Woman explains EXACTLY what your baby’s cry means and whether it’s about food or they're tired

A WOMAN training to be an OBGYN shared some interesting facts on a viral TikTok which debunks the different cries babies make.

Kate, who’s studying to be an obstetrician and gynaecoloigst, shared some facts she learned in class about how to identify what certain baby cries mean.

In a lesson on infant development, Kate explains that she learned about the different sounds’ babies can make, such as “neh” and “owh”.

Now, for those of you who don’t speak baby, Kate shares a video she watched in this class where an expert translates.

The clip from the Oprah Winfrey Show, shows Priscilla Dunstan, dubbed the “baby listener”, explains that the “neh” sound means a baby is hungry.

Priscilla Dunstan founded her parenting and family clinic, the Priscilla Dunstan Research Center in Sydney, Australia, and has gained critical acclaim in the world of baby language.

After giving birth to her son in 1998, Priscilla noted in the six weeks after his birth five distinct noises.

These later went on to be known as the Dunstan Baby Language system.

After studying several hundred babies over a period of a few years, Priscilla and her father found that baby speech is much more detailed than first thought.

Priscilla gained notoriety after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show, as she explained the key sounds she identified.

Priscilla says: “When the baby has a sucking reflex so it gets hungry, they start to suck and when it starts to cry it produces a ‘neh’ sound.”

They show various babies making the same noise Priscilla describes, where you can clearly identify the “neh” sound.


She goes on to explain how the “neh” cry is vastly different from others.

Priscilla explains: “The next is ‘owh’, that’s the word for sleeping. This is based on a yawn reflex.”

The video shows other types of cries, including “heh” which can be identified as a discomfort noise.

Priscilla even explains how you can identify if your baby has gas.

She says: “Breathe into your stomach and go ‘eair’.”

And to identify when a burp is coming along, Priscilla says: “It’s a reflex to get the air out.”

The video has been watched over 4.9million times and liked over 1.2million times.

So next time your baby cries, take a minute to hear if it's a "neh" or "owh".

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