Parenting Hacks: Pediatrician Shows “The Hold” Technique To Calm Any Crying Baby
All babies cry, and sometimes, a newborn may cry for even two hours or longer. The problem is that the reason for their cry is not clear. It might be because of hunger, fear, pain, a need for sleep and so on.
What can you do to soothe a crying baby? “The Hold.”
“A Pediatrician Shows You How To Calm a Crying Baby” is the title of the video in which Dr. Robert C. Hamilton from Santa Monica, California, explains the method for making a baby stop crying in just several seconds. There are two different scenarios in which Hamilton picks up the crying baby by pulling the right arm close to the chest and then the left arm across the chest, while he gently holds the arms and bottom, rocking the baby up and down. He says that sometimes you need to stir the baby to the left and stir it to the right.
According to Dr. Hamilton, the best way to hold a baby is at a 45-degree angle in order to avoid the baby tilting its head back. Also, you should hold the baby with the flashy part of your dominant hand, not with your fingertips. You should use the fingertips of your other hand to support the baby’s chin, so the head is raised.
The doctor says that this way he shakes the baby’s booty and calms the crying baby. He adds that whatever you do, you need to do it gently, without doing jerky motions.
Interestingly, when you perform this method, the baby really calms down. Still, it might not work for your baby, and this is usually caused by one of the following two things you might have done wrong: the baby is either hungry or ill.
“The Hold” is pretty helpful method, especially in the first two to three months of age. However, as babies get older, they become more and more heavy and it becomes difficult for you to hold them at that point.
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