How To Calm A Crying Baby - Dr. Robert Hamilton Demonstrates "The Hold" (Official)

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hello friends it's a wonderful day here

at Pacific Ocean Pediatrics in Santa

Monica California my name is Bob

Hamilton I'm a pediatrician I've been

doing it now for about 30 years one of

the great joys I've had in life is I've

been able to care for literally

thousands of newborn children one of the

challenges that pediatricians have in

taking care of children is trying to

communicate clear and precise

information to their parents a lot of

times over a baby who's crying very very

loud and I have utilized a technique

that I called the hold over the years

which is very helpful in calming

children and keeping them quiet so today

I'd like to show you how I do that this

is simple hold I think you'll understand

come with me now into one of my

consultation rooms I'll show you how I

do it here we have a crying baby and he

just got a shot here so this is ashton

and here's what we do so we pick up

ashton i fold his right arm like this

and then his left arm in front and then

very gently hold his arms like this hold

his little bottom and gently rock him up

and down just like that and even though

he just got a shot look at that leg nice

and big ouch on that leg there you can

see that you can comfort him and quiet

him again I'm holding with my right hand

his little bottom I'm gently shaking him

back and forth we rock him up and down

very gently sometimes we stir him to the

left and we serve him to the right and

there's our baby here we have another

little crying baby he's just got to shut

and I'm gonna go ahead and pick up this

little guy and again I take his left arm

his right arm I'm sorry and put it

across his body then his left arm across

the body like that I hold it grab his

little bottom and very gently rock him

up and down they at a 45 degree angle


can see that he comforts pretty quickly

really this is a good baby

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 your hands now with

your fingertips okay and again I am

supporting his chin he's lifting his

head up here which is why you hold him

at a 45 degree angle you never want to

put him like this because they can throw

their head back and you can lose control

the baby very quickly and you can see

I'm rolling my finger around his chin

and look at him this is a Content little

baby he he just got a shot but he you

guys I'm tough dr. Hamilton I can do

that so this is a good baby

so there you have it we've met a couple

of beautiful babies and lovely mothers

and to recap it like to go through four

points number one you fold the arms

across the chest

number two you secure the arms after

they're folded number three you gently

grab the diaper area with your dominant

hand and then number four at a 45 degree

angle you gently rock the baby up and

down you can shake their booty and

generally by doing this the child will

quiet down finally if your baby does not

quiet down think about two things maybe

your baby's not feeling well they're

Hill or number two maybe your baby is

hungry finally I find that the hold is

very helpful for the first two to three

months of age after that your baby

becomes too heavy and it's very

difficult to hold a baby at that point

so hopefully this is helpful to you

thank you for your attention

best my best to your family