8 Baby Myths!
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8 Baby Myths!
New parents always find themselves bombarded with advice on how to take care of their baby. Some of the advice you hear might seem to make sense, but some of it is actually harmful to your baby.
Myth #1: Glucose given to newborn babies in the hospital is good for them.
Fact: Breast milk is in fact the best nourishment for a baby and the only food a newborn needs. The first milk produced by a mother’s breasts is yellowish colostrum, which is very rich in substances that protect your baby from infection. Colostrum also has all the right nutrients for your baby and is easy for him to digest.
Moreover, breastfeeding right after birth can help the baby breastfeed better later on. Some babies get used to bottles and refuse the breast.
Myth #2: If your baby’s nipples are swollen, you should squeeze them because they contain milk.
Fact: Milk in a baby’s nipples is a normal phenomenon. Squeezing them may damage the milk ducts of the breast, especially for baby girls.
Myth #3: Disposable diapers cause bowlegs.
Fact: Diapers do not cause bowlegs. It is common and normal for babies and infants to be bowlegged to some degree. The legs usually straighten out on their own during the first few years of life. Bowlegs can also stem from more serious conditions, such as the disease called Rickets, which is caused by a lack of vitamin D.
Myth #4: Teething causes diarrhea.
Fact: Teething might make your baby cranky, but it doesn’t give your baby diarrhea. Teething often coincides with the time when your baby first starts to crawl and eat solid foods, so he is exposed to more germs and a new diet, both of which can cause diarrhea.
Myth #5: It is important to wrap your newborn tightly to protect his backbone from injury when you lift him.
Fact: Babies have very strong backbones, and there is no need to bind their bodies. Quite often, an inexperienced mother, who is afraid to drop her tiny baby, feels more confident if she wraps him tightly to make him seem less fragile. Excessive binding can hinder normal growth and mobility of a baby, and can prevent the baby from getting enough exposure to sunlight, which helps build strong bones. Having said that, wrapping your baby comfortably for the first few weeks will provide him with a sense of security. Just don’t overdo it.
Myth #6: When your baby is sick, you can give him the same medicine your doctor prescribed at an earlier time, without consulting him.
Fact: Never give your baby any medicine without consulting your doctor. Let him decide whether the same medication is suitable.
Myth #7: Traditional practices at a sobou celebration, like shaking a newborn baby and making loud noises in his ear, are harmless.
Fact: Shaking a baby could cause hemorrhage to his brain, while loud noises can be harmful to his eardrums.
Myth #8: Placing a thermometer in a baby’s rectum is the best way for parents to take his temperature.
Fact: While doctors know how to take a baby’s temperature safely using this method, parents are more inexperienced. If the thermometer is inserted into the rectum at the wrong angle, it could cause injury to the baby’s rectal wall. A better choice for parents would be to take the baby’s temperature under his armpit or to invest in an ear thermometer which measures temperature from the baby’s ear. An ear thermometer with disposable tips is best for hygiene.
While rectal temperature is the most accurate, it may be wise to forfeit some accuracy for the sake of convenience and comfort. The latter methods also allow for more regular measurement of the baby’s temperature, which may be needed in some cases. Remember to add half a degree with armpit readings and to lessen half a degree with rectal readings.