Calm a Crying Newborn.
Thanks to a video
from a 30-year pediatrician, Dr. Robert Hamilton shows you how to calm a crying newborn baby with a simple baby hold, turning a screeching newborn from crying to cooing in no time. Dr. Hamilton's technique,
termed simply "The Hold," involves
1. Fold the arms across the chest.
Wrap the baby's right arm across its chest, and the left arm across his body on top of the right arm.
2. Secure the two arms gently,
with one hand, very gently holding his arms with one hand.
3. Place your dominant hand gently on the diaper area,
and position the baby so he leans forward at a 45 degree angle.
4. Rock at this 45 degree angle very gently.
Gently bounce the baby up and down with your hand on its bottom.
There's even an optional "booty shake" technique utilized by the doctor,
where he gently shakes the baby’s bottom with his hand, in a motion
back-and-forth, or rock him up and down, or gently stir him to the left
and then stir him to the right. The baby should comfort very quickly.
Everything you do is very
gently…with no jerky motions. Hold the baby with the fleshy part of
your hands, not your fingertips. Holding the baby at a 45 degree angle
instead of holding him upright, keeps the baby from throwing his head
back and losing control of holding him safely.
The hold is very effective for the first 2 months.
After that, the baby becomes too heavy; and it is very difficult to hold a baby this way at that point.
If your baby does not quiet down,
Dr. Hamilton suggests the baby may be ill and not feeling well, or he may be hungry. See a demonstration
of “the hold” at The YouTube video. https://www.ksl.com/?sid=37597631Newborn babies make people of all ages a little uncomfortable.
They appear so delicate, their heads are floppy and everyone hears horror stories about that soft spot on the top of their head where their skull hasn't fused yet. More likely, though, baby sitters and caregivers worldwide live in fear of a newborn that will cry unrelentingly. An adept parent can usually deduce the cause of the fussing and is able to remedy it with a feeding, changing, or a nap. There are times, however, when a baby seems unsoothable. That is when “the hold” can comfort and calm babies and keep them quiet. (“The Hold,” YouTube video with Dr. Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., F.A.A.P., Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, Santa Monica, California)