Do you have a crying and fussy baby on your hands? Try a little twerking!
The Doctors investigates pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton’s viral sensation method for helping little ones calm down.
“I have utilized the technique, that I have called The Hold, over the years, which is very helpful in calming children and keeping them quiet,” Dr. Hamilton explains.
The method involves folding both arms under the baby and holding the child with one hand under the baby’s chest with the other hand supporting the baby’s rear. Next, gently rock up and down and side to side, and even making a stirring motion (or a baby twerk!).
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears joins The Doctors to explain why this method can be so effective.
“Sometimes this is the first time they have ever been held like that. So, it’s something new,” he says.
He also notes that many parents will hold newborns by their sides, which can cause the baby’s arms to flail about.
“That’s an insecure feeling for them. They feel like they’re falling. It’s almost like their falling reflex kicks in and that can make them fussy,” he explains.
Leia, who is mom to 3-month Logan, tells The Doctors she has had success with the technique.
“I tried it when he is really fussy and nothing seems to be working for him. For example, last night he had already eaten, he had already taken a nap and he was just fussy for some reason, so I said, ‘OK, let’s give it a try!’ And it really, really did help,” she shares.
Parents of newborns might want to try a little twerk next time their little one is having a tough time!