What to Do
- Never shake your baby!
- Try to find out why your baby is crying. Check to see if baby is hungry; needs a diaper change; is too warm/cold, tired, scared, hurt, lonely, bored, etc.
- If you do not know why your baby is crying, then you may want to try different things to soothe your baby.
- No one method works every time. Use the method that works best for your baby.
You Can Try:
- Feeding your baby slowly in an upright position and burping your baby at least once during and after the feeding.
- Not letting your baby go hungry, but not overfeeding.
- Offering a pacifier or a clean finger to suck on.
- Cuddling, swaddling or carrying your baby in your arms.
- Rocking your baby in your arms, cradle or infant swing.
- Pushing your baby in a stroller or carriage.
- Taking your baby for a ride in the car using a car seat.
- Talking, singing or humming softly to your baby.
- Wrapping your baby in a blanket.
- Laying your baby on a warm blanket.
- Giving your baby a warm bath.
- When your baby is awake, laying your baby on his or her tummy and patting/rubbing baby’s back.
- Massaging your baby. (Check for infant massage classes in your area.)
- Laying your baby down on his or her back for a nap.
- Darkening your baby’s room at naptime.
- Allowing your baby time alone to settle and go to sleep.
- Keeping the noise level and stimulation down if baby is upset.
- Taking care of yourself and resting.
- Taking naps when the baby is napping.
- Trying to relax so your baby does not feel your stress.
- Calling a friend or relative for support.
- Giving yourself a break and having someone else watch your baby.
- Talking with your health care provider
- Changing formula may be necessary. Check with your health care provider.
When to Call Your Health Care Provider
- Your baby’s cry becomes a painful cry rather than a fussy cry.
- If baby cries constantly for more than two hours.
- If your baby vomits more than three times in 12 hours.
- If your baby shows signs of dehydration:
- Four or fewer wet diapers in 24 hours
- Dry mouth
- Sunken eyes
- Sunken soft spot on head (fontanel)
- Extreme irritability
- Listlessness (decreased activity)
- Possibly no tears
- If your baby has diarrhea or loose stools:
- More than one per hour
- Blood in stool
- Signs of dehydration
- If your baby has a fever.
- Axillary [armpit] 98.6° F (37.0° C) or higher
- Rectally 100.4° F (38.0° C) or higher
- If you are afraid you might hurt your baby.
- If you can’t find a way to soothe your baby.
- If you or someone else has shaken your baby.
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