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Crying,Age 3 and Younger - Home Treatment

Comforting measures

If you don't find a reason for your child's crying, try comforting techniques, such as rocking your baby, offering a pacifier, or breast-feeding. If your child continues to cry after you have tried home treatment, place him or her in a safe, quiet place and leave him or her alone for 15 to 20 minutes. Sometimes children can relax and soothe themselves. Be sure to stay close by.

Talk with your child's doctor before giving your child any nonprescription medicines or herbal remedies as a comfort measure. Products with alcohol or sugar in them are not recommended.

Do not get angry at your child for crying. Never shake or harm your child. Shaking a child in anger or playing rough, such as throwing a baby up into the air and catching him or her, can cause shaken baby syndrome. If you find that you are losing patience or are afraid that you may hurt your child:

  • Place your child in a safe place while you go into another room, relax, and calm yourself.
  • Ask someone to help you. If you cannot find someone to take over for you and you still feel out of control, call your doctor.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  • Changes in the level of consciousness develop.
  • Your child is not acting normally and cries in a way that is not usual for him or her.
  • Crying continues longer than 30 minutes, and the child appears to be in pain.
  • Crying continues longer than 30 minutes after an injury.
  • Symptoms become more severe or frequent.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 18, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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