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1. New research says ‘Cry It Out’ baby sleep method doesn’t harm babies.
Researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide have found that babies allowed to “cry it out” or cry themselves to sleep, in a method called “graduated extinction” by researchers, did not produce any more signs of stress in the infants than a “gentler” method.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics found that babies allowed to “cry it out” have no difference in terms of stress hormone levels than babies helped back to sleep by their parents through a method called “bedtime fading.”
Graduated extinction is a method of controlled crying that involves gradually delaying parents’ response to their baby’s cry. Bedtime fading involves parents gradually delaying a baby’s bedtime each night in the hope that sleepier babies will fall asleep more easily.
The study was led by Michael Gradisar, an associate professor at Flinders University in Australia and director of the university’s Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic who monitored 43 infants (between ages 6 months to 16 months) who had issues falling asleep.
He found that babies who cried it out slept roughly 20 mins more than the other group and showed no signs of immediate stress — or had raised levels of cortisol, that could indicate long-term stress.
The researchers found there was no difference among the groups 12 months later in the measures of the children’s emotional and behavioural well-being.
Critics of graduated extinction believe that strategy disrupts parent-child attachment but Dr. Gradisar said: “We couldn’t find any differences. The more studies we get, the more confident we can feel that this is actually safe to perform.”
2. Appeal to find baby missing for over a month.
Salieghah Amiri via the Department of Child Protection.
Child protection officers in Western Australia say they are "very concerned" about the whereabouts of a five-month-old baby who has been missing for more than a month.
WA Today reports that the Department of Child Protection suspects Salieghah Amiri is being harboured by family members and this is the second time they have put out an appeal.
"The initial announcement made on May 6 has not provided any leads into Salieghah's whereabouts and the Department is very concerned that her health needs are not being met by her family," the appeal read.
"The department is liaising with family and working with the police to locate her, and continues to appeal for the public's help."
Salieghah is described as having dark brown eyes and wavy dark brown hair.
Anyone able to assist should contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
3. Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial for sexual assault.
A judge in the US has ordered Bill Cosby to stand trial for a sexual assault case dating back to 2004. If convicted he could face up to 10 years in jail.
The entertainer, 78, allegedly sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home after giving her drugs.