Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Prevalent Danger
Simple Techniques to Calm a Crying Baby
- Calm down—crying is normal and can last 15 minutes to several hours. Young infants cry an average of three hours per day. This is how an infant communicates. Place the baby in a safe place such as a playpen or crib. Call a friend or relative for support and advice.
- Check to see if the infant is hungry or needs a diaper change. Discomfort, such as too tight clothing or being too hot or cold can also cause crying.
- T.L.C.—provide tender, loving care. Soothe the infant with gentle motions and a steady, calm voice. Put your hands behind your back if you become angry, it helps to remind yourself not to touch the infant in frustration or anger. Infants will often calm down when they hear the low hum of a clothes dryer or vacuum cleaner. They’re also easily soothed by a car ride, being held by an adult while walking or rocking, or going for a ride in a stroller.
- Try again—When you have calmed down, resume trying to help the baby.
- Never yell at, hit, or shake your baby.
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