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April 16, 2020 Thursday 04:51:36 PM IST

Infant crying not harmful for development

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Infants aged 18 months who are left to 'cry it out' learn to self-regulate and provide a first sense of self, according to a study done by University of Warwick, UK. The behaviour development or attachment of an infant to a caregiver or parent is not affected adversely by being left to 'cry it out' a few times or often. Researchers followed 178 infants and their mums over 18 months and repeatedly assessed whether parents intervened immediately when baby cried or let the baby let it cry out a few times or often. They found that it made little difference to the baby’s development by 18 months. In fact, they found leaving babies to cry it out a few times at term and often at 3 months was associated with shorter crying duration at 18 months.

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