Is It Ok to Let Your Baby Cry?

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Is it natural and even safe to let your baby cry? It’s difficult to say since it seems to be a topic most moms have many opinions about. As parents, we tend to experiment on sound solutions when trying to find the best techniques to care for our little ones.

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How many minutes can you allow a baby to cry before attempting to get them to stop?

Many people, even physicians, will tell you it is perfectly fine to let your baby cry. Some physicians even advise that the amount of minutes you can let a baby cry can be calculated by multiplying their age in month times 5 minutes. So if your child is 2 months old, you can let him or her cry for 10 minutes.

What science says

Is It Ok to Let Your Baby Cry?Science tells us that when babies cry alone and unattended, they experience panic and anxiety. Their bodies and brains are flooded with adrenaline and cortisol stress hormones. According to scientific studies, brain tissue is exposed to these hormones for prolonged periods these nerves won’t form connections to other nerves and will degenerate.’’[1].

Parents naturally love their children unconditionally. To put them in harm’s way would not only have them questioning their parenting skills, but make them uneasy about the possibility of keeping their child from maximizing his or her potential, because they were left to cry. So what do you do when all of your emotions, patience, and overall health are sacrificed because you’re guilty of letting your baby cry?

Your baby’s anxiety

A baby who is deprived of its mother’s love for just two minutes is anxious about being ignored again the next day, a study found.[2] It is impossible to be at your baby’s every beck and call without you questioning where your sanity is going. How could this be good for either of you? Your baby will lack discipline and your sanity may slowly get lost.

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It can be a win-win

Further studies show that babies who are given the attention they need have lower stress levels, which in many ways can affect their overall health. Stress is known to lower the immune system, which means the baby is prone to illness.

The cries of a baby can also turn to fear of future abandonment. When a baby is left to cry, it’s known to grow other negative health conditions, such as depression and even anxiety. Anxiety has the potential to make everyone unhappy, including parents and any others who are surrounded by all the crying.

Emotions are infectious. When your baby is happy, you’re more than likely to be happy. If you’re tired or feeling fatigue, a baby’s smile has the potential to give you the sudden burst of energy to push through a long day, eventually making it all a win-win situation.

References

  1. Science Says: Excessive Crying Could Be Harmful
  2. Stressed out: Studies show babies become anxious if ignored for even two minutes by mother