The renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp calms and soothes using his 5S's method

The renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp calms and soothes using his 5S’s method

How many parents are sleepless in America?

Did you know that Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) can lead to early death?


April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. There are over 750,000 reports of child maltreatment each year.

It’s a fact. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a serious and clearly definable form of child abuse.  Other studies reveal that the  #1 trigger is frustration caused by persistent crying. Experts estimate that tens of thousands of infants are shaken each year, resulting in 1400 hospitalizations and the death of one child every day, on average.

There isn’t a parent alive that hasn’t experienced some form of disturbance; losing sleep, irritability, and worse, a feeling of failure having succumbed to other measures just to stop the noise.

Nothing short of a miracle can calm, soothe, or relax a crying baby until Dr. Karp creator of the DVD and the book The Happiest Baby on the Block demonstrated that his naturalistic guide to a method he calls the 5’S’s works.

There are many reasons babies cry and as Dr. Karp confesses crying is a natural behavior, ” all babies cry, and believe it or not, that’s actually a good thing. How else would we know if our helpless infants were cold, hungry, lonely, or in pain?”

“During the first few months, babies fuss an average of 1.5 hours a day and 10% cry more than 3 hours a day (the medical definition of colic). That’s a whole lot of crying, and it doesn’t even include our crying!”

Sadly, parents in a  state of their own despair may resort to unhealthy behaviors that could harm or seriously hurt their infant or baby.  Research shows nearly 1 million new moms suffer from postpartum depression (key triggers are infant crying and exhaustion).

A new, peer reviewed study validates Dr. Karp’s method. The researchers found the 5 S’s (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, sucking) were twice as effective in stopping crying as sucrose water, the most common infant analgesia used in hospitals for painful procedures, e.g. blood drawing and circumcision. The authors note that infant crying from painful injections is often a reason parents delay or skip needed immunizations.

The researchers tested the techniques for calming infant advocated by renowned pediatrician and parenting expert Dr. Harvey Karp but applied the techniques to children 2 to 4 months old immediately after they received immunization shots. The study found that Dr. Karp’s technique was more effective than other standard methods to calm the young patients.

Dr. Karp’s recommendations bring greater peace of mind to parents knowing that all procedures including important immunizations can be relatively pain-free. The tactile support and calming techniques have been clinically proven to work.

In a 2011 Penn State report, it was found that Dr. Karp’s the 5 S’s made a significant contribution to increase infant sleep and to reduce obesity at one year of age. Additional 5 S’s studies to prevent postpartum depression, treat colic, boost sleep and reduce infant (and maternal) obesity are ongoing at Penn State University, University of Texas and University of Michigan.

As 76 million baby boomers enter their golden years, some as grandparents will have the joyous responsibilities of babysitting. Sleepovers included. And the best guarantee available is to watch Dr. Harvey Karp in action. And when the lights go out  here’s a sound you may remember.

It’s music to my ears!


Editor’s Notes:

Dr. Karp works with over 2,500 educators who practice and teach his 5S’s method

Dr. Harvey Karp is a founding member of Healthy Child Healthy World. He is also a co-author along with Dr. Philip J. Landrigan of Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home

He is also a contributing writer for LuxEcoLiving.

The popularity of The Happiest Baby DVD/book has made Dr. Karp America’s most read pediatrician and the leading authority on crying, colic and sleep.

Over 2500 Happiest Baby educators teach infant calming/sleep techniques (over 1000 work for health/welfare departments in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wyoming).
Several child abuse prevention programs recommend The Happiest Baby approach and it’s referenced in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ abuse prevention initiative, Practicing Safety. We even teach in state health clinics, WIC centers and prisons.

On June 12th Dr. Harvey Karp’s newest book will be released (Harper Collins – a game changing view of solving sleep problems birth to five years). This book delves into broader issues other than just parenting. Sleep deprivation  also leads to obesity, lost productivity, depression, car accidents, etc.

Editor’s Notes:

Dr. Harvey Karp was  named #2 (out of 10) by for individuals who have the most influence in family life in the USA.










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