BABY - TIPS FOR COPING / TIPS FOR MANAGING
COPING WITH A CRYING BABY
A screaming baby can
be extremely stressful for parents, especially
when the baby cannot be comforted. Most physical
abuse of children, including Shaken Baby
Syndrome, occurs when a parent loses control,
and then hits, shakes, and injures his or her
child. The following are some things you can do
to keep from losing control:
- Make sure all the baby’s basic
needs (food, diapering, appropriate clothing,
etc.) are met.
- Offer the baby a pacifier.
- Rock baby gently in the cradle.
- Walk baby around in a snuggly
body carrier or just hold the baby close to
you and walk around.
- Phone a friend.
- Call a friend, relative or
neighbor to come over for support and/or take
care of the baby while you take a break.
- Do something for yourself; play
favorite music, make a cup of coffee or tea,
exercise, take a shower/bath, or read a
magazine or book.
- Change your activity: shake a
rug, scrub a floor, throw away trash, or clean
- Splash water on your face.
- Hug a pillow.
- Sit down, close your eyes,
think of a pleasant place in your memory. Do
not move for several minutes.
- Press your lips together and
count to 10. Better yet, count to 20.
- Write down as many helpful
words as you can think of. Save the list.
- If all else fails, put the baby
in their crib making sure they are safe, close
the door, and check on them every 5 minutes or
For more information visit: http://www.ct.gov/dcf/lib/dcf/prevention/pdf/15_ways_to_calm_your_baby.pdf
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: June2012