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CIO correlate with stress levels? human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
17th Feb '13

I am in a lifespan psychology class and it keeps talking about stress in infants and toddlers, and that children who experience a lot of stress in the earlier years of their life tend to have psychological problems, emotional problems, things like that.
I am not debating CIO, I think if it can be used correctly then it could be a good thing. Now that my son is a toddler and has no regular sleep schedule, I wish I would have done that, but new mom fears and emotions took over.
my question is, does CIO induce stress for infants and toddlers? I am looking more at the scientific side then the psychological side. Does anyone know if there have been studies done to see if CIO induces cortisol in the child's brain? like to see the amount of cortisol secretion into the brain at the five minute interval, ten, twenty, etc.

Dr. Elliot Reid ; 1 child; New Zealand 8954 posts
17th Feb '13

That would be really interesting to look at, watching!

human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
17th Feb '13
Quoting Elliot Reid:" That would be really interesting to look at, watching!"


yeah. I am posting it on facebook too to see if anyone I know happens to know a little about it.

Bambi78 1 child; United Kingdom 1721 posts
17th Feb '13

have a look at troublesometots.com she has some studies on there i think although what exactly they looked at im not sure to be honest

MinnesotaMommy2One 1 child; Minnesota 2569 posts
17th Feb '13

I am a future teacher so I had to take developmental classes where we were taught that it can be determintal to them and their stress levels. My sister has her masters degree in and works in the mental health field and has been to many conferences and heard lots of research teaching her the same but I don't have links to any specific studies.

Hasa Diga Eebowai 2 kids; Massachusetts 2427 posts
17th Feb '13

This talks about cortisol being released during CIO, and cites studies: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201112/dangers-crying-it-out

human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
18th Feb '13
Quoting Hasa Diga Eebowai:" This talks about cortisol being released during CIO, and cites studies: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201112/dangers-crying-it-out"



Thanks!

human making in progress 2 kids; Port Orchard, Washington 7986 posts
18th Feb '13
Quoting Tasha Norman:" I am a future teacher so I had to take developmental classes where we were taught that it can be determintal ... [snip!] ... has been to many conferences and heard lots of research teaching her the same but I don't have links to any specific studies. "


what I have been reading suggests that, but doesnt come right out and say it.
really, it would only make sense that some levels of cortisol is released during CIO, but how much, and if its enough to really affect the child (high levels only when nearly neglected, or high levels if CIO is used often?) is what has me interested.