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Russian Baby Yoga or Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Warning: Disturbing Video
There is nothing that makes a parent happier than having a healthy baby. Some parents are not good parents, though, and allow themselves to become angry with their baby because the baby won't stop crying; therefore, these parents shake their baby, which can cause brain damage and even death. In my mind, I think, "Who would do that on purpose? Shouldn't there be a test parents must take before taking their baby home? If they don't pass, the hospital places the baby in a good adoptive home." Maybe my thoughts are extreme, or maybe they are right on the mark.
One possible example of shaken baby syndrome could be shown in Russian woman Lena Fokina's "Baby Yoga" video. After watching this display of swing and slinging the baby around, I would put her and anyone who follows her "techniques" on the same level of the anger-ridden parent who would shake a baby.
Real or Fake Russian Baby Yoga Video
What is Fokina's version of baby yoga? An adult swings the baby by the hands and feet, flipping the baby head over heels, twisting the baby's arm or leg as the person swings the baby behind her shoulders then to the front again, as if the baby were a baton. All of these movements are putting the baby at risk for shaken baby syndrome and serious damage to tender joints. tendons, and ligaments in the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles.
Because of the disturbing site of slinging a baby around in the guise of "baby yoga," Lena Fokina's first YouTube video was taken down for breaking the TOS. It was banned as disturbing and as an example of child abuse. Of course, more videos came out on YouTube and were questioned about their validity, as the one displayed above. But as you can see in the video, the newscaster states that a reporter from the New York Times investigated this video, and did, in fact, find that Russian Baby Yoga is becoming a phenomena in some areas of the world.
Shocked. How can any conscientious parent even consider putting their baby through this vigorous display of snapping, slinging, and twisting?
Possible Symptons of Shaken Baby Syndrome
- poor appetite
It is hard to distinguish some of these symptoms because they could be related to other typical childhood illnesses. If you have left your child with a caretaker or suspect shaken baby syndrome, get your child to the doctor immediately. There could be hemorraging in the brain. Remember our babies and toddlers do not know how to communicate what is wrong.
Shaken Baby Syndrome
What does shaken baby syndrome do to a child? First, a baby's brain is not fully developed. Our brains do not fully develop until we are 10 or 11 years old. A baby's brain is not even close to being fully developed. If the baby's head is shaken, either in an accident or on purpose from an abusive parent or caretaker, brain damage is likely to occur.
Watching the baby yoga video, we can see the baby's head is constantly being snapped, his arms and legs are constantly being twisted and yanked. The baby's little brain is probably experiencing trauma that might not show up for years. As the baby's head is being snapped during baby yoga, the head trauma may be occurring to the underdeveloped brain as it hits the skull and damages fragile blood vessels and nerves.
During the video, we see a small baby. The newscast is reporting on the story and video at least two years after the video. Even though the newscaster said the baby is a healthy two-year-old, no one knows how the baby's brain might have been damaged, stunting future development. The child may not exhibit mental issues until going to school. Learning and behavioral disabilities may appear years after the baby yoga session or sessions, creating lifelong problems for the child..
Take some simple parenting advice for one shaken baby syndrome defense; do not do Lena Fokina's Russain Baby Yoga program. Long term damage could occur, and you are risking your baby's life and health. Why anyone would pay money to Fokina to do this to their child is beyond comprehension.
The Baby's Arm and Leg Sockets
Just in a non-medical observation, the twisting and yanking on the baby's arms and legs must be pulling them out of the sockets. Like their brains, baby's are developing all over their bodies. Their tendons and ligaments are not fully developed, and their sockets are still tender. It stands to reason that the violent way in which the baby's limbs are being used in swinging it around will also cause present and or future damage to the baby's body.
This video is from the popular show, The Doctors. As you can see, if you can stomach watching it, the baby is crying as Fionka slings the poor little thing to and fro. http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init/6483
Gentle Baby Yoga and Childcare
There are actual gentle ways to do yoga with your baby. Stretching is completely different than jerking your baby around as if he or she were a sack to sling around your head. Common sense tells most of us that Lena Fionka's Russian Baby Yoga is not safe for our babies. It is appauling and a form of child abuse.