As a parent, you sometimes need a white board, dry erase markers, and Albert Einstein’s mind to figure out why your infant is bawling their eyes out. Are they wet? Gassy? Tired? Hungry? Scared? You may spend hours going through every tool in your arsenal to try and calm your little one down. For many mamas and pops, that could mean feeding their kiddo on demand. But now researchers suggest parents rethink their initial soothing techniques, because feeding a crying baby could impact their health later in life.
According to the New York Times, researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine found that parents who used calming strategies other than feeding had babies who more likely to sleep better and less likely to be overweight than their counterparts. The results came from an intervention trial, known as the Insight study, where parents learned to try alternative soothing techniques such as swaddling, repositioning, playing white noise, and rocking before giving their kid food, the New York Times reported last Monday.
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