Thursday, 18 April 2013

Study: The best place for a crying baby is in caregiver's arms

Study: The best place for a crying baby is in caregiver's arms, According to Health Day News, in an article published Thursday in Current Biology, researchers found that when fussing or crying babies are picked up, they experience an automatic calming reaction.

It's already a fact that you cannot spoil an infant, as they do not have the developed mental skills to manipulate.

Holding a child also does not make them dependent, in fact, it promotes the opposite. Babies spend more time in a "quiet, alert state" when carried - the ideal state for learning. Studies indicate that 'worn' babies have improved visual and auditory alertness relative to children that are frequently left on the floor or in a crib or playpen.

It also could help explain why calm babies start crying as soon as they are put down. This insight could help ease parents' frustration and help prevent child abuse, the researchers said.

This infant response reduces maternal burden of carrying and is beneficial for both the mother and the infant," explained one of the study authors, Dr Kumi Kuroda.

In experiments involving ECG machines, which measure electrical activity of the heart, they found that babies' heart rates slow down greatly as soon as they are picked up and carried.

Using a very small ECG system, they were also able to observe the same phenomenon in mice.

In studying the response of human babies when carried by their mothers, the researchers found that their heart rates slowed immediately when they were picked up. They also stopped moving.

Kuroda added, "Although our study was done on mothers, we believe that this is not specific to them and [the findings] could be applied to any primary caregiver."

Using a comfortable carrier of wrap can help bonding experiences and leave your hands free.

Other benefits of babywearing

In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that babywearing for three hours a day reduced infant crying by 43 percent overall and 54 percent during evening hours.
Babies are quickly able to develop a sense of security and trust when they are carried. They are more likely to be securely attached to their care-giver(s) and often become independent at an earlier age.

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