Communication confusion: misconceptions concerning newborn behaviour and parental anxiety February 2018 | Possums Education

Communication confusion: misconceptions concerning newborn behaviour and parental anxiety February 2018

 

Dr Pamela Douglas asks why SpaceX can launch a Tesla Roadster into outer space, showcasing our technological brilliance, yet new parents still receive conflicting and outdated advice which disrupts their relationship with their baby and even worsens breastfeeding, mood, cry-fuss and sleep problems. 

She points out that despite evidence there is no real benefit, parents are advised to give their babies a great deal of unnecessary treatments, including antacid medications (which risk side-effects), painful laser incisions under the tongue and upper lip (when there is no classic tongue-tie), and advice to sleep train their baby (creating communication confusion). Methodologically weak studies, often by those with a vested financial interest, are promoted as if they are proof.

Dr Pam argues that the latest evidence propels us into paradigm shift across each domain of breastfeeding, crying and fussing, sleep and parental mood, and discusses the misconceptions that abound about baby communications in each of these domains.

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Join our next Masterclasses for health professionals on 21-22 June 2019 at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. Dr Pam and Renee will present, with videos of talks by Dr Nikki Mills (ENT surgeon, anatomist) on the lingual frenulum and floor of mouth fascia and Dr Sharon Perella (lactation consultant, researcher) on breastmilk production and fat content.  

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The Possums Clinic
The Possums Clinic now operates out of the Possums Education and Research Centre, Greenslopes 31772000. Dr Pamela Douglas sees patients online or at Greenslopes; NDC accredited practitioner Renee Keogh offers consultations in-clinic, online, or in home visits.

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We have now launched PIPPS Parents, which gives parents access to the support of other parents and a wealth of Possums’ resources.

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