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Infants with a high need for soothing may be at a higher risk of obesity

In a sort of twist, a study found that children born to mothers with gestational diabetes and who were easier to soothe as infants were at a higher risk of becoming obese children. Describing the infants who were easier to soothe as having high “soothability”, one of the lead authors said: “For high soothability infants, parents may have discovered that using juice or sugary beverages was effective in the short run for calming the infant. ” The flip side is that such may contribute to excess calories and obesity risk. “One takeaway from this study is for parents of high soothability infants to think about alternative strategies to calm infant distress, ” stressed the researcher.

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