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Coping With Crying: Did You Need Help?

Thursday May 22 2014

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BARNSLEY has been chosen as a pilot community for a project that aims to prevent stressed parents from harming their crying babies.

The NSPCC's 'Coping with Crying' scheme will show parents-to-be and new parents a film about caring for a crying baby and gives tips on how to control their feelings.

Sharon Stoltz, acting director of Public Health for Barnsley, said: "When their baby cries, it's common for parents to feel frustrated, and in the worst cases they can lose their temper and harm their baby."

What do you think? Would a listening ear have helped you through the stressful early days of new parenthood?

We'd love to hear your thoughts in the box below.

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Reply Posted by mum of 3 girls on Thursday May 22 2014 at 23:47
a crying baby obviously is either hungry needs winding ,nappy change or just a cuddle ...I brought my girls up alone with no help at all any sane person would never harm a child ...my opinion is if you think someone would harm a baby then remove the child from danger !!!!! SIMPLES

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday May 23 2014 at 10:19
Every baby is different,2 of mine were quiet bables the other 2 could wake the dead. The advice I got from my health visitor was let them cry because thats what the book says! It takes time for a mum or dad to learn what their baby wants i found out eventually one had colic and one was a nosy so and so and just wanted picking up, we learned ourselves a way of getting them back to sleep and then putting them down,dont try to rush things with your baby,if someone offers help take it is what my advice would be to new parents.

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday May 23 2014 at 13:57
I have two kids my daughter was a nightmare barely slept n even when she did sleep she'd be awake for 6 in mornin on the dot n she eight now n she still up at 6 never would leave my child to cry wether a book told me to or health professional I barely slept up until she was bout four then I had my son I've never known a child to sleep as good as he does all you have to do is adapt to ur child it's not the easiest job but but it's worth it. Harming a child through sleep deprivation is very common in some families and it's such a shame because majority of these cases go undetected and the child has no protection. People need to ask for help if they are struggling it's not a sign of weakness

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday May 23 2014 at 14:51
I didnt listen to the health visitor lauren I apologise if it comes across that way she had no children i was on my 3rd!