Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Kim | 2010-05-08

Q.

Adrenaline and Crying

I was told that crying helps to get adrenaline out of a baby''s body, is this true? I have been told by a sleep expert to leave my 17 month old to cry alone in her room as the the crying helps to get rid of the adrenaline which will then allow her to sleep better. I am concerned that the crying just stresses her out more.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Adrenaline is the 'fright and flight' hormone. Adrenaline is released as a result of a fright or when there is a stressful situation.Your toddler is crying so that she can get your attention.Crying continuously will be stressful for her especially if she gets very angry and may cause adrenaline to be released.Crying will not get rid of adrenaline out of her body.However if you want her to stop crying so that she can go to sleep and if you are certain that there is nothing from a health point of view that is worrying her then you can apply the contolled crying method.

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