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Crying,Age 3 and Younger - Prevention

Safety tips

  • Do not leave your child unattended in a place where an injury may occur, such as a crib with a rail down.
  • Keep tobacco smoke out of the home and away from your baby. Even secondhand smoke may make your child fussy. Secondhand smoke increases a child's risk for respiratory problems compared with young children who are not exposed.
  • Try to stay calm. Young children are very sensitive to their parents' frustration and fatigue. Try to sleep whenever your child does, even during the day, so you will have more energy for those times when he or she is fussy. Take some breaks from the care of your child. Ask a friend or neighbor to babysit some evening while you enjoy some free time.
  • Never shake your baby! Place your child in a safe place while you go into another room, relax, and calm yourself. Or ask someone to help you.

Check with your doctor about giving your child acetaminophen before immunizations are given. Some doctors suggest this to decrease discomfort after a shot.

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Last Updated: February 18, 2013
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