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Pediatrician Reveals His Secret for Soothing a Crying Baby

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"The Hold" soothes a crying infant

Here’s one secret a pediatrician discovered that will soothe a crying baby very quickly.


According to a recent CBS News report, Dr. Robert Hamilton, a pediatrician and father of six from Santa Monica, California, says the secret to soothing a crying baby is utilizing his technique that he dubs "The Hold" that has gone viral with more than 1.6 million views on the internet.

“The Hold” is described as a special cradling technique where the infant’s arms are folded across its chest while holding the infant with one hand around its chest and one hand under its bottom, followed by a gentle back and forth rocking motion―a technique that appears to work almost immediately.

“You can see that he comforts pretty quickly," says Dr. Hamilton as he demonstrates his technique on a YouTube video pointing out that it's important to hold the child at an angle, not straight up and down, to maintain control. “I shake his little booty like that, I gently rock him―everything you do is very gentle, you don't want to do jerky motions ever. You hold the child with the fleshy part of your hand, not your fingertips. And I am supporting his chin."

“The Hold” is comprised of these 4 simple steps:

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1. Fold the baby's arms across the chest
2. Secure arms gently
3. Grasp diaper area
4. Rock at 45-degree angle

Here is a video demonstrating how to perform “The Hold” effectively”

Dr. Hamilton advises parents that if the infant fails to stop crying after using “The Hold” that it is then time to consider whether the child is not feeling well or may be hungry.

For more about how to soothe a crying baby, here is an informative article with more videos on how to stop your baby from crying.

Reference: CBS News “How to calm a crying baby: Pediatrician's video goes viral”