• Your baby has cried nonstop for hours.
• You have done everything you can, but your baby is still crying.
• You are frustrated and tired.
• Nothing works to calm your baby.
When your baby is irritable:
If you feel your patience is disappearing:
Each year 30 to 40 babies in Iowa are hurt very badly because of shaking. About 1300 children are hurt or killed by abusive head injuries each year in the United States. It is easy to hurt a baby’s brain.
When a baby is shaken, their head snaps back and forth. The blood vessels around the brain may break and cause bleeding in the head. The baby’s brain may be hurt. The baby may also stop breathing.
Every new parent has felt frustrated, tired, helpless, or angry with their crying baby. A brief loss of control can lead to a family and their child spending a lifetime dealing with the results of brain injuries, such as:
Call the Crying Baby Helpline at 1-866-243-2229 (BABY) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help when you feel frustrated.