Crying,Age 3 and Younger - Home Treatment
If you do not find a reason for
your child's crying, try
comforting techniques. Many doctors recommend trying
this easy-to-remember "5 Ss" (swaddling, side or stomach position in your
arms, shushing, swinging, and sucking) method. Wrap (swaddle) your baby in a
blanket, swing him or her gently while on the side or stomach in your arms, use
the shushing sound, and give the baby something to suck. 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.
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