Have you ever left your child crying for a long time? Hoping they would stop crying on their own? You are making a big mistake. It is proven that crying damages the brain development of infants.
It is a common scenario to let children cry for sometimes. It is okay to let children cry because crying is not the problem. The real issue, however, is crying that is neglected. This means that you leave your child ignored as they are crying.
Research has shown that when you leave an infant crying for a long time, they feel unattended and alone. When babies cry excessively, their bodies and brain are flooded with adrenaline and stress hormones.
Since infants are just developing brain tissue, the nerves won’t form connections. This means brain development is hampered.
Moreover, scientists have shown that there are many neurological, psychological and behavioural damages as a result of prolonged crying.
Many studies show that crying babies have greater troubles later in their lives compared to those who do not. The prime effects of letting your child cry for a long time are as follows:
There are chemical and hormonal imbalances when babies cry too much leading to mental health problems, Crying for a long time release more stress hormone that slows down the brain development among children. Moreover, it depresses their immune system. The brain becomes incapable of creating connections.
A research done by Harvard Medical School shows that intense stress at that stage alters the neurotransmitter system in the brain which is similar to adult depression.
Similarly, babies who cry persistently are ten times more likely to suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This might lead to low performance in school and promote anti-social behaviour. Additionally, they integrate more aggressive and violent action.
This happens because the brain stem floods lead to the release of stress hormones during inappropriate times.
Problems In Social Development
As a child, the only way to grab attention during the first year after birth is crying. Babies cry as a cue that they require attention for various reasons. Moreover, for a baby, it is the responsiveness of the mother that influences brain development.
Babies who cry a lot have a tough time developing their intellectual and social skills. These babies as they grow up have a hard time learning things such as when they are going to school.
Furthermore, children who cried a lot as an infant face difficulty to have control over their emotions. Likewise, these children also become more dependent emotionally as compared to those who cry less.
Likewise, the babies who cry a lot develop a mentality that they need to scream to get what they want. Therefore, your child might become unhappy, demanding and aggressive, if not depressive, when they grow up.
Unfortunately, the kids who cry too much also build a sense of insecurity that stays with them for an extended period throughout their lives.
What parents need to do?
Since you are aware that babies cry for a reason which is to get attention when they do not feel comfortable; do not let them cry for a long time. More importantly, do not leave your child alone and unattended. This damages their brain development.
Parents need to make sure that they take care of their child when it is crying. Also, it is better that you do not let your child cry until the baby falls asleep. The infant falls into sleep because of exhaustion and unmet emotional needs.
Similarly, parents need to understand that when they meet the needs of their baby at a young age makes them more independent when they grow up. It becomes more comfortable for the child to become independent in future.