Babies cry-this is what they do.
Crying, especially in the late afternoons and early evening, may increase during the first 6 to 8 weeks. Two to three hours of crying a day in the first 3 months is considered normal. However, crying is also a major trigger for most physical abuse and death from physical abuse for infants and young children. All parents can understand and relate to feelings that a crying baby evokes. Therefore, focusing on crying, and assessing the impact that it is having on the household, rather than stressing, "don't shake your baby", which no parent believes they would ever do, is more universally appealing and is more likely to help prevent abuse. Also, reminding parents that responding to an infant crying will not result in an infant being "spoiled" or over coddled. Both infants and their parents vary in temperament, and some variations "fit" better than others. By starting early to help parents recognize the effects of temperamental variation on their child's difficult behaviors, the pediatrician can help them adapt more successfully to their new responsibilities.
Materials for this module as noted in the practice guide are listed below. Some are available for free download, some need to be printed, and others by purchase through the websites and/or organizations indicated. Some of the Practicing Safety materials were created by the Practicing Safety Team and are no longer available; we have noted if that's the case.
UNLESS INDICATED, THE PRACTICING SAFETY MATERIALS HAVE NOT BEEN ENDORSED BY THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, AND THOSE DEVELOPED FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE PRACTICING SAFETY PROJECT DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT POLICY OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS.
Parent Educational Materials
Crying Informational Card I
Crying Informational Card II
Crying Informational Card III
"Crying and Your Baby: How to Calm a Fussy or Colicky Baby" BrochureHow to Calm a Fussy Baby: Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Guide for Parents: Swaddling 101
Temperament Tip Sheet
Office Marketing Tools
Coping with Crying Posters
* These posters are no longer available. However, the informational cards above could be printed as posters.
Physicians Guide Sheet-Infant Temperament
Physician Prescription Pad (English)
Physician Prescription Pad (Spanish)
Contract for parents
Timer for parent time out
*No longer available but it's suggested to tell parents to use a timer on phone for a break.