The arrival of a new baby at home is one of the most wonderful and beautiful moments in the lives of parents, but their care for this little one is often accompanied by many fears and confusion, especially when it comes to the first born.
Bad Habits New Mums Should Avoid.
Here are ‘bad habits’ new mums should avoid as you begin your journey through motherhood:
1) Try not to rock your baby to sleep every time:
It is important that your baby learns to self settle and go to sleep by themselves. It’s really easy at 3am to rock your baby to sleep and then try to do the commando-mad-dash away from the cot as you try to leave them, only for them to wake back up again the moment you get to the door. This is a bad habit that you want to avoid. Try to put your baby down sleepy, but awake and allow them time to fall asleep by themselves. Over time they’ll get there.
2) Avoid the ‘Feed To sleep’:
Closely linked to number 1, once your feeding routine has been established, try to avoid the habit of feeding to sleep. If every time your baby wakes you are only offerng milk for them to go back to sleep, then they will associate feeds with sleep and they will develop a habit of waking up to feed to sleep. A vicious circle you want to avoid, where possible. Instead, check your baby’s nappy; offer a little water, stroke or shush them before offering food.
3) Try to vary the activities your baby does:
It’s really easy to constantly hold and cuddle your baby (and this is important whilst they’re still newborn). Once your baby is starting to become more alert and active, vary their activities. Don’t always hold them or carry them as they will become dependent on this. Instead, intersperse their awake time with time to play with an activity centre or in a swing chair – as well as those lovely cuddles!
4) Avoid the ‘Shhhh! baby’s sleeping’ routine:
It’s so tempting to tip toe around your sleeping baby during the day so you can get a few, precious moments of peace. However, this is one habit you want to avoid. If you are always creating a zone of silence for nap times then your little one might struggle to sleep in other settings, such as a friends house or on a day out. Instead, carry on as normal around your baby during the daytime naps and keep the quiet for the evenings, helping them learn the difference between day and night time.
5) Going to crowded places:
It is advised not to rush to expose the child to mixing with people and going to public places during the first weeks after his birth, as the infant needs calm, and what is meant here is not complete silence but calmness only, and because the child’s immune system is in its early stages, the large number of people around him makes him vulnerable to disease.
6) Not expelling gases from the baby’s stomach:
One of the common mistakes that parents make is not allocating enough time to enable the child to get rid of gas, so the child suffers from vomiting or spitting up and losing the milk he obtained or even waking up crying due to convulsions caused by gas.
Experts advise patting the baby’s back or gently massaging it while holding it and placing its chin on the shoulder so that its stomach rests on the chest of its mother or father.
7) Not excreting gases before feeding:
Most parents think that all they need is to rid the child of gas after eating, but pediatricians recommend doing this even before feeding, to reduce the possibility of his suffering from it.
8) Wrong preparation of milk:
There are common mistakes when mixing baby milk powder with water, where the amount of powder is little or excessive, and it is very important to follow the instructions and standards stipulated on the milk carton, and if the parents have any doubts, the pediatrician should be consulted.
Tips are false beliefs and inherited habits that have no medical basis and may not benefit.
As soon as you give birth to your new baby, you must start receiving advice from your mother, aunt or grandmother about taking care of your newborn. But with time, you will discover that a large part of these tips are not benefit your child with anything, but on the contrary, they may harm his health and safety.
Among these beliefs:
It is rubbing the body of the newborn with salt to protect against the eye and demons and with the aim of sterilization, and this is a fatal mistake that exposes the infant to an imbalance in salts, especially in the proportion of sodium, which results in exposing the newborn to nervous convulsions .
In addition to dehydration, because fluids move from the body out of the skin and expose the newborn to the risk of kidney failure resulting from severe dehydration, and the process of rubbing with salt leads to the risk of skin irritation and exposing it to infections and burns.
An old custom, but it exists to this day, where the grandmother paints the eyes of the newborn, thinking that this will protect against envy and widen the eyes, but thus exposes him to infection in the conjunctiva of the eye due to the use of non-sterile tools.
In addition to his exposure to infections and allergies , he is also exposed to the toxicity of lead in kohl and its dangerous effects on his health.
▪️Putting garlic in a string around the baby’s neck.
In fact, this is a myth that parents carry out, thinking that it treats yellowing . They watch the change in garlic color over time to yellow, and they think that it pulls yellowness from the body, but in fact it is a natural change in the color of garlic with exposure to air!But the presence of a thread around the neck of the infant exposes him to suffocation, so it is forbidden to put any necklaces or chains around the neck under any circumstances.
As for yellowing in infants, its causes are either physiological or pathological, and the evaluation of its degree depends on the time it began to appear, the condition of the newborn, and many other factors.
Therefore, please consult a doctor and do not leave the infant for any reason, because the excessive increase in the degree of yellowing affects the brain and hearing.
▪️There is no need to give vitamin D because it affects the kidneys.
Completely wrong information because the infant needs the equivalent of 400 international units per day of vitamin D , especially if he is dependent on breastfeeding because mother’s milk lacks vitamin D.
And the dose that causes deposits in the kidneys is tens of times this dose. For every mother, rest assured that you are far from the harmful dose for your child.
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