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Coping with the crying baby - What sets off the destructive behavior of the caregiver

An infant may spend 2 to 3 hours a day crying.

20%-30% of infants exceed that amount of time.

A caregiver momentarily succumbs to the frustration of responding to a crying baby by shaking. Caregivers may be inadequately prepared for children. They may be under stress and cannot deal with the frustrations of parenting.

The caregiver personalizes the infant's crying as inadequate care-giving.

"Shaken Baby Syndrome" usually happens when a caregiver is angry and loses control.

How to sooth a crying baby

First, Meet Basic Needs

Feed the babyBurp the BabyChange the diaperMake sure clothing isn't too tightMake sure baby isn't too hot, or too coldNext, try these techniques

Take the baby for a walk outside in a stroller or for a ride in the car seatHold the baby against your chest and gently massage the babyRock, walk, or dance with the babyBe patient; take a deep breath and count to tenCall a friend or relative that you can trust to take over for a while, then get away, get some rest, take care of yourselfOffer a pacifierLower any surrounding noise and lightsOffer the baby a noisy toy; shake or rattle itHold the baby and breathe slowly and calmly; the baby may feel your calmness and become quietSing or talk to the baby using soothing tonesRecord and playback a sound, like a vacuum cleaner, or hair dryerIf All Else Fails

If you suspect the baby is ill, has a fever, swollen gums, etc.: CALL A DOCTOR!

Together We Can STOP Shaken Baby Syndrome!

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