3–6 MONTHS CRYING/ARCHING HIS BACK

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3–6 MONTHS CRYING/ARCHING HIS BACK

Decoded message:

I am very upset and uncomfortable.
I don’t like feeling this way.
It scares me and I need your help to calm down and feel better.

Suggested actions:

Comforting

Keep you child close to you.
It is difficult for your child to control his emotions and this can be scary for him.
Hold him and rock him softly or walk him until he calms down.
Your baby will feel safe, even though he is afraid.

Protecting/Taking charge

Make sure that your child isn’t physically hurt.
He may have a diaper rash and needs to be changed.
A diaper rash can be very painful.
Place your child in a sitting position and stroke his back.
This will help him burp, if he needs to.
Hold your child in your arms until he is calmer.
This will reassure him.