Do you know what to do when your baby cries?
You know how frustrating it can be when you have tried everything to comfort your crying baby. No one ever thinks they will shake their baby despite how frustrated they may get, yet research shows that crying is the number one trigger that leads parents and caregivers to violently shake and injure babies. This dangerous action can cause severe brain, skull or spinal injuries that may be permanent or even fatal.The good news is that it is 100% preventable. Finding support and learning coping strategies when dealing with your crying baby will help reduce the number of needless cases that occur. Here are some suggestions for soothing your crying baby:First, make sure your baby’s basic needs are met:

  • Hungry?
  • Too hot or too cold?
  • Diaper changed?
  • Clothing too tight or snug?

If you think your baby is sick call his or her Doctor for advice.

If your baby keeps crying despite meeting all of his or her basic needs, you can try any or all of the following:

  • Hold your baby close against your chest and gently massage
  • Rock your baby, walk or dance while holding your baby
  • Offer a pacifier, or a clean pinky-finger if breast feeding
  • Lower any surrounding noise and lights
  • Offer your baby a favorite toy, shake and rattle it or play soft music
  • Sing or talk to your baby using soothing tones
  • If it’s not too hot or too cold outside, take your baby for a walk in a stroller
  • Be patient! Take a deep breath and count to ten
  • Call a friend or relative that you can trust to take over for a while, then get away, get some rest, take care of yourself

Remember it is OK to leave your baby safe in their crib and walk away for a few minutes!

 

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

You can reduce the risk of SIDS by following these steps for prevention.

Remember to lay your baby on his or her side to sleep and follow these steps to help decrease the risks of SIDS.

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night. The back sleep position is the safest. Every sleep time counts.
  • Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib matress, covered by a fitted sheet. Never place your baby to sleep on pillows, quilts, sheepskins, couches or other soft surfaces.
  • Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s crib and sleep area. Do not use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, or any bumpers in your baby’s crib or sleep area.
  • Do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby.
  • Keep your baby’s crib, bassinet or sleep area close to where you and others sleep. Your baby should NEVER sleep in a bed, on a couch or armchair with adults or other children. If you bring your baby into bed with you to breastfeed, be sure to place him or her back in your baby’s separate sleep area, such as a bassinet, crib, or cradle. NEVER sleep with your baby.
  • You may use a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down to slepp, but don’t force your baby to take it. If you are breastfeeding, it is recommended to wait until your baby is 1 month old or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.
  • Do not let your baby overheat during sleep by using excess clothing or blankets. Dress your baby in light clothing for sleep and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable.