Small children sometimes cry to release tension when they are
overtired or overstimulated. This happens when they have been held by a lot of
people in a short amount of time or exposed to lots of noise, bright lights,
loud voices, or music.
You can protect your child from becoming overtired by keeping a
regular routine for meals, naps, and play times.
If your child is crying because he or she is overtired or
overstimulated, try the following:
Reduce the noise in the room.
the amount of movement and visual stimulation in the room. Turn down the lights
and ask others not to bother your child.
Turn on a continuous,
monotonous sound, such as a vacuum cleaner or a recording of ocean waves.
Sometimes these sounds soothe and relax a child.
Place your child
in a safe place, close the door, and set a kitchen timer for 15 to 20 minutes.
If your child has not settled down after 15 to 20 minutes, check to see whether
there is another reason for his or her crying.
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