Tahoe Women’s Services: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – One of the biggest factors contributing to child abuse is parental stress. Almost every parent has moments when their child pushes them to the limit. Every last ounce of patience has dissolved. Desperation has seeped into their exhausted body. These moments happen to all parents. That’s why it’s so important for parents to prepare themselves with information on things they can do and places they can turn for help.
One of the most challenging times as a parent is during the first year of a baby’s life (although parents of teenagers may disagree). Baby experts offer these pointers for parents to keep their sanity and keep their babies safe:
• Remember it is normal for babies to cry. A baby’s crying is not a reflection of your parenting skills. A baby’s cry is an attempt to communicate.
• Take deep breaths and count to 10. Find relaxation techniques that work for you. A calm parent is an effective parent.
• Be patient with your baby and be patient with yourself.
• Try new things to soothe your baby: Car rides, walking outside, stroller rides, baby massage, music or white noise, or singing.
• Take a break. Once you’ve met all of baby’s basic needs, it’s OK to let him/her cry for a while. Put him in a safe place and check on him every five minutes.
• Ask or accept help from family, friends, neighbors, help hotlines, or local parent support organizations. For a list of resources contact Communities 4 Kids at 530-587-2569.
• Never shake a baby. Only severe shaking causes injuries, but those injuries can be serious or even fatal. Shaking a baby can cause eye injuries or brain damage, sometimes even death.
• Before shaking a baby, ask for help. Key to preventing child abuse is parents finding strategies to cope with frustration and stress. If you would like more information on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, contact Communities 4 Kids.
Join Tahoe Women’s Services and Communities 4 Kids in honoring Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Pinwheels are the new symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. Show your support for the cause! With the purchase of a pinwheel from local participating businesses, join the fight to keep children safe.
– Tahoe Women’s Services is committed to reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. Visit http://www.tahoewomenservices.org.
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