Letting Sleepless Babies Cry May Be Useful, Study Concludes

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“Ferberizing” is a technique used in which parents gradually lengths the time, for how long they let their babies cry before soothing them.

“Camping out” on the other hand involves moving further away from the crib a night at a time until baby can get to sleep on her own.

In an Australian study, the above mentioned techniques have shown to be successfully used by moms. The researchers evaluated the children who had been part of the original study five years later. At age 6, there was no evidence of harm. However, long-term benefit for those kids whose parents used the sleep techniques was seen.

Therefore, the researchers concluded, “parents can feel confident using, and health professionals can feel confident offering behavioral techniques such as controlled comforting and camping out for managing infant sleep.” The findings appeared in the latest issue of Pediatrics.