Responding to a Crying Baby
Babies need the miracle of parents, family members and carers who can meet their needs for safety, comfort and nurturing.
Caring for a baby when there are other family and personal stressors increases the risks that a baby's needs may become overwhelming to the person caring for them.
If the baby's needs are overwhelming or his/her crying is distressing to the person caring for them, the risk of shaking also seems to increase.
- Shaking is the leading cause of death in children under twelve months.
- Shaking can cause short and long term brain injury.
- Research indicates men are more likely to shake babies.
- The cost of shaken babies is high for the child, family and our community.
The shaken baby prevention project has produced a number of resources (including a DVD, posters, brochures and postcards) to provide information to parents, carers and professionals about responding to a crying baby. These were developed to support families in dealing with the challenges of managing a crying baby and provide safe strategies for responding to a crying infant.The project's goal is to ensure that all those involved with babies understand the importance of not shaking a baby, ever.
The 3.5 minute animated DVD provides suggestions and strategies for responding to stressors. It is suitable for use by parent educators, in schools, in hospitals, doctor's surgeries, in child care centres and for personal use by parents and carers wanting to educate babysitters, family friends and young people.
If you would like to order the DVD and or accompanying posters or pamphlets, please send us the order form below:
You may also download the pamphlet in the order form here.
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You can also watch the video on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaJL9IwMSNU
Resources designed specifically for Men
Most recently, posters and a set of postcards aimed at providing men with information about how to respond appropriately to a crying baby, provide strategies for settling a crying baby and encouraging men to ask for help when they need it.
If you would like to order the posters or pamphlets for men, please send us the order form below:
You may also download the posters and postcards from the following links: