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
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
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.