Babies do a lot of things that seem strange. They sneeze, yawn, hiccough, twitch, pass gas, and strain at stools. (Actually, we all do most of the same things but no one is watching us.) They startle at noises and position changes, have tremors, and get blue in the hands and feet; and they cry… long and hard. Often they cry the most and hardest at night…just when you are exhausted. It’s what they do! Try not to get too upset. If your baby is eating, voiding, having bowel movements, and not running a fever he is probably alright.
After a while you can usually distinguish between crying from hunger, a dirty diaper, pain, and just fussing. You eventually develop a mental checklist of things to look for and tricks you can try to settle your baby down, but some babies can be challenging. Doctors (and parents) have known for decades (at least) that swaddling, blank noise, motion, and position change can settle a crying baby. Your mother may tell you how she put you in the car and literally drove you to sleep, or how you couldn’t sleep without a vacuum cleaner running somewhere in the house; or how she rocked you non-stop until finally you fell asleep..but only wrapped like a mummy and laying head down on her legs. If your baby just never stops crying get someone to relieve you for a while; she will be alright and you need a break!
If you have no one to relieve you, and you get so UPSET that you think of harming your baby STOP, PUT THE BABY DOWN IN THE CRIB, AND WALK AWAY FOR TEN MINUTES. You need time to regroup and crying a bit longer won’t hurt him. NEVER SHAKE THE BABY out of frustration. It can cause permanent brain damage. IF YOU EVER GET SO UPSET THAT YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO CALL US!!