Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership are pleased to announce our new programme, ICON: Babies Cry, You Can Cope! to help parents and carers cope with a crying baby.

Looking after a baby is a very special and wonderful time. We also know it can be a very stressful time and trying to calm a crying baby is something all parents and carers experience. Sometimes as a parent or carer it can feel as if you’re ‘on the edge’ coping with a crying baby. In some cases this has led to a baby being shaken, hit or thrown as a means of stopping it from crying. This can lead to life threatening or fatal injuries.

So, knowing how to cope with a crying baby and that it’s OK to ask for help is a message we want to share with all parents and carers. This includes anyone who may look after your baby.

                           ICON: Babies Cry, You Can Cope! has the following key messages :

I  Infant crying is normal and it will stop! Babies start to cry more frequently from around two                      weeks  of  age.

C  Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop. Is the baby hungry, tired          or  in need of a nappy change?

O It’s OK to walk away if you have checked the baby is safe and the crying is getting to you. After a few          minutes when you are feeling calm, go back and check the baby.

N Never, ever shake or hurt a baby. It can cause lasting brain damage or death.

We also have a range of resources available for parents, carers and professionals which can be found on our main ICON Page

Remember it’s always OK to ask for help. You can speak to your:

  • friends and family
  • health visitor
  • GP
  • Midwife
  • local children’s centre

You can also get help from the following:

  • CRY-SIS National Help line – 08451 228 669 (Lines open 7 days a week 9am-10pm)
  • NSPCC – Tel: 0808 800 5000 or Online:
  • ICON – national campaign website:

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