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Soothing a Non-Stop Crying Baby: Try Role-Playing Guidance

Have you ever encountered a situation where your child just won't stop crying, no matter how much you try to comfort them? An infant or toddler's ability to regulate emotions not only affects their behavior but is also closely linked to their future social interactions.

Innate temperament, the integration of brain and nervous systems, subsequent cognitive development, environment, and experiences, particularly interactions with caregivers, all influence a child's ability to control and regulate emotions. Depending on the child's age, parents should employ different approaches.

For infants and toddlers who cannot express themselves verbally, start by ruling out physiological factors like hunger, diaper changes, illness, or tiredness. Intervene through sensory integration, such as providing gentle hugs, caresses, tactile stimulation, or gentle rocking to stimulate the brain's nervous system and produce a calming effect. You can also use toys or objects to divert the child's attention.

For children aged 3 and above who have developed language comprehension skills, use yes-or-no questions like "Are you...?" to help them define and express their emotions. Use multiple-choice questions to identify reasons and then model acceptable coping strategies using questions like "So, can you...?" to control and resolve the issue.

Caregivers can proactively observe situations that trigger negative emotions in the child and then create similar but less intense scenarios. Engaging in role-playing games can help guide the child to face these situations repeatedly and teach them acceptable responses. Don't expect the child to express and control their emotions perfectly all at once; practice in segments and provide positive feedback, such as praise. Gradually introduce different scenarios and strategies for learning.

Parents should remain calm when their child loses emotional control. A firm but gentle approach is more effective than anger or scolding, as these can foster a sense of helplessness and increase negative emotions. If the child is crying simply to gain attention, especially in children over 1 year old, excessive soothing may teach them to use crying as a means of getting attention.

Every child is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to address emotional regulation difficulties. Families must carefully observe their child's characteristics, select a set of guidelines, and stick to them, ensuring that the child doesn't feel lost. This is the unchanging principle of raising children.


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