Crying baby? How to keep your cool

It's tough to listen to a crying baby, but you can handle it. Slow down, take a break — and know when to ask for help. By Mayo Clinic Staff

All babies cry, but the tears can take a toll.

When nothing you do soothes your crying baby, you might feel anxious. What if there's something wrong and you miss it? What if you lose control?

Take heart in your ability to care for your baby — and to recognize when you're reaching the end of your rope.

Cover the basics

When your baby cries, start with the basics.

A crying baby might simply need to be fed, burped or changed. Maybe it's time for a nap, a change in position or a session in the rocking chair. Or perhaps your crying baby needs a little more — or a little less — attention.

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