You can contact the CRY-SIS HELPLINE on 08451 228 669
7 days a week 9am-10pm
From its modest beginnings, Cry-sis has developed to become a well-respected and national charity. The stated aims remain 'to be efficient and effective in providing self-help and support to families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies'. To achieve this, Cry-sis runs a national telephone helpline that is available to callers every day of the year between 9.00am and 10.00pm. Callers are referred to a trained volunteer member of Cry-sis who has had personal experience of crying or sleep problems within their own family
General Checklist The suggestions in this checklist are all ways in which parents have helped soothe their babies or coped with excessive crying. You may find that some of them work for you.
Is baby hungry?
Offer breast or bottle feed Is baby thirsty?
Offer a drink from a sterilised spoon or bottle Is baby in pain?
Check for illness with G.P or Health Visitor Offer breast, bottle or dummy Offer cool boiled water or speak to pharmacist about infant colic remedies Try gently massaging baby‘s tummy in a clockwise direction Try changing baby‘s position Pick baby up, walk around with him/her – a baby sling can be helpful Try gently rocking baby up and down Is baby tired but fighting sleep?
Offer breast, bottle or dummy Try rocking baby horizontally in your arms or in a pram/pushchair Try a rocking or swinging cradle Try a quieter room Put baby down somewhere safe to cry for a short time – some babies settle themselves Try a softer light or a darker room Use a baby soother cassette or sing to your baby Quiet background noise can soothe babies – ticking clock, vacuum cleaner, washing machine etc. Check that baby is comfortable – clothes not too tight Check baby isn‘t too hot or cold – feel tummy to gauge temperature Motion can help babies sleep. Car rides or pram walks in the fresh air. A warm bath covering baby‘s tummy can be soothing Is baby fighting at the breast?
Check baby‘s position at the breast, most of your nipple should be inside the baby‘s mouth Check baby‘s nose is free of the breast (his/her head should be tilted back slightly) Check whether baby‘s nose is blocked and consult GP or Health Visitor accordingly Let baby suck on a dummy before quickly substituting breast Try changing feeding position, e.g. sitting up or lying down Is there too much milk? If so, express some off before feeds or feed on one breast changing sides at each feed for a few days Is there too little milk? Feed more frequently Consult Health Visitor, GP or a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) counsellor if you are still experiencing problems Difficulty bottle feeding?
Try a different bottle or teat Check the size of the teat hole and change to a different size if necessary Try offering bottles more frequently for a few days Leave for half an hour, and then try again Consult Health Visitor or GP Is baby uncomfortable?
Check baby‘s temperature by feeling tummy – adjust clothing accordingly Change baby‘s nappy Try different nappies Let baby kick, nappy-free Check for nappy rash – consult Health Visitor Check for clothing rashes Sensitive baby?
Handle and talk to baby gently and quietly Do not overwhelm baby with stimulation Try a quieter environment Try to keep to a routine and limit the number of visitors Is baby generally cranky?
Check for illness – consult Health Visitor or GP Talk to your baby Play with him/her: use toys or safe household objects Let baby kick, nappy-free Try using a baby sling to carry baby around Try a bouncing chair or baby bouncer (always follow manufacturers guidelines) Take baby out in pram or buggy Visit a friend Comfort by gentle rocking movement or soothing noises Offer baby a feed Massage baby and give warm bath Consult registered homeopath. Check with GP, Health Visitor Consult registered Cranial Osteopath with paediatric experience If you suspect Colic, speak to GP or Health Visitor about infant colic remedies Still crying?
Put baby down in a safe place, walk out of the room and shut the door, take a short break Give baby to a trusted friend or family member for a few hours if possible Use any time away from baby to look after yourself Eat well and unwind Go out with baby Phone your GP, Health Visitor, NHS Direct, The Cry-sis Helpline, friend or relative Night-time Crying Checklist and ideas for settling a baby under a year old
Make sure baby is not hungry or thirsty Check that baby is comfortable and that his/her nappy is clean and dry Make sure clothing is not too tight Is baby too hot or too cold? Check baby‘s tummy temperature Rhythmic movement often settles babies. Gentle rocking in a pram or crib can have a hypnotic effect. Baby Slings are useful as they provide continual movement and the security of Mum/Dad Some babies prefer the dark, others like a low night light Soother tapes and devices may help baby fall asleep. A bedtime routine is a worthwhile investment for the future. This is best introduced as soon as possible with perhaps a warm bath before bedtime and a quiet feed and cuddle before sleep From 3 months babies are becoming more aware of their environment, so other methods of settling them to sleep can be considered. Mobiles and soft play things above the cot prevent boredom and make baby‘s cot a more enjoyable place to be As baby gets older a particular toy or "cuddly" can be encouraged so that baby feels more secure when on his/her own. Soft toys in the cot can act as insulators – avoid overheating baby Many babies find their own fingers or thumbs to suck for comfort
You can contact the Cry-sis helpline on 08451 228 669 7 days a week 9am-10pm
Or write to us at: BM Cry-sis London WC1N 3XX with a sae