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- Must-see video: Baby sees clearly for the first time
- Here’s the science behind ‘The Hold,’ which claims to instantly calm a crying baby
- Download Free Baby Crying Sound Effects
- Different Types of Crying Sounds
- Sleepy Baby Cry
- Hungry Baby Cry
- Newborn Baby Cry
- Baby Crying for a Long Time
- Funny Baby Crying Sound
- Fun Uses for Baby Crying Sounds
- When In Doubt Contact Your Doctor
- BBC Trending
- More from BBC Trending
- How to avoid inappropriate videos on YouTube
Call him the baby whisperer or a pediatric YouTube star. A doctor’s simple tutorial for calming down a crying baby in seconds has become a blockbuster on YouTube, garnering millions of views in just days.
Dr. Robert Hamilton, who practices atPacific Ocean Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, said his patients urged him “a million times” to share his advice online. When he finally uploaded the video on Sunday, it was the first one he had ever posted, and it’s had nearly 6 million views as of Thursday morning.
“I’m a little bit humbled,” Hamilton told TODAY Parents. “I never in my wildest dreams thought this would happen.”
The technique, which Hamilton calls “The Hold,” consists of four steps:
- Pick up the baby and fold his arms snuggly across his chest.
- Secure the baby’s arms with your hand after they’re folded. That hand also supports the baby’s chin.
- Gently hold the baby’s bottom with your dominant hand. Use the fleshy part of your hand, not your fingers, to ensure a secure hold.
- Position the baby at a 45-degree angle and gently rock him. The motion can be up and down, or you can try shaking the baby’s bottom. The key is to make the sequence smooth and avoid jerky movements. The angle is important because it helps you keep control of your baby.
That’s it. The results are quick and wonderful in the video, as demonstrated on babies who are fussy after receiving a shot. They calm down in moments.
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Use the technique on babies up to 2 or 3 months old. After that, they become too heavy to be held in this position, Hamilton said.
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“The Hold” works because it’s essentially swaddling the child, he explained.
“That’s a comforting position for a baby because you have to remember where they’re coming from — a very tight womb — and they’ve been in that position for a long time,” Hamilton said.
“By doing that, you’re really kind of recreating the womb, if you will, and that kind of comforts them, plus the gentle movement.”
Dr. Hamilton shows how to calm a crying baby.Robert Hamilton / YouTube
Hamilton, who has been practicing for 31 years, has been using the technique for decades, he said. He’s sure other pediatricians employ similar methods, but believes the unique part of “The Hold” is how he wraps the babies’ arms across their chests.
Hamilton has found this method will quiet 90 percent of babies. It doesn’t work on infants who are ill or hungry.
Other pediatricians praised the video. Babies cry most when they’re 4-8 weeks old and all that fussiness could lead exhausted, frustrated parents to shake and harm a child, said Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a Seattle pediatrician who writes the Seattle Mama Doc blog.
This technique provides another tool parents can try when their baby is upset and give them hope, she noted.
“I love that this is going viral. I hope it goes even more viral,” Swanson said.
“What I like about this technique is there are just enough things that are going on — it might be that it was the touch, the angle, the hold, the motion — that a baby is distracted, attended to and comfortable.”
“The Hold” reminded Swanson of Dr. Harvey Karp’s “5 S’s” method: swaddle, side-stomach position, shush, swing and suck.
She believes it’s safe to do and would recommend it to her patients.
As for Hamilton, he hopes it helps families across the country.
“This is my Christmas gift,” he said.
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Here’s the science behind ‘The Hold,’ which claims to instantly calm a crying baby
In a video that’s now been watched more than six million times, Dr. Robert Hamilton, a pediatrician, demonstrates something he calls “The Hold,” which he says he uses in his practice to quickly calm crying infants.
The technique appears to be quite simple: He folds the baby’s arms against her chest with one hand, using his fingers to prop up her chin. He holds the baby upright (leaning slightly forward) with one hand on the baby’s bottom, and “wiggles” her gently.
The previously wailing infant, who had just gotten a shot, appears to chill out almost instantly.
