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Coping with a Crying Baby

Even the most "patient" parents sometimes reach their wits end when dealing with a baby who won't stop crying. The following tips may give you a few ideas to try when your baby won't stop crying.

  • Walk or dance with the baby.
  • Rock or gently bounce the baby in your arms.
  • Take the baby for a walk in the stroller.
  • Take the baby for a ride in the car.
  • Place the baby in a wind-up swing.
  • Sing or talk to the baby in a quiet, soothing way.
  • Put the baby in a soft front carrier, close to your body.
  • Lay the baby tummy down across your lap and gently rub or pat his or her back.
  • Gently massage the baby's body and arms and legs.
  • Offer a pacifier (the Nuk allows less air to pass in around the baby's mouth and is better for a colicky baby).
  • Hold the baby close and breathe slowly and calmly; the baby may feel your calmness and become quiet.
  • Let someone else take over so you can take a break.
  • If NOTHING ELSE works, put the baby in his or her crib, close the door and turn up the radio or TV. Check on the baby every 10 to 15 minutes for your own peace of mind.
  • Bellflower Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse - operates a 24-hour family help line which provides crisis intervention, support, information and referrals. All calls are anonymous (216) 229-2420.

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The Child Death Review Program is funded by: Cuyahoga County, and The Child and Family Health Services Block Grant provided through the Ohio Department of Health. The Child Death Review Program is administered by: The Cuyahoga County Board of Health.