How To Calm A Crying Baby In No Time? California Pediatrician Shared A Simple And Effective Technique

Babies cry when they are hungry or when they aren’t feeling well. They also cry when their diaper is wet and needs to be changed. Sometimes, babies cry without any good reason, much to their parents’ frustration. As a parent, you may feel helpless when your baby is well-fed, healthy, and comfortable, but he or she is crying anyway. Fortunately, there’s one trick you can put to use whenever such situations arise.

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Dr. Robert Hamilton's magic trick

Dr. Robert Hamilton has worked in pediatrics for more than three decades, so we can safely assume he has seen his fair share of crying babies. The doctor came up with an ingenious technique to calm bawling infants and decided to share it to help parents.

The technique is very simple. It’s called “the Hold”, and here’s how you do it:

1. Fold the baby’s arms on his or her chest.

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2. Secure his or her arms with one hand and support the chin.

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3. Hold the baby’s bottom with your dominant hand.

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4. Position the baby at a 45-degree angle and rock him or her very gently.

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In the video, you can see Dr. Hamilton show this trick on crying babies who have just been given shots. When done right, it works like magic!

Pediatricians say the technique works because it imitates the gentle swaying movement in the womb. But here’s the catch: as Dr. Hamilton himself said in the video, you can use it on babies who are 3 months or younger. After that, babies can get too heavy to hold them like that, and you may have to think of other strategies to calm them.

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A few other tips to calm a crying baby

If your baby is crying, the first thing you have to do is to make sure he or she feels fine (he/she is well-fed, comfy, and not ill). If the baby is crying without a reason, you can try to calm him or her by singing in a soothing voice or playing calm music. You may also use a pacifier or a rattle toy. Sometimes, a walk or a ride in the stroller may help.

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If all else fails, Dr. Robert Block, who is a renowned pediatrician, has another tip for you. The doctor told Time:

Put your baby down gently on his back, somewhere safe like a crib and walk away.

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Don’t worry, it doesn’t make you insensitive. Sometimes, it’s the only thing you can do after making sure the baby is fine. He or she will usually stop crying in a matter of minutes.

What techniques did you use on your kids when they were babies? Share your experience in the comments!

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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