Here's how to calm a crying baby to sleep

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Here's how to calm a crying baby to sleep

A five-minute walk with a baby in your arms can do wonders to calm him down. #x27;a baby who refuses to fall asleep.

Researchers have decided to help them, by scientifically determining which of four commonly used methods proves to be the most effective to calm an infant, inconsolable for no apparent reason.

According to their study, published Tuesday in the journal Current Biology, walking for five minutes while carrying a baby in your arms can do wonders.

But before putting the baby back in bed, scientists recommend keeping the #x27;child motionless in his arms five to eight more minutes.

I raised four children, said the study's lead author, Kumi Kuroda, of the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Japan. But even I couldn't anticipate the key results obtained from this study, until the statistical data arrived.

The team of researchers had in the past studied a similar mechanism in animals: when the little ones (dogs, monkeys…) have to be transported, for example to escape a threat, their heart rate tends to drop and they become more docile.

To compare a possible similar reaction in humans, the scientists studied 21 babies between zero and seven months, with their mother.

Four techniques were analyzed: carrying the infant while walking, carry it while seated, lay it in a bed, or lay it in a moving crib.

When babies were carried while walking, their heart rate would drop within 30 seconds, just like in a rocking crib, but not when standing still.

After five minutes, walking the child in the arms caused all the children to stop crying, and almost half of them to fall asleep. /p>

But once rested in their bed, the babies tended to wake up, within 20 seconds for more than a third of them.

And the way they were deposited, be it the posture or the delicacy of the movements, had no impact on this effect.

The solution according to scientists: extend the amount of time the baby is asleep before resting it, by sitting and keeping it close for five to eight minutes after walking.

This period corresponds little or not to the duration of the first phase of sleep, then still light, notes the study.

We need science to understand the behaviors of a baby, concluded Kumi Kuroda, because they are well n more diverse and complex than we thought.

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