Most grandparents have extensive knowledge of caring for babies and children. However, they rely only on their personal experience and give advice that can be outdated in today's world. Some of their advice is simply overdated while others could even be dangerous!
Here is a list of 9 irrelevant tips that young parents usually receive that should not be applied anymore! There is no need to get angry or have a family argument. You just have to put aside some things, diplomatically!
1. Swaddle a baby so that the feet and legs do not crook
In the past, swaddling was very common because parents believed it would keep their baby's legs straight and it was reassuring. But pediatricians are now insisting that swaddling can cause hip dysplasia. Babies with neurological problems or severe colic can be swaddled to calm them down. If a baby falls asleep without any problem, you don't have to wrap them.
2. A house where's a baby should be as warm as possible.
In fact, overheating is as dangerous as hypothermia. It is recommended to keep the temperature in the baby's room between 15 and 20 °C.
Scientists claim that this temperature contributes to good sleep for the infant. In addition, in a cold room, the nasal mucosa does not dry out, and it is easier to breathe.
3. Dip a pacifier in something sweet to calm baby
Many grandparents recommend dipping a pacifier in honey or peanut butter to calm a crying baby. But pediatricians are against this method!
Sugary products are quite allergenic and you never know how an infant's body will react to them. Additionally, if a baby's teeth have already started to grow, sugary foods can cause cavities and honey can cause botulism.
Remember to listen to doctors' recommendations if you are unsure whether or not you can give infants a certain food.
4. Always place a pillow and blanket in baby's bed
In the past, mothers loved to create mini-replicas of their own beds. There was always at least a blanket and a tiny pillow.
But doctors repeat over and over again: there should be no pillows, blankets or toys, as they can cause asphyxiation. If it is too cold in a room, put on warm baby pajamas, but do not cover them with a blanket.
5. Baby should sleep on his stomach
In theory, this trick seems pretty logical: Parents put their babies on their stomachs so they don't choke. But doctors have found it to be more dangerous than putting them to sleep on their backs because this position can cause airway obstruction. Also, if a baby is sleeping on their tummy, there is a lot of pressure on their abdomen and thoracic diaphragm.
This position can also cause overheating. That is why experts recommend that parents lay their children on their backs and turn their heads to the side.
6. A baby needs to sleep in silence
It is difficult for an adult to fall asleep if it is noisy. But when it comes to infants, noise helps them sleep better. There is only one nuance: the noise should be uniform and should not be too loud.
Babies can sleep even if their mother is talking on the phone or if water is running in the bathroom. Some parents broadcast white noise to make infants fall asleep faster. Thanks to white noise, a baby won't wake up if you decide to vacuum or wash the dishes.
7. Baby must be fed on a schedule
Grandparents, and even some doctors, recommend a certain schedule for feeding infants. But in reality, this method exhausts both the mother and her baby. Most pediatricians think it's great if you are breastfeeding your child on demand, and not on a feeding schedule.
This approach might not work with baby formula.
8. Incorporate solid foods as early as possible
Young parents are often told to give a three-month-old baby a grated egg yolk or baby cereal at four months of age. But the doctors are not of this opinion. According to the World Health Organization, complementary foods should be added when a baby is over 6 months old.
9. Cow milk is better than formula.
People often think that infant formula contains many harmful substances and prefer cow milk. But according to doctors, this is just another way of compromising the health of an infant. Remember that balanced baby milk formulas are great even for breastfeeding infants.
Cow or other animal milk, on the other hand, is dangerous for several reasons:
- It contains a lot of minerals that a baby's kidneys cannot process.
- It does not contain the necessary amount of iron and this can cause iron deficiency anemia. It also does not contain the necessary amount of vitamin C.
- Proteins in animal milk can irritate the intestinal lining.
- A baby can become allergic to animal milk.
- Due to the unbalanced composition of milk, a baby can gain weight.
Therefore, it is recommended that animal milk only be given to children over one year of age.
However, you should remembered that even if grandparents can make mistakes, they know tremendous amounts of useful information, invaluable experience and support. Be patient and try to explain to them why you will not take some of their advice. You can even invite your grandmother to visit the pediatrician with you and your child.
Remember they want your baby to be happy and healthy and they want to help you too!
What is the craziest advice you received?
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