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Baby crying? How do you cope?

Posted April 30, 2010

When I gave birth to my younger daughter nearly eight months ago, there seemed to be a new push to educate parents about how to cope with a crying baby.

I took home from the hospital a DVD about the "Period of Purple Crying," along with some pamphlets and other literature. I'm lucky that both my daughters have been pretty easy babies. But, especially when they were really little, there were moments when I just wondered if they'd ever stop crying. (And if you're wondering about that right now, they do.)

WRAL-TV reporter Amanda Lamb, who you can find here on Go Ask Mom every Monday, has a piece at 6 p.m. tonight on WRAL about shaken babies.

Last year, 300 children died in the United States from being shaken according to a study done by UNC. In North Carolina, 80 babies suffered traumatic brain injuries from being shaken.

Doctors say the key to preventing these tragedies is educating new parents about how to deal with crying babies.

In the piece, Amanda talks to one mother who learned this lesson the hard way.

Click here to see a promo for the piece.

How did you survive those early days with all the crying?


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  • Zelda May 1, 2010

    When nothing else worked (no amount of rocking, walking, feeding, changing), I would put the baby in the carseat and go for a drive.

  • kittiboo May 1, 2010

    I'm so lucky my daughter wasn't a crier. My close friend's daughter was, and I know she struggled with it. Sometimes I think the ambient noise (vacuum cleaner especially) helps the parents more just by drowning out the cries, which is good! One time I had my friend's baby in the car while she had to run into the store, and she was screaming. I had to turn on the radio to pure static and turn the volume way up. I don't know if it helped her, but it made me not so edgy listening to just the crying.

  • jailorjoe1978 Apr 30, 2010

    its hard to say really... i used many methods to cope. keeping myself busy usually helped. i would nap when my son did instead of trying to do everything in the house while he was asleep. this allowed me plenty of sleep which many parents have a hard time getting in the early months, and left me with things to keep me busy when he wanted to cry and i had done everything possible to make sure he was comfy and well. Ambient noise generators helped with his crying by giving him something to focus on instead of whatever minor thing was upsetting him.