The Tragedy of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Coping with a Crying Baby

Advocates emphasize that feeling unable to cope with a crying child is not a sign of bad parenting but rather an indication that the caregiver needs relief. Here's what doctors suggest for anyone who feels overwhelmed by an inconsolable baby.

  • STOP Put the baby in a safe place, such as a crib or a playpen, and let her be. There is nothing unsafe or abusive about allowing a baby to cry for five or ten minutes.
  • TAKE A BREATHER Walk into another room where the crying isn't quite so loud. Sit down for a moment,and take ten slow, deep breaths.
  • GET RELIEF Check that the baby's physical needs have been met (her diaper is dry, she's not hungry, her temperature is comfortable). If you cannot calm the child, ask a friend or a relative to come help you.

SBS Alert

  • The Shaken Baby Alliance, www.shakenbaby.com
  • National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, www.dontshake.com
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Plus, www.sbsplus.com
  • Skipper Initiative, www.skippervigil.com

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