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A prominent child physician has asked the Israel Police to investigate whether
an extreme form of “baby yoga” – where young children are tossed in the air, and
their necks and heads shaken – is too dangerous to practice.
Kadman, director of the Israel Council for the Child, pursued the investigation
after becoming alarmed by the growing trend.
The Health Ministry also
issued a warning to parents to be careful in practicing baby yoga, but did not
ask the police for an investigation.
Baby yoga, which originated in
Russia, has been praised as beneficial calisthenics for young children, and a
way of bonding between parent and child.
However, according to a recent
investigation on Channel 10 by Oshrat Kotler, the exercise can mimic Shaken Baby
Syndrome. SBS is often fatal, and can result in serious brain damage, creating
lifelong disability. The brain may also suffer subdural hematoma, which involves
internal bleeding and fractures.
Kadman told The Jerusalem Post
was shocked by what he saw on television.
“There were no reports of
physical damage, but that can appear months later, and be mistaken as learning
disabilities or worse,” he cautioned.
Kadman added that he hadn’t found a
single physician who thought the movements presented on the program were not
Indeed, he cautioned that the extreme motions could cause
dislocated shoulders, fractured arms or broken feet.
Babies viewed by
Oshrat underwent gentle exercise – but were also dragged and hurled in the air,
Pediatricians who commented on the broadcast said the
exercises looked very dangerous.
The Israel National Center for Child
Safety and Health did not comment on Thursday, stating it had not studied the
broadcast, but expressed interest in investigating.