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Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) – also known as 'shaken baby syndrome' – causes catastrophic brain injuries, which can lead to death, or significant long term health and learning disabilities. AHT is not restricted to specific socio-economic groups – it can occur in any environment, when a parent or carer is on the edge due to infant crying.

ICON: Babies Cry, You can cope

The programme – ICON: Babies Cry, You Can Cope! – provides key messages and resources to let parents and carers know that infant crying is normal and there are methods which can be taken in order to cope.  Resources include leaflets, posters and video clips which can be shared with parents and carers at any contact had with midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers, and other professionals working with families.

The ICON Key Messages are:

 When crying gets to much - Remember I - Infant crying is normal, it will stop, C - Comfort methords can soothe the baby and the crying will stop, O - Its Okay to walk away if you have checked the baby is safe and the crying is getting to you, N - Never, ever shake or hurt a baby.

Resources available:

If you work in Dudley, you may be able to access eLearning on ICON: Babies Cry, You can Cope! Via the DSPP Learning Zone.

If you would like to learn more about ICON please visit their website: