The Straits Times
Published on Sep 11, 2012

Infant sleep training has no long-term effects: Study


(REUTERS) - Using behavioural training to help babies fall asleep doesn't seem to harm them emotionally or developmentally years later, but it also doesn't benefit them long-term either, according to an Australian study.

The study, which appeared in the journal Paediatrics, followed on a 2007 study by the same researchers that found babies and their parents benefited when the infants were taught to settle themselves to sleep with behavioural techniques.

But parents and doctors have expressed concern that the techniques could harm the children's emotional development, and thus their later mental health and ability to handle stress.

There were also concerns over whether the techniques would have an impact on the children's relationship with their parents.