So what exactly is going on here? And does it really work?
We talked to Dr. Stephen Cook, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester’s Golisano Children’s Hospital, who told us that Dr. Hamilton’s technique seems reasonable as well as simple — which is important for new parents.
Folding the arms echoes the effect of swaddling, which is known to reduce fussiness; holding a baby at an upright angle can ease acid reflux; and gentle motion (never shake a baby) is typically calming to very young infants, since it mimics being in the womb. (Most of these are also covered by Dr. Harvey Karp’s famous five S’s, which include “swinging” and “swaddling,” which is wrapping a baby up snugly in a blanket so that their limbs don’t flail about.)
But there are a few important caveats.
First, Dr. Cook noted, these kinds of soothing techniques really only work in infants up to two or three months old. Don’t try this on a screaming one-year-old.
Second, babies are often crying for a reason, something Dr. Hamilton points out in the video. They might be hungry; they might be sick; they might need a diaper change. “It’s important to make sure the baby does not have something else major going on,” Dr. Cook said, because a little wiggle won’t fix that.
Parents should also remember that Dr. Hamilton’s video shows him using the technique just a few times, in a doctor’s office — that’s not a lot of data to go on. In a real-life, home setting, things might not always go as smoothly.
Dr. Cook suggested that “The Hold” may work less well or less consistently with colicky babies, with babies that have been fussing for hours, or with anxious and exhausted parents. “Those are the ones who will want to do it more — and who may get less help from it,” he said.
Still, he praised Dr. Hamilton’s video for being a straightforward and sensible presentation of an easy-to-follow technique.
“We have to think of better ways to communicate with families and give them simple tips,” Dr. Cook said, acknowledging that too much parenting advice is complicated and overwhelming. That’s part of why “The Hold” is so appealing: Watch the video once, and you’ll feel ready to try it out.
Just don’t expect it to work every single time.
A truly foolproof baby-calming technique would require magic, not just pediatric expertise.
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Narrator: Those cries and tears can be tough to bear and harder to quiet.
Pediatrician Desmond Runyon: It drives parents crazy and especially a new set of parents who aren’t used to this. It’s normal for babies to cry. They don’t have a lot of other ways of signaling what’s going on in their lives.
Narrator: Desmond Runyon is a practicing pediatrician and professor of pediatrics and social medicine at North Carolina Children’s Hospital at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Doctor: Babies cry for all the reasons you can imagine. They could be hungry, they could want attention, they want stimulation, to being touched. Babies cry. And the parent has to be a little bit of a detective.
Narrator: Fortunately, there are several things you can do to calm your crying baby, starting with looking for the most common culprits.
Doctor: The first thing is, is there something that I need to attend to? Has the baby been fed? Maybe the baby’s hungry again.
Mom: I can tell if she’s hungry because she’ll be sucking on her hand or her little mouth will be trying to get something.
Narrator: It might simply be a case of a dirty diaper.
Doctor: The diaper is a little soiled there.
Narrator: If that’s not it, perhaps your baby needs to burp or pass gas.
To burp him, lightly pat his back.
To help her pass gas, fold your baby’s legs toward her tummy a few times or move them gently in a pedaling motion.
Your baby may be crying because she’s hot or cold. Usually your baby can wear the same number of clothes and layers that you’re wearing.
If it’s cooler than about 68 degrees Fahrenheit, adding one more layer – or swaddling your baby – can help make her more comfortable.
If that fails, your baby might be overtired. Babies need lots of sleep, and very young ones may need some shuteye after being awake for just an hour or two.
Catching sleepiness early can help, since calming an exhausted baby can be even more difficult. Look for early signs of tiring, such as yawning or droopy eyelids.
Sometimes all your baby needs is attention or a change of scenery.
Try making eye contact and talking to her or taking her to another room.
If that’s not it either, your baby’s cries could be prompted by a small irritation, like a hair wrapped around a finger or a clothing label scratching her skin. So inspect even where you least suspect.
If your baby’s cry sounds different than usual, take his temperature and trust your instincts. Don’t hesitate to call his doctor if he’s inconsolable. He may be sick and need medical attention.
