Normal play activity − such as holding babies in the air and jiggling them − will not cause the brain injuries known as shaken baby syndrome. It takes more forceful shakes.
If you have a fussy baby who has been fed and has a clean diaper, attempt to soothe her with talking, singing, rocking, walking or car rides. Sometimes, nothing helps. If the crying continues, and you’ve tried everything to help, you may simply need to put the baby in her crib and let her cry until she stops or goes to sleep. If you feel yourself losing control, put your baby down and ask a friend, relative or neighbor for help.
Parents should discuss the dangers of shaking with all of the baby’s caregivers, including spouses, significant others, grandparents, siblings, baby sitters and day care providers.