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Launch Of ICON Programme

29 October 2020

We are pleased to introduce the ICON* programme to the Trust to support parents and carers and reduce the numbers of babies being admitted to hospital with suspected Abusive Head Trauma of non-accidental origin.  

ICON is an evidenced-based programme designed to help parents and carers understand the normal crying pattern of young infants and help them develop successful coping mechanisms to manage the stresses which can be caused by normal infant crying. 

The ICON programme delivers four simple messages before the birth and in the first few months of a baby’s life:  

* I – Infant crying is normal   

* C –Comforting methods can help   

* O – It’s OK to walk away   

* N – Never, ever shake a baby   

The programme was created by Dr Suzanne Smith PhD following a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship to USA and Canada in 2016 which included the study of effective interventions and research into the prevention of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT).   

Research suggests that some lose control when a baby’s crying becomes too much.  Some go on to shake a baby with devastating consequences.  Suzanne found that the most effective evidence based programmes studied provide a simple message that supports parents/care givers to cope with infant crying.   

Apart from preventing AHT, most people who have ever cared for a baby appreciate some advice about how to comfort a crying baby and how to cope when it goes on for a long time. 

You can find out more information on the national ICON website which can be visited here - https://iconcope.org/