Sometimes even after you identify the cause of your baby’s cries, your baby needs some help calming down.
And sometimes babies just cry for no real reason.
That’s when you need a bag of tricks for soothing a fussy baby.
Different babies respond to different methods, and what works one day may not work the next. So just give these comfort techniques a try. Soothing a young baby won’t spoil her.
Motion can work like a charm.
Doctor: You can walk around with the baby. Many people know that their baby starts crying as soon as they stop walking. Driving the car, that motion seems to work. And then just comforting.
Doctor: Sometimes the rocking back and forth like this will do it too.
Babies who have the inner ear stimulated a little bit often stop crying. So, I’ll put a baby in my arms and just gently move around, back and forth. It’s that vestibular stimulation of the inner ear. That’s why rocking chairs work, and so you can either rock a baby in your arms. You can get an infant swing and that appears to make a difference in terms of calming babies.
Narrator: Newborns like to feel as warm and secure as they did in the womb. Try snuggling with your baby or swaddling him in a light blanket. This can calm a young baby almost instantly.
Babies often like noise.
Doctor: Talking and noise makes a big difference. If you think about how loud it’s been for a baby whose ear has been smashed up against your aorta for nine months. And now the world is actually pretty quiet compared to that. And so noise and music and hair dryers make the baby feel a little more at home.
Narrator: Shushing loudly in your baby’s ear or turning her on her side or stomach when she is awake can often help a baby feel more secure.
Sometimes your baby may just want to suckle.
Doctor: So you can give a baby their own hand or you can use a little finger.
Narrator: A pacifier can do the trick too.
Doctor: Most babies can be calmed or quieted.
Narrator: If nothing seems to help – and you know that your baby’s not sick – you may just have to ride it out.
Doctor: Every baby has a fussy period. Some babies have two minutes of fussy period. Some babies have three hours of fussy period. It’s biologic, and it happens in Botswana in hunter-gatherer societies, it happens in the United States, it happens to chimps.
Narrator: Expect crying to intensify between 2 and 4 months, peaking around 3 months, with more crying in the evening. If you find you’re getting overwhelmed or angry, stop trying to calm your baby and give yourself a break.
Doctor: Sometimes you may need to just put your baby down in the crib in – on his or her back, make sure he’s safe and then walk out, and the baby can cry and you can collect yourself, and then take about 15 minutes and go back in and check on the baby.
Narrator: If you’re at the end of your rope, turn to your partner or a friend for relief.
You never want to end up shaking your baby out of frustration or exhaustion, as you may cause irreversible brain damage or even death.
Doctor: You have to recognize that sometimes babies are going to cry, that maybe that there is nothing else to do but just wait it out. And the good news is that babies rarely go to college still crying.
Doctor: Looks like we settled down pretty nicely here.
Mom: Yeah, she’s very calm now.
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When your baby cries, he or she is actually trying to communicate with you. You will hear a wide range of whimpering, whining, crying and screaming when the baby wants your attention. It may take a little time, but eventually, you will be able to distinguish between the different crying sounds that will help you determine what your baby needs.
Different Types of Crying Sounds
Babies are born with very different temperaments. Some are relaxed and easygoing while others seem to be more intense and dramatic. Some may cry occasionally and some cry about every little thing. When your baby does cry, there are different reasons for the crying and different types of crying sounds that your baby will exhibit. The crying will typically happen when the baby is tired, hungry, colicky, overtired, fussy, sick or in pain. In addition to listening to the different cries you should also observe the baby’s facial expressions and body movements which can help you determine why your baby is crying. The easiest cries to distinguish are when the baby is sick or in pain. When your baby is sick, the cry is a low energy, weak whimper, and the baby will look (and be) generally miserable. This is the time to watch for other symptoms of potential illness as well. When a baby is in pain, the cry is sudden, shrill and loud. His face will become red, his eyes will squeeze shut and he may also stiffen his arms and legs. First, you must try to determine what is causing the pain, do what you can to stop it and comfort your little one the best that you can.
