Coping with Crying Helping parents soothe their crying baby

Looking after a crying baby is hard but for some families it can be very serious. The effects of feeling that a baby is constantly crying has been linked to: 

  • stress
  • depression
  • relationship problems.

In extreme cases, parents may become angry and harm their baby. Shaking a baby - or when a baby is thrown or handled roughly - can result in what’s called non-accidental head injuries. It’s the leading cause of death and long-term disability for babies who are harmed (Sidebotham and Fleming, 2007). 

Our short film, Coping with Crying, prepares parents for the stress they might feel when their baby won't stop crying and help them to cope better. It aims to prevent non-accidental head injuries.

Coping with Crying is now available for community health and social care organisations to deliver as part of their service provision for new parents and babies. Practitioners can sign up to our online training course to learn how to implement the programme.

How the film works

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The film is shown to parents by professionals or volunteers who work with babies such as midwives, maternity support workers, health visitors and children’s centre workers.

In the film, parents share their experience of looking after their new baby and provide practical tips. The film also includes advice from experts about crying.

After watching the film, parents receive a leaflet with more information.

Coping with crying is helping parents and their babies

Results from our research show the Coping with Crying programme is helping to keep babies safe. Parents who have seen the film are more likely to react positively towards their baby’s crying and feel confident seeking help and support when needed.

Where can I see the film?

Coping with Crying is shown in locations across the UK. We're working with local authorities, health and community centres to make the film more widely available.

Ask your health visitor or midwife to see if it is delivered in your area.

Parents can also visit our Coping with Crying website for more information and support.

I'd like to deliver Coping with Crying

If you're a practitioner interested in delivering the programme to the families you work with, sign up to our online training course.

The course will give you everything you need to deliver Coping with Crying and provide access to all programme resources.

Sign up to our online training

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References

  1. Sidebotham, P. and Fleming, P. (eds.) (2007) Unexpected death in childhood: a handbook for practitioners. Chichester: Wiley.