Friday, 28 September 2007

Channel 4's Baby And Me website

A look at this website confirms Channel 4's complete indifference about the information they put out. It is so deeply flawed I hardly know where to begin.

I received written assurances from Channel 4 that they take the welfare of children... very seriously. However they refused to answer who their experts are.

On their site he is Dr Harvey Marcovitch . This is his response to a serious question about Truby King and the Continuum Concept from a mum. You may note Dr Marcovitch seems to have omitted any comment about the Truby King question.


This question refers to the Truby King method. The mentor was adamant that babies be put to bed from 7pm to 7am but when they are objecting and crying how can a parent be sure they don't have wind, colic or another issue which is keeping them from sleeping? The mentor just seemed to insist on leaving them to cry. Where the Continuum Concept is concerned is it good idea for a baby to be curled up all day in a sling when car seat advice stipulates that baby shouldn't be in the seat for more than two hours at a time as this may restrict spinal growth?
Rachel (Northampton)

Harvey Marcovitch: The fact is that mostly you can't work out why a baby cries at night – only sometimes can you find a reason, like a soiled nappy making their bottom sore, hunger, an awkward position or wanting cuddling but even then it is usually a guess. As to being in a sling, I know of no evidence that it adversely affects head control, neck muscle strength, the shape of the spine or increases cot death risk by restricting breathing. Car seats may be different. A recent survey of 409 unexplained deaths of babies in Quebec over 10 years found just 10 were sitting in one at the time (which did not indicate an obviously increased risk) but 5 were aged under a month old and for them this meant a much greater risk than when lying down. It's not known if they were asleep at the time but keeping a small baby sitting for too long may interfere with their oxygen supply. Some parents in the survey had kept their child in a car seat for as long as 16 hours. Two hours is the recommended maximum.

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