Holistic Pediatrician Crown Point IN

Proponents of co'sleeping suggest that bed sharing encourages healthy emotional and physiologic attachment between the child and parents. They claim that babies fall asleep more easily and sleep for longer periods than non–bed sharing infants. In addition, co'sleeping may support an environment that promotes breast-feeding.

Mary Alice M Reid, MD
(219) 662-0700
2050 N Main St
Crown Point, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1988

Data Provided by:
Lara Azzi
(219) 662-9424
11161 Randolph St
Crown Point, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Data Provided by:
Silvia Vicente De Garcia
(219) 662-0700
1505 S Court St
Crown Point, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Data Provided by:
North Point Pediatrics at Winfield
(219) 662-6145
10763 Randolph Street
Crown Point, IN
 
Dr. Lawrence James Hagerman
(781) 372-7171
Crown Point, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Diagnostic Special Ties Center
(219) 769-5000
5363 Commerce Drive
Crown Point, IN
 
Lisa C Gold, MD
(219) 662-0700
297 W Franciscan Dr Ste 103
Crown Point, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1993

Data Provided by:
Lisa C Gold
(219) 662-0700
1505 S Court St
Crown Point, IN
Specialty
Pediatrics

Data Provided by:
Sonal Khattri, MD
(219) 661-0568
Apt 606 9374 Monroe Ct
Crown Point, IN
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mgm Med Coll, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya, Indore, Mp, India
Graduation Year: 1998

Data Provided by:
Kumar Sanath MD Limited
(708) 429-7100
297 West Franciscan Drive Suite 208
Crown Point, IN
 
Data Provided by:

Family Bed Benefits: Expert Advice from a Holistic Pediatrician

Provided by: 

By Roy Steinbock

I’ve heard that sleeping with my baby is necessary for bonding and attachment. My mother told me that she saw a report in the news that this was dangerous. What’s true?

Historically, where children sleep has largely been dictated by the family’s cultural background. For example, cultures that seem to value group and family unity—such as Japanese and Italians—have traditionally encouraged babies to share their parents’ bed. Americans, who in general value individuality and autonomy, have moved babies to their own sleeping arrangements right away. There are both risk and benefits associated with co-sleeping.

Proponents of co-sleeping suggest that bed sharing encourages healthy emotional and physiologic attachment between the child and parents. They claim that babies fall asleep more easily and sleep for longer periods than non–bed sharing infants. In addition, co-sleeping may support an environment that promotes breast-feeding. Co-sleeping can also be an opportunity for closeness and bonding that working parents may desire. Some studies claim that due to more frequent waking of all participants in shared sleeping arrangements, there is actually a decrease in the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Bed-sharing detractors also weigh in. For starters, some folks feel that bed sharing doesn’t allow children to develop sleep autonomy and self-soothing skills needed for mature development. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission caution that many adult beds may be potentially unsafe for infants and pose a real concern regarding SIDS and suffocation deaths. Soft bedding, pillows and blankets, parental cigarette smoking, alcohol or drug use, and head and footboards with large openings are all common hazards.

Unfortunately, the current data on co-sleeping is quite mixed. For starters little is actually known about what constitutes normal sleep for infants and children. Research is usually done in sleep labs and is limited due to its unnatural setting. In addition, subjective studies regarding the social and emotional effects of sleep are subject to strong reporting bias. A recent study that followed children over an 18-year period found no long-term benefit or harm from bed sharing when compared to non–bed sharing.

Like many issues, the question is simple, but the answer is complex and lies within each family. No single sleeping arrangement is best for everyone. Each person is an individual with different biological, psychological, spiritual, and social needs and perspectives. The real question, is what is best for you and your family? I encourage my patients to answer this simple set of questions that will hopefully help guide you as well.

  1. Is my child healthy both physically and emotionally?
  2. Is my child happy and secure?
  3. Am I and the rest of my family healthy both physically and emotionally?
  4. Am I and the rest of my family happy and secure?
  5. If your child is sleeping well, ...

Author: Roy Steinbock

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...