Cry It Out (CIO) Sleep Training Shown by Medical Experts to Pose Serious Risk of Neurological Damage in Babies
Medical and psychological experts have described in several medical journals how cry it out (CIO) sleep training techniques in babies and toddlers carry a high-risk of impaired neurological (brain) development. This is due to the creation of ‘toxic stress’ caused in babies who are just abandoned to cry for extended periods. This impairment can manifest itself in poor confidence, social interaction, emotional issues and potential mental illness. These issues will not present themselves immediately but will begin to reveal themselves later as the child gets older and into teenage and adult life. The experts urge parents not to leave a baby to ‘cry it out’ for extremely lengthy periods (some who endorse CIO suggest leaving a baby to cry for anything from 10 minutes to an hour without parent intervention). The experts instead suggest that a baby should be sleep trained with the baby’s needs in mind, and note that a ‘fading’ technique is the most favourable. Note that the sleep training technique proposed by this website (www.howtogetbabytosleepincrib.com) is a ‘fading’ technique, and is therefore unequivocally the best and safest technique to use.
See https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201407/parents-misled-cry-it-out-sleep-training-reports for further reading.