The simple hold maneuver shown in this video may be the secret to calming a crying baby.
The technique is called “The Hold,” and Dr Robert Hamilton, a paediatrician for the past 30 years and a dad of six from Santa Monica, California, says it’s “very helping in calming children and keeping them quiet.”
A lot of parents must be experiencing success with his method, because a video of Dr Hamilton demonstrating “The Hold” has gone viral online with almost 6.5 million views. Next time my cries I’m going to try this technique, hoping to be effective.
In the clip, the doctor comforts a little one who just got a shot. Before “The Hold,” baby Ashton is screaming that kind of scream that makes a parent’s blood run cold with fear, like, “Help! What do I do?!?” But after Dr Hamilton folds the baby’s arms across his own chest, supports his head, and then, holding Ashton by the bottom gently bounces him up and down, the crying stops. Completely.
Here I’m sharing the video to you.
“Everything you do is very gentle, you don’t want to do jerky motions ever,” advises the doctor.
Which arm is tucked across the baby’s chest first seems to matter; it’s the right arm first, followed by the left that “promises” magical results. The angle at which the infant is held is key as well. At 45 degrees, the head and neck are properly supported and one has control over the baby’s little body.
Here are four steps to replicating Dr Hamilton’s method:
Fold the baby’s arms across the chest.
Secure arms gently, right first then left.
Grasp the diaper area.
Rock at 45-degree angle.
Now apply this technique and share with us.
NEVER NEVER shake a baby
Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when a baby is shaken. The blood vessels in a baby’s head cannot tolerate the impact of shaking and can break.
Each year about 1,000 children die from Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Death, brain damage, mental retardation, seizures, or blindness may result from shaking a baby.
Shaking usually happens when parents or caregivers become frustrated or angry when they are not able to stop the baby from crying.
Shaken baby syndrome is 100% preventable.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics