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Coping With Crying

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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. read more

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Materials for this module are listed below.  Some are available for free download and others by purchase through the websites and/or organizations indicated.  Many of the tools here can be purchased from the same source, and it is therefore recommended that you browse through the materials in all of the modules and compile a list of the items you are interested in before placing your order with those organizations. 

Some of the Practicing Safety materials were created by the Practicing Safety Team, and others were compiled from various organizations that recognized child abuse and neglect as an important issues for pediatricians and families. 


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Physician Prescription Pad click here to download ( English) 
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Physician Prescription Pad  click here to download (Spanish)
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