Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello friends, it's a wonderful day here at Pacific Ocean Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California. My name is Bob Hamilton, I'm a pediatrician. I've been doing it now for about thirty years. One of the great joys I've had in life is that I've been able to care for literally thousands of newborn children. One of the challenges that pediatricians have in taking care of children is trying to communicate clear and precise information to their parents, a lot of times, over a baby who is crying very very loud. And I have utilized a technique that I called "The Hold" over the years, which is very helpful in calming children and keeping them quiet. So today I'd like to show you how I do that. It's a simple hold, I think you'll understand. Come with me now into one of my consultation rooms, I'll show you how I do it. Here we have a crying baby. And he just got a shot here so, this is Ashton. And here's what we do, so we pick up Ashton. I fold his right arm like this and then his left arm in front, and then very gently hold his arms like this, hold his little bottom and gently rock him up and down. Just like that, and even though he just got a shot. Look at that leg, that's a big ouch on that leg there. You can see that you can comfort him and quiet him. Again I'm holding with my right hand his little bottom. I'm gently shaking him back and forth, we rock him up and down very gently. Sometimes we stir him to the left, and we stir him to the right. And... there's our baby. Here we have another little crying baby who just got a shot, and I'm gonna go ahead and pick up this little guy. And again I take his left arm, his right arm I'm sorry, and put it across his body and his left arm across his body like that, I hold it. Grab his little bottom, and very gently rock him up and down at a 45 degree angle. You can see that he comforts pretty quickly, really this is a good baby. I shake his little booty like that, I gently rock him. Everything you do is very gentle. You don't want to do jerky motions ever. You hold the child with the fleshy part of your hands, not with your fingertips. And again, I'm supporting his chin, he's lifting his head up here which is why you hold him at a 45 degree angle. You never wanna put them like this, because they can throw their head back, and you can lose control of the baby very quickly. And you can see I'm rolling my finger around his chin, and look at him! This is a content little baby. He just got a shot. But he, he goes "I'm tough! Doctor Hamilton. I can do that." So this is a good baby. So there you have it, we've met a couple of beautiful babies and lovely mothers. And to recap I'd like to go through four points. Number one, you fold the arms across the chest. Number two, you secure the arms after they're folded. Number three, you gently grab the diaper area with your dominant hand. And then number four, at a 45 degree angle, you gently rock the baby up and down. You can shake their booty, and generally by doing this the child will quiet down. Finally, if your baby does not quiet down, think about two things. Maybe your baby's not feeling well? They're ill? Or number two, maybe your baby is hungry. Finally I find that "The Hold" is very helpful for the first two to three months of age, after that your baby becomes too heavy, and it's very difficult to hold a baby at that point. So hopefully this is helpful to you, thank you for your attention. My best to your family.