Effective ways to help calm down a crying child

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Why do children cry? - A young child is a complex character of emotions. They have big feelings that they cannot always communicate.

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Reasons to cry - Just like babies, kids cry when they feel pain, fear, sadness, frustration, confusion, anger, and when they cannot express their feelings. 

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Talking through the problem - Once your toddler can talk, it will be much easier for them to express why they're upset and for you to understand what they need.

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They're tired - Small children sometimes cry to release tension when they are overtired or overstimulated.

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More tears than usual - Being tired and overly emotional can induce more tears than usual.

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Getting enough rest - Parents should make sure that toddlers are getting enough rest either through daytime naps or nighttime sleep

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The need to sleep - Kids between six and 12, on the other hand, should get between nine to 12 hours of sleep.

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They're hungry - All children cry at times when they're hungry. In fact, it's one of the biggest reasons kids shed tears in the first place.

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Burning up the calories - Boys and girls who are moderately active at four years old need 1,400 calories/day, and five year olds need 1,400 calories/day. 

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They're overstimulated - Signs of overstimulation include tiredness, crying, irritability, tantrums, and refusal to cooperate. Cue the tears!

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Reduce noise and activity - Reducing noise and activity, speaking quietly, or setting up a quiet activity can help counter overstimulation.

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Calming down methods - So much for the reasons your child may be crying. But how do you go about drying the tears and calming a youngster down?

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Stay calm - In situations like this, it's best to stay calm and focused, even if your little one is making one almighty scene in public. 

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Avoid saying "stop crying" - Kids cry. Get used to it. Telling a child to "stop crying" serves no useful purpose.

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Keep to a schedule - Schedules also help to make sure they are getting the sleep they need for their growing bodies, and sets the clock for mealtimes.

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