The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. "If you have questions about disciplining your children, talk with your pediatrician", it advises.Pediatricians will nearly always recommend discipline that does not include hitting children, or forcing them to eat spices, washing their mouths out with soap or other abusive punishments.
Spanking and other forms of corporal punishment are associated with higher levels of aggression in preschool and school-aged kids, for example, and with a higher risk of mental health disorders, the statement said.
"There's no benefit to spanking", said Dr. Robert Sege, one of the authors, said in the statement.
"What we talk to parents about is paying attention to your child's good behavior and paying less attention when they're misbehaving", Sege said.
In October, the academy published guidelines on how pediatricians and parents can navigate the health concerns for transgender and "gender-diverse" youth as well as how to improve safety for teen drivers.More news: India gets U.S. waiver for development of strategic Chabahar Port in Iran
Two decades after it recommended against spanking children, the Illinois-based American Academy of Pediatrics has beefed-up its advice on the subject, saying corporal punishment - and verbal abuse - can harm kids.
"Physical punishment can physically and emotionally hurt your child", the group says on its website. "So it's hard for anybody to say spanking a child causes that child later on to be more aggressive, even though there are theories to suggest that could be why the correlation exists", Ryan said. But they did not wait long.
Corporal punishment is defined in the report as the "noninjurious, open-handed hitting with the intention of modifying child behaviour".
Not only does hitting kids do little good; it can worsen their long-term behavior.
Parents who hit their children often have serious problems of their own. "Parents who suffer from depression tended to use corporal punishment more frequently".
The report said the risk of harsh punishment is increased when the family is experiencing stressors, such as family economic challenges, mental health problems, intimate partner violence, or substance abuse. Teenagers in countries with a full corporal punishment ban are less likely to engage in fistfights.More news: Duke Hands Kentucky’s John Calipari Worst Loss Of His Coaching Career
So what can parents do instead?
He added, "The loving relationship between a child and their parents is the most important relationship that there is". Other ways of teaching children right from wrong are safer and more effective, according to the AAP.
Time outs work very well for younger children, the group said.
"Discipline older children by temporarily removing favorite privileges, such as sports activities or playing with friends".
"There are a number of approaches to discipline that pediatricians may discuss with parents during well-child visits and those visits that are created to address discipline issues". Only 6 percent of the 787 United States pediatricians surveyed in 2016 approved of spanking, and only 2.5 percent actually expected it to do any good.
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