A serious injury
from a fall, being shaken, or
abuse may cause a child to cry for a long time. Other
signs of injury, such as swelling, bruising, or bleeding, are usually
Crying can be very
frustrating for a parent or caregiver. 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 him or her into the air, can injure the brain.
Shaken baby syndrome needs to be reported to your
doctor. 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.