Half of all new babies cry and fuss more than two hours per day.
Their prolonged crying often triggers exhaustion, breastfeeding failure, marital stress, maternal depression and even child abuse.
St. Vincent Clay Hospital hopes to eliminate this with The Happiest Baby on the Block classes.
The hospital will offer the classes to parents in Clay County. The classes will deliver the opportunity to learn techniques for quickly calming fussy babies and helping them to sleep longer.
In his best-selling book and award winning video, "The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Baby Sleep Longer," Dr. Harvey Karp solves a 3,000-year-old puzzle, "what causes colicky crying?"
More importantly, he answers, "How can parents soothe their baby's screams in minutes, or less?"
The vision of the program is to teach parents simple, effective and fun techniques to soothe babies' cries and help them sleep a little longer.
Through Dr. Karp's research, he has developed four basic principles that are crucial for understanding babies as well as improving their sleep and soothing their senses, including:
* The Missing Fourth Trimester. As odd as it may sound, one of the main reasons babies cry is because they are born three months too soon,
* The Calming Reflex. The automatic reset switch to stop crying of any baby in the first few months of life,
* The five S's. The simple steps that trigger the calming reflex. Unlike other books that merely list the techniques, Dr. Karp teaches parents exactly how to guide infants to calm and other babies to serenity in minutes, and
* The Cuddle Care. The perfect mix of the five S's that can soothe even the most colicky of infants.
Through funding by The United Way of the Wabash Valley and the support of the Hamilton Center, Inc., these classes will be available Tuesday, April 29.
St. Vincent will host a class from 6-8 p.m. in the medical office building community room.
Registration is $5 per family, which includes Dr. Karp's DVD and a soothing sounds CD that retails close to $40. Those interested in attending will also receive a swaddling blanket.
Participants only need to attend one time to learn the techniques.
All new, or expectant parents, or any other care provider is welcome. Infants are welcome as well.
For more information, call 812-251-9675.