7 Rash Mistakes Almost All Young Mothers Make, and Some of Them Are Quite Dangerous
Today’s young mothers have access to tons of information about how to take the best care of a newborn baby like classes for pregnant women, online blogs written by pediatricians and psychologists, forums, and of course, opinions from grandmothers. But often, recommendations given to women who have recently given birth tend to contradict each other. So how is a woman supposed to sort all this out and do the right thing?
Some Bright Side writers have been through this and want to tell you about some of the most common mistakes, many of which they’ve made themselves.
Not feeding a child with formula
Breast milk is the best food for a child. But unfortunately, sometimes there’s just not enough of it available. Nurses in maternity wards have bottles of formula to make sure the baby is well-fed but some mothers completely refuse to use them. Being hungry is very dangerous for children: it causes dehydration which can lead to death.
Overfeeding a child
If a child is crying, it doesn’t always mean that they’re hungry. A baby may cry because something hurts or just because they want to see their mother. Sometimes, people try to comfort them with food but it may lead to overfeeding which causes discomfort in the stomach, a buildup of gas, and spitting up.
Don’t insist if your baby doesn’t want to eat. If you think that your baby doesn’t eat enough, consult a pediatrician — you may be wrong.
Pumping breast milk and feeding from the bottle
Often, children don’t eat from the breast well, so in order to feed them, mothers pump the milk. In general, there’s nothing dangerous about this, but sucking from a bottle is easier than from a breast and it’s easier to get used to over time. Because of this, children often stop breastfeeding completely which can lead to an overbite, speaking problems, and a decrease in the amount of breast milk that is produced.
Wrapping a baby too much
Until recently, people believed it was beneficial to wrap babies to keep them warm because “babies are used to the hot temperature inside the mother’s womb.” However, overheating is really dangerous and increases the risk of sudden infant death. Pediatricians recommend maintaining a comfortable temperature between 64 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t cover babies with several blankets and don’t put them next to heaters. Take their hats off while they sleep.
How can you know if a baby is overheated? Touch their belly — it’s supposed to be warm but not hot. Red cheeks and intense sweating are also signals of overheating.
Sterilizing everything around the child
The older generation thinks that children should be washed in boiled water, the sheets should be ironed from both sides, and the room where the baby lives should be cleaned several times a day. Many young parents even get rid of pets worrying about the health of their babies. However, pediatricians believe that when everything around is too clean, it only hurts the child’s immune system, making it hypersensitive.
According to studies conducted at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, children who encounter household germs and the fur of pets during their first year of life are less prone to having allergic reactions or asthma. After the age of 1, contact with cats and dogs is not so beneficial anymore.
Not using the stroller correctly
Unfortunately, we can’t always make sure that our children are completely safe. But what we can do is follow the generally accepted rules to keep them secure. One such rule is entering an elevator with the stroller, holding the baby in your arms. Few people do this, but it’s smart because machines are not very reliable and the elevator doors can close at any second.
Also, parents often cross the road with strollers in the wrong way: they push it in front of them. But the stroller is lower than the cars and drivers may not see it because of other vehicles. Driving rules state that strollers should be pushed on the side.
Rocking a baby the wrong way
Children often cry so hard that it seems they hate their parents. This causes irritated mothers and fathers to start rocking the baby nervously. It’s not that they want to hurt the baby, it’s their aggravation that makes their movements so rushed.
Remember that children have weak neck muckles and softer brains than adults do, so there’s a huge chance that a child can get injured. Such injuries are known as shaken baby syndrome. It can make a child disabled or even lead to death.
What new-parent mistakes have you made? Share your experience to help other parents!