Do you have or know of someone with a crying baby? Perhaps you’ve been in a waiting room, and there was a baby who just wouldn’t stop bawling. Well, this doctor has a four-step method to stop those tears. He says he’s been using for years within his office.
In Santa Monica, California, Dr. Robert C. Hamilton, pediatrician, says that “the Hold” is the key. According to 11-ALIVE News, it’s a technique Dr. Hamilton coins as a way to calm crying infants.
To get right to the steps, they are as follows.
Step 1: Fold the baby’s arms across his or her chest.
Step 2: Gently secure the baby’s arms
Step 3: Grasp diaper area
Step 4: Gently rock the baby at 45-degree angle.
It might make better sense if you watch the doctor perform the procedure on an infant. A video demonstration can be found below.
Dr. Robert Hamilton and his wife, Leslie, have adequate experience in using this technique. According to the news source, they have six children of their own, as well as three grandchildren. The couple has also given time during foreign missions to the care of children. They’ve participated in 17 medical missions within Africa via Lighthouse Medical Mission, as notes his YouTube page.
Dr. Hamilton has been a pediatrician for over 30 years. He mentioned that one main problem pediatricians face is a communications barrier. Hamilton says that barrier is, many times, a baby who’s “crying very, very loudly.” Thus, it’s difficult to hear what is being said doctor-to-parent due to crying.
Nevertheless, for the age range, he says that the process is guaranteed to work. After demonstrating on several babies, you can see that it does have immediate effects. While giving a demonstration, he adds the following note.
“Everything you do, you want it to be gentle. You don’t want to do jerking motions, ever. You hold the child with the fleshy part of your hand, not with your fingertips. And, again, I am supporting [the baby’s] chin.”
The doctor mentions the chin support because parents have questioned his hand position. Some have noted that he’s possibly choking the baby, as can be seen in the comment area of the video. However, that’s not the case.
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Also, Dr. Hamilton mentions that it’s important to hold the child at a 45-degree angle because — if held vertically — it’s possible for babies to throw their heads back, and you could lose control of their stability, possibly causing injury. In general circumstances, Dr. Hamilton says that a crying baby will calm down during this technique. However, there are times when it may not work.
To this — after applying the technique — the continued baby’s cry is an indication that something else may be wrong. The doctor notes that it’s possible your baby isn’t feeling well and is ill. Or, also, it’s possible that your child is just hungry.
Primarily, the doctor says that the calming technique is applicable for about the first two to three months of age. He suggests that, after that time, the baby becomes too heavy for the average parent to handle in that manner.
US pediatrician Robert Hamilton claims his ‘hold’ can soothe wailing babies https://t.co/R2k3e1Svfg
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Overall, this video has generated over nine million views since its upload on November 29. It’s plain to see that many people are interested in calming a baby’s cry. In the comments, Dr. Hamilton mentioned as follows.
“Thank you to all those who have logged on to see how I comfort crying babies. My hope is this will bring some peace to your lives and to our world!!”
Dr. Robert Hamilton is one of the doctors at Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, in Santa Monica, California. According to the website’s “Meet the Doctors” page, it notes as follows.
“He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from University of California, Davis and from there he came to UCLA for medical school and pediatric residency. He remained for an additional year and served as Chief Resident for one year before going into private practice in Santa Monica.”
What do you think about using “the hold” technique to calm crying babies? Are you going to try it? Remember, it’s for babies 3-months-old or younger, according to the doctor.
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