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Safe Sleep - Coping With Crying

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It is normal for babies to cry - sometimes for 3 or more hours a day.

Babies usually cry more often in the evening.

Crying may come and go for no reason.

Crying is not a health problem, unless someone gets angry at the child and hurts him/her.

Crying slows down after 3 or 4 months in most children.

Don’t give up! IT GETS BETTER!

Crying lasts for hours, shaking lasts for a lifetime. Stay calm, get help.

Call 2-1-1 for more information.

Things to check:

  • Is your baby hungry?
  • Is your baby in pain?
  • Does your baby need a diaper change?
  • Does your baby want to be held?
  • Is your baby sick?

If none of that seems to be the problem:

  • Relax - your baby will be okay.
  • Have someone else watch your baby for a while if it is bothering you too much.
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    Coping with
    Crying Flyer

  • Put your baby down in a safe place and go to the next room. Check on your baby every 10 minutes to see if there is anything you can do; but if not, your baby will be okay.
  • Exercise.
  • Listen to music.
  • Call a friend, relative or 2-1-1.
  • Call your doctor if you have questions.