When it comes to raising children, everyone seems to have a personal opinion, especially parents! But there are so many controversial topics! Is there a right or wrong way to raise your children? There are things that it is good and not good to do them? Of course, some are more important than others. Here, however, a pediatrician said recently that babies should sleep with the mother until the age of three years.
Dr. Nils Bergman, of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, holds that, for optimal development, healthy babies should sleep at the mother’s breast at least in the first weeks of life. Even then, he is of the opinion that babies should sleep in the bed with parents at least until the age of three or even four years.
Because of the fear generated by the propaganda made with respect to the risk of sudden death (sudden infant death syndrome in children)-which suggests that a parent might turn while sleeping and to suffocate the baby-sleeping together with the child is not encouraged and in fact, a recent British study shows that in two thirds of cases, sudden death of baby came in situations where the child was sleeping with his parents.
But, according to Dr. Bergman, “when babies choke and die, it is not because of the mother. Other reasons are toxic gas, cigarettes, alcohol, large cushions and toys that are dangerous.
“A recent study monitored the 16 babies sleeping with their mother in the same bed. It was discovered that the baby’s heart is at stress three times higher when sleeping alone. In the case of sudden death syndrome, the restless sleep of babies, and their brains do not work to make the transition between the two types of sleep, called active and passive.
In the sudden death syndrome, only 6 of 16 babies have had a passive sleep, and sleep quality was much worse. Dr. Bergman explained further that changes in the brain, stress hormone, can hamper the ability to form close relationships and interpersonal connections later in life.
Another study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry monitored results at 73 preterm babies who received a kangaroo-style care (Kangoroo), meaning they were held very close to the mother’s body and three other premature babies who were If kept in the incubator. The study participants were monitored over a period of 10 years, with the following results: Kangaroo-style Care increased autonomous operation of Anatomy (respiratory sinus arrhythmia,) attachment and maternal postpartum period, reduced the maternal anxiety and has spurred child cognitive development and executive functions from 6 months to 10 years. Around the age of 10, children that received kangaroo care have an attenuated stress reaction, respiratory sinus arrhythmia, improved sleep and cognitive control organized better. RSA and maternal behavior came together and formed a dynamic, leading to improved physiology better, executive functions and a reciprocal relationship mother-child at 10 years.
Charitable organization The National Childbirth Trust, which supports the natural birth and breastfeeding, also support sleeping in the same bed with the baby’s parents, if those did not drink, or smoke, don’t do drugs, not obese, not suffer from chronic illnesses or chronic fatigue, all of which can affect in some way or another to the baby’s health. But one topic remains controversial. Many believe that sleeping together is the ideal solution, and certainly was a commune until baby cots for children began to be accessible and convenient.
There are many advantages, but it is important to take into consideration and the potential risks involved. We all know that babies need to be held in his arms, caress, and love; they need to feel protected and safe and how they might feel this way when they sleep alone in their cribs? Well, if we think it makes sense.
Every parent does what he thinks is best for the child, but can often be influenced by the people around. How many times have we heard comments like “Oh, you shouldn’t pick him up in your arms, let him cry, he won’t be independent, will be too attached to their parents ‘?
In conclusion, they are kids and can’t care for themselves. And a mother’s instinct is natural.