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An intervention package helps parents of excessively crying babies

Parents and healthcare professionals endorse use of selected support materials to help parents of excessively crying babies

 

Parents and healthcare professionals endorse use of selected support materials to help parents of excessively crying babies

An intervention package to support parents of excessively crying babies reduced parental frustration, anxiety and depression, and increased knowledge about crying
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An intervention package to support parents of excessively crying babies reduced parental frustration, anxiety and depression, and increased knowledge about crying.

Dealing with a continually crying baby can be distressing, and parental vulnerabilities influence responses to the crying and predict adverse outcomes for the baby. 

This study undertook a literature review to identify evidence-based support materials, worked with groups of parents and health visitors (HVs) to evaluate example materials, designed and piloted a web and group-based intervention with 52 parents with current excessive crying babies, and explored HVs' willingness to use the support package.  

Including resources in the NHS

A significant 95% of the parents accessed the website or printed materials and 51% attended the group-based session. 

All parents and 85% (of 124) HVs/specialist community public health nurses supported the inclusion of the package in the NHS. 

A full trial is now required. 


Reference

St James-Roberts I, Garratt R, Powell C et al (2019) A support package for parents of excessively crying infants: development and feasibility study. Health Technology Assessment. 23, 56, 1-144. doi: 10.3310/hta23560


Vari Drennan is professor of healthcare and policy research at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London

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