Crying can't kill a baby . . . but shaking can.
All babies cry, but some cry more than others. Dealing with a baby that screams for hours on end can be tremendously stressful for any parent. Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious brain injury that occurs when a frustrated caregiver shakes a child, usually to stop them from crying. In the past few years in our community, there have been a number of infant deaths caused by caregivers shaking babies. Most infant victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome have also been struck or thrown.
Use the links below to learn what to do if a crying baby is driving you to distraction. If you have tried all of the comfort techniques you can, take a break. Try leaving the baby in a safe place like a crib and go outside for 5 minutes to calm down. Remember, babies do not die from crying in their cribs. They do sometimes die from injuries caused by stressed-out caregivers.
The Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition is a community partnership housed within the Forsyth County Department of Public Health.
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