Posts Tagged ‘Ferber’

Babies and Breathing – Cry It Out Method and Waterboarding (Part 2)

June 22, 2011 4 comments

Part one of the series talked about four important changes that happens in respiration.  Part two will continue to scientifically build upon the consequences for using the “cry-it-out” method.

An important concept to once again remember is that anatomical development precedes  functional development.  Babies are not fully functional at birth.  They all have their eyes, ears, hands and feet, heart thumping, etc.  however they are still growing – not in the mother’s womb but out in the real world as “immature” human beings.  People tend to associate the word “immature” with psychological aspects but in this case this applies to anatomic, physical immaturity.  Not being mature is not good or bad but frankly this just tells us that the child is not ready for certain tasks.  For example, a baby sits before he/she can crawl.  This is due to continued  development of bodily coordination which matures throughout life. Read more…

Babies and Breathing – Cry It Out Method and Waterboarding (Part 1)

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Cry-it-out method and waterboarding.

Many parents have read about the controversy on the Ferber method, more famously known as the  “cry-it-out” method.  The goal of this method essentially claims to help the baby soothe him/herself to sleep.  This article will not try to attempt to explain the pros and cons for using this method for sleep training.  Rather it will scientifically focus on the implications of using such a method.  This article is a two-part series which will first focus on the anatomic and physiological changes in respiration.   Part two will focus on the importance of maintaining an unrestricted airway and why prolonged crying is not recommended especially during the first six months after birth. Read more…