…what most parents and practitioners who understand babies have been saying – and yelling from the rooftops! – for a long, long time. Maybe as more science keeps coming in, people will begin to listen. There is nothing OK about walking away from a crying baby. Under controlled crying, a baby might go quiet, but the cortisol levels spike. The baby’s high distress is masked by the behavioral collapse. Read more on the research study HERE.
What this research does not tell you is that when cortisol levels remain high, the cortisol can begin to destroy neurons in the emotional-regulation regions of the child’s brain. Controlled crying is a cultural practice in a few Western nations, and it risks reducing brain matter in the areas related to emotional intelligence.