Sleepy Baby Cry
When a baby is tired after a busy day, he should easily fall asleep. But when a baby is overtired, he may have a difficult time winding down and may need more time to calm down. Some signs of sleepiness include glazed-over eyes, rubbing of eyes and big yawns. A baby’s sleepy cry sounds breathy and intermittent. The cry has a ‘wah wah’ effect and can build in intensity from a whimper to a full-fledged, quivering wail.
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Hungry Baby Cry
When a baby is hungry, the cry is low-pitched, unrelenting, rhythmic and may come in short bursts. The cry can eventually become high-pitched as well. Other signs that your baby may be hungry is when he smacks his lips, sticks out his tongue, roots for the breast and may even suck on his fingers. This cry itself has an ‘eehh eehh’ sound followed by a quick successive cough-like sound.
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Newborn Baby Cry
Newborn babies cry and fuss approximately three hours a day. Your baby will eventually figure out that when he cries, someone will come and take care of his needs whether it’s a feeding, a diaper change or a simple cuddle. A newborn’s cry can sound like a short series of ‘neh nehs’ that may have a slightly raspy quality accompanied by quick, short gasps and/or squeaks.
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Baby Crying for a Long Time
Some babies cry a lot over a long period of time. If they have episodes of intense, inconsolable crying and nothing seems to comfort them, they may have colic. The definition of colic is crying for more than three hours a day, three days a week for three weeks or longer. The crying may begin suddenly and for no reason. This type of cry has variations in the sounds, there are short ‘eh, eh, eh’ sounds followed by longer ‘wahhh, wahhh, wahhhs’. This cry can be characterized as intense wails or screams accompanied by fidgeting movements.
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On occasion, a baby will have a unique, interesting or downright funny cry. The baby in the following video has more of trilling sound when she cries and her cry sounds like a cross between ‘giving continuous raspberries’ and a little motor.
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You can actually download a free baby crying sound to use as a ringtone for your phone. One option is Zedge.net or you can download the Zedge Ringtones app. You will be able to browse and choose from a wide variety of baby cries that range from a typical crying baby to enhanced remixes of a crying baby. You just register on their website, choose a ringtone and .
If you need a crying baby sound effect, for example, to dub into a video or to help desensitize a dog to a ‘new arrival’, there are many websites, apps or YouTube audio videos to choose from. Yet, another option is to buy the crying baby sounds on iTunes or Amazon music.
When In Doubt Contact Your Doctor
If your baby is incessantly crying, is inconsolable and you simply can’t determine the reason why your baby is crying, you may want to contact your doctor. Be sure to describe how your baby is crying, when she is crying, and whether or not you can comfort her. The doctor may want you to bring her in for an examination.
Keep in mind this is your first means communicating with your baby. It may feel like a lot to figure out, but as your baby becomes a more effective communicator, you’ll become more proficient at understanding him.
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Thousands of videos on YouTube look like versions of popular cartoons but contain disturbing and inappropriate content not suitable for children.
If you’re not paying much attention, it might look like an ordinary video featuring Peppa Pig, the cheeky porcine star of her own animated series. But soon after pressing play on this particular YouTube clip, the plot turns dark. A dentist with a huge syringe appears. Peppa’s teeth get pulled out. Distressed crying can be heard on the soundtrack.
Parent and journalist Laura June almost immediately noticed something was not quite right as her three-year-old daughter was watching it.
“Peppa does a lot of screaming and crying and the dentist is just a bit sadistic and it’s just way, way off what a three-year-old should watch,” June says. She wrote about her experiences on the website The Outline.
“But the animation is like close enough to looking like Peppa – it’s crude but it’s close enough that my daughter was like ‘This is Peppa Pig.'”
It’s far from an isolated case – BBC Trending has found hundreds of similar videos of children’s cartoon characters with inappropriate themes. In addition to Peppa Pig, there are similar videos featuring characters from the Disney movie Frozen, the Minions franchise, Doc McStuffins, Thomas the Tank Engine, and many more.
