Crying and coping with crying
What happens in the first few years of a child’s life can shape their whole life.
Did you know that crying in babies is normal and comforting methods can help?
It’s OK to walk away, never ever shake a baby.
Every baby is different, but around 2 weeks of age babies start to cry more frequently, and the crying may last longer, hitting a peak at about 6 to 8 weeks of age. After about 8 weeks of age babies start to cry less and less each week.
Where to go for further information
It's hard for parents or carers to cope with a crying baby. Here are some useful tips and links to help parents or carers to get through this time, feel more in control and safe and understand crying:
- ICON babies cry you can cope, advice and support
- Institute of Health Visiting coping with a crying baby
Advice and support is available through your Health Visitor all you need to do is ask, telephone: 01904555475
There is also support for parents and carers mental health:
- Your GP service is available for you to visit and talk to on the phone. Book appointments online using their surgery website or call them
- IAPT Home - York and Selby Talking Therapies
If someone is having a mental health crisis and are in immediate danger to themselves or others you should also telephone: 999.