April 20, 2015 / Head Trauma Prevention

Tips to prevent abusive head trauma

Prevent Needless Deaths Caused by Stressed Caregivers

Tell everyone that these steps save lives:

  • Realize that crying is normal—it’s how babies communicate
  • Have a list of what to check as reason for crying—hunger, dirty diaper, too hot or cold, teething, over-tired, etc.
  • Know who is watching baby: ask them questions, notice their behaviors, ask how they’ll react to crying
  • Have support system in place for anyone watching baby: family, friend, neighbors who can relieve stressed-out caregiver
  • Know it’s okay for caregiver to take time out by putting baby in crib while taking a few minutes to reduce their stress