Crying is a normal part of your baby’s development. It is how your baby lets you know that something is upsetting them and that they need you.
Remember all babies are different. Some babies can cry for more than 5 hours. Sometimes you may not know why your baby is crying and you might not be able to use the same ways to calm your baby.
Listening to a crying baby for hours can be stressful and some parents or carers can get frustrated or upset by their baby’s crying. Even in these times, parents should never shake their baby.
You may feel helpless when your baby keeps on crying. Remember that you can’t always stop the crying but you can still comfort your baby.
It is a lot harder to get an overtired baby to sleep. Look for tired signs to make it easier to calm your baby for sleep:
A crying baby can be stressful. It’s ok to walk away if you need a break. Leave your child in a safe place and ask for help if you need it.
Never shake your baby. This can cause permanent damage to their developing brain; called Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive Head Trauma.
Injuries caused by shaking don’t happen accidentally during normal play. Shaking your baby can result in blindness, deafness, seizures and brain damage – all of which can lead to learning and behavioural difficulties, or death.
For more suggestions on how to care for a crying baby have a look at our Shaken Baby Prevention Project or see the Crying baby factsheet.