Pause at the Door

Pause At The Door 

Looking after a young baby can be stressful. A great tool is the Pause at the Door technique. Remember to check the three C’s when seeing to a crying baby. Check the following;

Calm – Are you calm?

Careful – Can you be careful?

Caring – Will you be caring?

You can download the Pause at the Door poster using the button below.

What is the ICON Message?

ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying.

ICON stands for ….

* I – Infant crying is normal

* C –Comforting methods can help

* O – It’s OK to walk away

* N – Never, ever shake a baby

 

Speak to someone if you need support such as your family, friends, Midwife, GP or Health Visitor.

I

Infant crying is normal and it will stop!

Babies start to cry more frequently from around 2 weeks of age.

The crying may get more frequent and last longer.

After about 8 weeks of age babies start to cry less each week

C

Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop.

Think about are they:

  • hungry

  • tired

  • in need of a nappy change

  • Try simple calming techniques such as singing to the baby or going for a walk.

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 on the baby

N

Never, ever shake or hurt a baby.

It can cause lasting brain damage or death.

If you are worried that your baby is unwell contact your GP or call NHS 111.

Speak to someone if you need support such as your family, friends, Midwife, GP or Health Visitor.

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