Some of the videos are parodies or have such over-the-top content that they’re clearly meant for mature audiences. Others are unauthorised copies of authentic cartoons or use the characters in innocent ways – troubling to copyright lawyers perhaps, but not necessarily harmful to children.
However many, like the video Laura June’s daughter saw, both contain disturbing content and can pass for the real cartoons, particularly when viewed by children.
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Hundreds of these videos exist on YouTube, and some generate millions of views. One channel “Toys and Funny Kids Surprise Eggs” is one of the top 100 most watched YouTube accounts in the world – its videos have more than 5 billion views.
Its landing page features a photo of a cute toddler alongside official-looking pictures of Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Cookie Monster, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Elsa from Frozen.
But the videos on the channel have titles like “FROZEN ELSA HUGE SNOT”, “NAKED HULK LOSES HIS PANTS” and “BLOODY ELSA: Frozen Elsa’s Arm is Broken by Spiderman”. They feature animated violence and graphic toilet humour.
The people behind the account didn’t respond to Trending’s request for an interview. We attempted to contact several other producers of similar videos – and got the same result.
How to avoid inappropriate videos on YouTube
• The YouTube Kids app filters out most – but not all – of the disturbing videos.
• YouTube suggests turning on “restricted mode” which can be found at the bottom of YouTube pages:
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• The NSPCC also has a series of guidelines about staying safe online, and there are more resources on the .
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Trending also contacted two companies behind the cartoon series being ripped off, Disney and EntOne – the distributor of Peppa Pig. Neither wanted to comment.
So should parents take more care when it comes to allowing their children to watch cartoons on YouTube?
Sonia Livingstone is an expert on child online safety and professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics,
“It’s perfectly legitimate for a parent to believe that something called Peppa Pig is going to be Peppa Pig,” she says. “And I think many of them have come to trust YouTube… as a way of entertaining your child for ten minutes while the parent makes a phone call. I think if it wants to be a trusted brand then parents should know that protection is in place.”
“I don’t think we want to police it for the whole world,” Livingstone says. “A lot of this material is satirical, creative – or actually offensive but within freedom of expression. What we need is child protection.”
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YouTube did not offer a spokesperson for interview, but in a statement said: “We take feedback very seriously. We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it easy for anyone to flag a video.
“Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any videos that don’t belong in the app are removed within hours. For parents who want a more restricted experience, we recommend that they turn off the Search feature in the app.”
The company also suggested that parents use the YouTube Kids app, which is available for mobile phones and tablets, and turn on “restricted mode” which limits flagged content. It can be found at the bottom of any page on the YouTube site, but cautions that “no filter is 100% accurate”.
And since Trending began investigating, several of the channels that we brought to the attention of YouTube have been removed – including the one containing the video of fake Peppa visiting the dentist.
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Having a newborn can be hard, what with the lack of sleep, constant feeding and crazy nighttime schedules. Having a fussy newborn that won’t stop crying, however, is pretty much the icing on the new parent cake. Luckily one doctor has a solution for that, and it’s pretty darned genius if we do say so ourselves.
Meet paediatrician Robert Hamilton, a doctor with plenty of experience when it comes to crying babies. He is, after all, the one who gives them their shots.
In a YouTube video, above, the doctor demonstrates how to easily stop any baby from crying with a simple four-step holding technique designed to comfort and sooth. He calls it, “The Hold:”
1. Fold the baby’s arms across his or her chest
2. Secure the arms after folded
3. Gently grab the diaper area with your dominant hand
4. Hold they baby at a 45 degree angle and gently rock
That’s it. If you’re doing it right the baby should stop crying and simply be. According to the doctor it’s a technique he’s perfected over his years, and we have to say that watching him, we’d agree.
Of course it won’t work every single time. If the baby continues to cry, Dr. Hamilton advises the baby could be sick or hungry. Also, while the technique is gold for babies up to about two to three months, after that they get too heavy and become impossible to hold that way.
We’re kind of dying to try it out, but of course we’d need a new baby for that. In the meantime, we’ll just watch this video again for an extra dose of cuteness.