Why won’t my baby stop crying?!
I think most new parents have at least heard of colic (which is a period of unexplained and prolonged crying in babies), but what is it really? Well have you heard of purple crying? “Purple" is an acronym developed by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome that helps new parents understand what it means when a baby “has colic” or when their baby seems to be crying for no reason.
Here’s what the letters stand for:
P – Peak of Crying: this type of crying peaks when a baby is 2 months and lessens by 5 months
U – Unexpected: you may have no idea why baby is crying. The baby has been fed, changed, and slept recently but the baby keeps crying.
R – Resists Soothing: anything you try fails to soothe the baby’s crying
P – Pain like face: the baby appears to be in pain and has a look of distress but no cause of pain is apparent
L – Long lasting: crying can last 5 or more hours in one day
E – Evening: baby cries more in the evening, often called the “witching” hour as crying escalates as the day comes to a close
So what do you do if you think your baby is in the “period of purple crying”? According to the experts at purplecrying.info: “The best thing that caretakers can do is stay calm. ... Keeping your emotions in check – staying calm – is important for your own sake, but also for your baby.” If you are finding it too difficult to stay calm, here are a couple of quick tips:
1. Breath – take several long and slow breaths
2. Go for a walk (either with your baby or ask someone to watch your baby)
3. NEVER shake a baby – it is far better to let a baby cry than to lose control. If you feel like you’re losing control, lay the baby down in a safe place and go into another room for a few moments to calm down. Then get help from family and friends or neighbors. Be honest: tell them this is overwhelming and you need some help taking care of the baby. People want to help, but they won’t know you need help unless you ask. It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help -- it could save your baby's life.
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