Do you grab food immediately when your baby cries?
13 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
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Crying babies make no one happy. So when a baby cries, we always try to keep him or her quiet. All toys, hugs and cookies are removed from the cupboard to stop the screeching. We can no longer do the latter, because research shows that this can have consequences for the child's future.
Crying is one of the ways that a baby indicates that he or she is hungry. But this does not always have to be the case. For example, the baby can also be tired or have a dirty diaper.
Researchers suspect that comforting babies through eating and drinking leads to children starting to associate food and emotions. In this way children get used to eating when they are not feeling well. Because of this, food is seen - and used - as a medicine to counter negative feelings. This can ultimately lead to (excessive) weight gain.
The researchers therefore give the tip to find out what happens when your baby cries. So do not immediately go with sweets or other food. Maybe your baby is just tired.