Quantcast

Your Healthy Family: Cry it out method will not harm infants - KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Your Healthy Family: Cry it out method will not harm infants

Posted: Updated:
One of the biggest challenges and dilemmas new parents can face is teaching a child healthy sleep habits. One of the biggest challenges and dilemmas new parents can face is teaching a child healthy sleep habits.
COLORADO SPRINGS -

One of the biggest challenges and dilemmas new parents can face is teaching a child healthy sleep habits.  The trouble is nothing makes a parent want to answer the needs of a child more than their cry, but when you're trying to teach an infant to sleep through the night the cry it out method can be emotional torture.  Pediatricians say a measured approach can be best for the child and parents.

Dr. Eva Kubiczek-Love is a Pediatrician with Cleveland Clinic, who says, "I wait one minute and then I go in, and then maybe the next night I wait two minutes and then I go in.  I think if parents have that sort of acclimated or titrated way of doing it, they're going to do better than keeping their hand on the door knob and never going in."

Dr. Kubiczek-Love adds that studies say letting babies cry themselves to sleep does not cause any long term emotional or behavioral harm to the child.  In fact, babies who were put to bed using the gradual extinction method, or the bedtime fading method where bedtime is moved later to get the baby to fall asleep sooner, actually fell asleep quicker than those using other methods.  It can still be stressful on parents to let their child cry for long periods of time, but Dr. Kubiczek-Love says it comes down to parents learning their baby's sleep cycle, which is still developing in their first year.

"You want to start sleep training no later than six months, which means establishing a routine, really making sure that they're in the rhythm of understanding, 'oh, we're going to calm down, have a soothing environment, and okay now it's time for me to go to sleep."

The most important thing parents can do when it comes to sleep training is like almost anything with parenting, be consistent.  If you have any questions follow up with your pediatrician.

Top Trending Videos

WEATHER
Drive the Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Shooting fallout: Man smashes assault rifle

    Shooting fallout: Man smashes assault rifle

    Saturday, November 18 2017 6:04 AM EST2017-11-18 11:04:59 GMT
    Chad Vachter smashes his AR-15 with a sledgehammer.Chad Vachter smashes his AR-15 with a sledgehammer.

    A California man took a hammer to his AR15, smashing the gun to bits, and is challenging other gun owners to destroy their assault weapons as well.

    A California man took a hammer to his AR15, smashing the gun to bits, and is challenging other gun owners to destroy their assault weapons as well.

  • Body found near Arkansas River in Texas Creek area

    Body found near Arkansas River in Texas Creek area

    Saturday, November 18 2017 12:18 AM EST2017-11-18 05:18:51 GMT

    Deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office say a body has been found near the Arkansas River in the Texas Creek area. The discovery was made around sunset at 5 p.m. when investigators responded. It is unclear if the body belongs to a man or woman or any other identifying information. 

    Deputies from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office say a body has been found near the Arkansas River in the Texas Creek area. The discovery was made around sunset at 5 p.m. when investigators responded. It is unclear if the body belongs to a man or woman or any other identifying information. 

  • AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

    AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

    Saturday, November 18 2017 10:50 AM EST2017-11-18 15:50:29 GMT
    AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young at a photoshoot in 2003.AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young at a photoshoot in 2003.

    NEW YORK (AP) - Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday.

    NEW YORK (AP) - Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday.

Powered by Frankly

© KOAA.com 2017, KOAA.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?