I am a social worker and parent in Australia concerned about the western practice of a method called 'controlled crying' that is used on infants to get them to sleep. This blog talks about the use of this method and other parenting methods. Search all the information on this site to be better informed about the practice of controlled crying. For any comments or questions, my email is

Friday, June 23, 2006

Government Website

This is from a new Government Website...

What if my baby vomits?
Up to 20% of babies may vomit during controlled comforting. These are often the more feisty babies. If this happens, quietly and calmly clean up any vomit from the bed and put a clean nappy wrap under the baby’s head. Avoid making a big fuss, turning on lights, or completely changing the baby unless absolutely necessary. Otherwise, some babies learn to vomit each time they are put into the cot.

I would be interested to read the Centre for Community Child Health's research that says leaving a child to cry until they vomit is ok. I would also be interested to find information on SIDS that states nothing should be added to the cot other than a fitted sheet and blankets tucked in tight over a baby sleeping on their back.

I think it is also interesting to look at this quote from another angle.....

Would we be comfortable if the quote said to do this to teenagers who didn't sleep properly? or if a woman (friend, wife, sister, mother or partner) was crying alone in a room would we let her vomit or not comfort her? If an elderly or disabled man was treated this way would this be acceptable?

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