When there is a new addition to the family, people, especially the elderly, have much advice on what you should and should not do. At times we have to ask ourselves are all these things true or are they myths that have been passed down from generation to generation. Here we will explore some of these myths and whether or not some of them are true.
- Holding your baby when they cry is going to make the child spoil.
Is this true? Nope. Spoiling your child is when they get older, and you give them every single thing that they want as well as always letting them have their way. That is what spoils a child. Holding your baby when they cry is you giving your child a sense of security that mommy will always be there for them.
- Babies should be placed on their stomach when sleeping.
Especially in the Caribbean, it is believed that when the baby is placed on their belly, it is safer, preventing them from choking on their saliva or their puke. This is actually not accurate. The American Academy of Pediatrics, some government and advocacy groups warn that it is not safe for babies to sleep on their stomach. Sleeping on their belly may increase the risk of your child having Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Therefore, it is wise for you to pace your child on their back or side.
- Too much sugar makes your child hyperactive.
In the early years of your babies’ life, they are usually bursting with energy. The truth is it is not necessarily the sugar that causes the great adrenaline rush, but any food that affects the blood sugar levels. A lot of the times these are foods that are low in fiber. So if there is a sweet or candy bar that your child eats and it is full of fiber then they are fine.
- Once the child is fussy they are teething.
Even to this point, many parents still associate fussiness with teething. I am not saying that teething is not the reason, but not all the time. In your babies’ four to six months of age and maybe even earlier, this is the way they try to communicate with those around them. So that fussiness just might mean that they are hungry, wants to be changed or just needs a bath.
- Giving your baby Tylenol or Panadol before a vaccine reduces the pain and risk of a fever.
This is actually not true. No oral medication will relieve the small amount of discomfort your baby will get when they receive a vaccine because the vaccine is an intramuscular injection. Doing this may even reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. So it is best you try some other method to soothe your baby after they receive a vaccine.
- Once the babies’ bowel movement is not frequent they are constipated
Dr. Nguyen England says, “New parents become used to frequent bowel movements in the newborn period, and then freak out when the bowel movements are less frequent. As babies grow, they can have less frequent bowel movements.” As your baby grows their bowel movement may range from a few times a day to every few days. As long as your baby’s stool is not hard, looks like pebbles or contain blood, then he or she is not constipated.
- Being fed from the bottle is better.
This is definitely not true. During the first few years of your baby’s life, breast milk is the best nourishment for your baby. It will help immensely in their proper development. If it is a case where you are unable to breastfeed then that is okay, but never deprive your child of breast milk because you do not want your breasts to sag.
Hope we now know some truths to some of the myths. Know what is good and what is not for your baby and act upon accordingly.