Understanding Infant Crying: Why is this important?
Babies may cry when they are hungry, lonely, tired, or need a diaper change. While crying is a normal part of every baby’s day, it may mean that your baby is sick or in pain. If you think this is the case, it is important to contact your pediatrician.
Taking care of a baby can be exhausting and stressful at times. “Losing it” can happen to anyone, especially when a baby has been crying a lot.
Abusive Head Trauma (also known as “Shaken Baby Syndrome”) can occur when an adult loses control and may shake, slam or throw a baby. This can lead to serious injuries, but can be entirely preventable.
If crying is getting to you . . .
Place the baby in a comfortable and safe place where you can regularly check on him, such as a stationary or portable crib, and walk away. It is okay to let your baby cry while you calm down. Crying will not cause brain damage or harm to your baby in any way.
Step outside for a couple of minutes or go into another room where the crying is not so loud. Sit down and take ten deep breaths. Listen to music, read or do something physical.
Take A Break
If possible, call a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member to help you for a while.
Tips to sooth a crying baby
- Rub her back or stroke her head as you count slowly.
- Let him listen to a repeating or soothing sound.
- Change her scenery. Take a stroll outside.
- Gently rock him in your arms or walk with him against your shoulder.
- Hum or sing to her.
- Try a pacifier, or help him find his thumb to suck on.
- Put her in a car seat and take a car ride.
- Carry him in a ‘Snuggly’.