There is a period of time deemed the Period of Purple when babies for no apparent reason just cry. The crying bouts can last for up to a couple of hours. The inconsolable bouts of crying may happen every day about the same time or they may occur at random times. Typically, these bouts happen in the early evening. That is why it is so important that if your infant experiences these bouts of crying, you know when to give yourself a break and let the child cry. If you leave your child in the care of others, it is extremely important to make those other caregivers aware of your child's crying bouts.

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This quote is kind of funny, isn't it? However, sometimes, that is exactly the way it feels. The pregnancy is over and you have brought your little "bundle of joy" home. Things seem like they are going fine. Until, one evening that little bundle begins to cry....and cry.....and cry. And you ask yourself, "The crying....what do I do about the crying?" Please understand that crying is part of a baby's normal developmental process.

Give yourself a TIME OUT

No one is exempt from the feelings of frustration when a baby cries and can not be consoled. When you feel yourself becoming angry and frustrated, give yourself a TIME OUT. TAKE TEN minutes to regroup. It may be the ideal time to call a family member, friend or neighbor  to get support and the assurance that you need. Sometimes a baby just needs to cry to wind down and relieve their stress. Don't take it personal if you can't stop them. They are NOT out to get you. We at  Bryson's Time Out Take Ten encourage you to create a list of at least five people whom you may contact in the event that you need additional support. 

Make a commitment to you and your child that violence and abuse will never exist in your home. 

  • Check for basic needs (hunger, diaper change, burping).
  • Look for illness (fever, nasal congestion) or check for teething). 
  • Offer soothing remedies (pacifier, music or "white noise", teething ring).
  • Swaddle the baby closely and rock gently.
  • If these actions fail to console the baby, put the baby in a safe place and TIME OUT TAKE TEN.

Facts you need to know:

I don't know why they say "you have a baby." The baby has you. - Gallagher

  • Perpetrators are most often men (fathers, step-fathers, boyfriends of the baby's mother)
  • Mothers rank second as perpetrators with female babysitters coming in third.
  • Babies most vulnerable for this type of abuse are those that live at or below poverty level.

Bringing awareness to and aiding in the prevention of shaken baby syndrome

Caring for a baby who continues to cry:

Take a break - don't shake