Every child deserves to grow up healthy and safe

At Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s in Temple, we are dedicated daily to helping your kids grow healthy and thrive in everything they do. Keeping children healthy and safe is a priority we share with your family.

Safe sleep for your baby

Not all Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) deaths can be prevented. However, the risk of this family tragedy can be reduced by following safe sleep practices.

Discover tips for safe sleeping

Shaken baby syndrome
​​​​​​​​​​​​​While persistent crying can try your patience, you and your baby's other caregivers must never respond by shaking the child. Shaking can cause blindness, permanent brain damage or death.
Crying is normal

Studies show that all babies start to cry around two weeks old. This crying will increase with a peak at around two-three months of age and usually declines around five months.

Each baby has a unique crying pattern. Some will cry as long as five hours a day or more; this high crying level is sometimes called “colic” and is considered normal. Some infants cry for less than 20 minutes daily, which is normal. If your baby is healthy, then crying is just part of being an infant.

Remember that crying is normal and does not reflect on your parenting. Your baby is not angry with you or punishing you. Your baby is not bad and you are not a deficient parent.

Never shake your baby to stop the crying

While nonstop crying can try your patience, you and your baby’s other caregivers must never respond by shaking the child.

No matter how frustrated you may become, it is never okay to shake your baby.

  • Shaking can cause blindness, permanent brain damage or death.
  • Even mild shaking may result in brain damage.
  • Hard shaking kills infants outright.
Smart ways to cope with crying

No one likes to hear a baby cry. It may be irritating and frustrating, but crying is your infant's only communication.

Some babies cry when hungry, tired, wet, ill or want to be held. Check these basic needs and try to make them comfortable. Remember, it's normal for babies to cry and crying won't hurt them.

Be aware of your frustration level when the baby cries for a while. Most importantly, plan to cope with your frustration when the crying begins. Ensure anyone caring for your child is aware of the plan and prepared to follow it.

  • Ensure the baby is clean, fed, comfortable and safe – then walk away.
  • Put the baby in a safe place like a crib or playpen.
  • Leave the room for a while.
  • Check on the baby every 10-15 minutes.
  • Listen to music, watch TV, exercise or call a friend to calm yourself.

There is no owner's manual issued with your new baby. Over time you and your infant will learn each other's signals, and the crying will probably decrease. With some planning and patience, you will grow closer and calmer with each other.

Ask for help

If you are concerned about your baby’s crying, ask your doctor to examine your child. There may be a physical condition causing the crying, or it may simply be your infant’s pattern. Call 254.724.KIDS (5437) to make an appointment with a pediatrician.

Bouts of crying can be difficult to handle. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

If you need help, call the Childhelp USA Hotline at 1.800.4.A.CHILD (1.800.422.4453) or call 911.

Put the baby in a safe place and leave the room.