ICON is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying.
“Babies Cry, You Can Cope – never, ever shake or hurt a baby” is the message from ‘ICON’ – a national programme of interventions and awareness that aims to help parents and carers to cope with a crying baby.
ICON is an evidence based programme, consisting of a series of brief ‘touchpoint’ interventions that reinforce the simple message making
up the ICON acronym. The programme, which was founded by Dr Suzanne Smith PhD, was conceived following years of study and research into prevention of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT). Each ‘touch point’ is brief but reinforces the simple evidence based four point message which makes up the ICON acronym:
I – Infant crying is normal and it will stop.
C – Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop.
O – It’s Ok 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.
ICON is well embedded with health services across Cheshire and is
going from strength to strength.
You can read more here (opens ICON Website)