Why should Newborns cry?
Before pregnant mothers give birth to their child, the fetus or the child within them is considered a highly dependent individual. Fetuses greatly rely on mothers for food, water, blood, oxygen and even for elimination. Their high level of dependency towards their mothers is because of the fact that fetuses residing in their mothers’ wombs have immature organs and systems of the body. The major organs in the body such as the brain, lungs, heart, kidneys and the gastrointestinal organs are just starting to function and still needs to be fully developed. Thus, fetuses are highly dependent to their mothers prior to birth.
But as the child is pushed out from the mother’s womb and is welcomed into the world, there is need for him to thrive in another environment. The newborn needs to adequately adapt to an environment where he must survive in the absence of his mother’s blood and supply of nutrients. This is the time where the newborn must start to function independently. And in order for any newborn to survive in the external world, the body organs and systems must also function in adept. Thus, the newborn must be stimulated to breathe in order for his lungs to gradually adjust and function normally. The lungs are vital organs among newborns that need to be carefully and critically evaluated. As an organ for breathing, the newborn should cry to stimulate the lungs to expand and recoil after important pathways within a newborn have normally closed. It is with the newborn’s cry that best indicates whether the lungs are in good shape and is ready to function.
For some, crying may mean being a loser or a wimp but for newborns, it is the one most important they should learn for them to survive.