to worry, by recognizing the signs, you can take the right treatment so that your little one can feel calmer and more comfortable. (BAG)
Also read: Stimulate Baby’s Hearing with These 3 Ways
Healthline. 11 Signs of an Overstimulated Baby and How to Soothe Them.
Parenting First Cry. Overstimulation in Babies – Signs, Causes, and Remedies.
Play Learn Thrive. 7 Signs your Baby is Overstimulated & Unhappy.