Coping with infant crying

During this challenging time, stress levels at home may be increased. There is guidance for coping with crying on the ICON website.

  • Infant crying is normal and it will stop! Babies start to cry more frequently from around 2 weeks of age
  • Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop. Is the baby hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change?
  • It’s okay to walk away if you have checked the baby is safe and the crying is getting to you. After a few minutes when you are feeling calm, go back and check on the baby
  • Never, ever shake or hurt a baby. It can cause lasting brain damage and death

Speak to someone if you need support such as your family, friends, Midwife, GP or Health Visitor.

Also see NHS information on soothing a crying baby.

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