Thursday, November 27, 2008

Babies Stressed Out By Buggies

Babies pushed in buggies facing away from their parents could suffer lasting psychological damage, scientists claim.

Children made to face away from their carers are more likely to end up anxious adults, the first ever study on the effects of buggies has revealed.

The away-facing babies in the research were "emotionally impoverished", laughed less, talked less and suffered more stress than those facing their parent.

Almost 3,000 parent-infant pairs were studied as part of the research by Dundee University for the Talk To Your Baby early language campaign of the National Literacy Trust.

In one experiment, 20 babies were pushed for a mile, half the journey spent in an away-facing buggy and the other in a toward-facing one.

A quarter of parents using face-to-face buggies talked to their baby - more than twice as many as those using away-facing buggies.

Babies facing towards the buggy-pusher enjoyed a reduced heart rate and were twice as likely to fall asleep.

Only one baby in the group of 20 laughed during the away-facing journey, while half laughed during the face-to-face journey.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, from Dundee University's School of Psychology, said: "If babies are spending significant amounts of time in a baby buggy, that undermines their ability to communicate easily with their parent.

"Our data suggests that for many babies today, life in a buggy is emotionally impoverished and possibly stressful. Stressed babies grow into anxious adults."


Yan said...

penah tgk baby diorg letak dlm plastic kat sekolah, mak bapak die la..but then baby tu seems happy n org kat sekeliling pon gelak2..weirdo..

mountdweller said...

Yer ke? setua uncle ini baru uncle dapat maklumat ni. Kalau macam tu ramailah ibubapa yang menjadi zalim tanpa diketahui.

Azyyati said...

Yan- seriously letak dalam plastik? Kesiannye baby tuh, jangan letak dalam plastik hitam dah... takut aku... hahah

Moundtdweller- Zalim tanpa diketahui :) hehehe kelakar ayat tu. Maybe tak betul pun sebenarnya, mungkin jugak baby-baby yang tak happy tu kebetulan termasuk dalam group facing away. Bias boleh jadi dalam mana2 study. Senang cite dukung je, bleh jadi masculine tanpa buat exercise hehehe

leiah said...

rsanya byk bias kot..
psychologiacl damage tu permanent ke temporararily saje?
kalu x larat dukung, gune je kain batik lepas mcm bibik..hehe..

yan - ape reaction parent budak yg kena letak dlm plastik tu?klakarnye..hehe

Yan said...

mase tu kt oversea, then lalu satu skool ni..seriously dlm plastic..plastic diorg mcm juz main2 ngan baby tu n baby tu pon cam tergelak..
yg letak baby tu parent die aelia..

Asnida said...

Anok aku okay jah... Muahahaha