Calming Your Baby
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious brain injury which occurs when a frustrated parent or caregiver shakes a baby, usually to stop the baby’s crying. It is considered a serious form of child abuse. Below are some things to do if your baby won’t stop crying.
Tips to Calm a Crying Baby:
- Softly run your finger around the baby’s face to soothe him.
- Let anger out in a safe way, listen to music, exercise or do housework.
- Call a friend or relative and talk out your frustration or see if they can take care of the baby.
- Slowly feed and burp; change the diaper.
- Check for signs of illness. If signs are present, call a doctor.
- Offer the baby a pacifier.
- Hold the baby against your chest and walk or rock the baby.
- Swaddle the baby tightly in a soft warm blanket.
- Lay baby, tummy-down, across your lap; gently rub or pat his back.
- Take the baby for a ride in a stroller or the car (in a car seat).
- If nothing else works, wrap the baby in a blanket and place the baby on his back in a safe place like a crib, close the door and go to another room. Check on the baby every 10 minutes.