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Tips from the CDC to prevent shaken baby syndrome

Tips from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • If you are the parent or caregiver of a baby:                                                   Babies can cry a lot in the first few months of life and this can be frustrating. But it will get better.
  • Remember, you are not a bad parent or caregiver if your baby continues to cry after you have done all you can to calm him/her.
  • You can try to calm your crying baby by:

  • Rubbing his/her back
  • Gently rocking
  • Offering a pacifier
  • Singing or talking
  • Taking a walk using a stroller or a drive with the baby in a properly-secured car seat.
    • If you have tried various ways to calm your baby and he/she won't stop crying, do the following:

  • Check for signs of illness or discomfort like diaper rash, teething, or tight clothing
  • Call the doctor if you suspect your child is injured or ill
  • Assess whether he/she is hungry or needs to be burped
    • If you find yourself pushed to the limit by a crying baby, you may need to focus on calming yourself. Put your baby in a crib on his/her back, make sure he/she is safe, and then walk away for a bit and call a friend, relative, neighbor, or parent helpline for support. Check on him/her every 5 to 10 minutes.
    • Understand that you may not be able to calm your baby and that it is not your fault, nor your baby's. It is normal for healthy babies to cry much more in the first 4 months of life