Caring for the baby, young parents often act on a hunch and usually are not mistaken. But sometimes, alas, self-confidence can play a trick with moms and dads, and their carelessness can jeopardize the health, and even the life of the child.
1. Dummy on a lace
For some reason, it is believed: if you hang a string with a dummy on your baby’s neck, this accessory will not get lost when it falls out of your mouth at a sleepy baby. What’s the use? The baby will still not be able to independently find the dummy and shove it in her mouth again.
So in any case, he will cry until one of the senior family members comes to his aid. But the main thing is that the lace can become dangerous: the baby can get confused in it. With a favorable set of circumstances, abrasions or cuts form on the skin, with an unfavorable one – this can lead to suffocation. Therefore, to fix the nipples, it is more correct to use a soft strap on the clip, which comes unfastened when tensioned.
2. Baby with a bottle in the crib
It happens that parents, trying to remake a lot of things at the same time, give the baby a bottle in the crib and, having propped it up with a roller or soft toy so that the food arrives without interruptions, leave the baby alone with this device. It is very dangerous! Imagine what will happen if he chokes or the support accidentally finds itself in a position that will prevent the baby from breathing. In the first case, the baby can choke, in the second – suffocate. Therefore, until the child is 8-9 months old and he has not learned to hold the bottle in his hands, you can not leave him alone with the bottle. Yes, and later this is better not to do.
It is recommended to feed the baby always in one place, and put him to sleep in another. No wonder, after all, highchairs and cribs were invented. In addition, feeding time is a great opportunity to pick up the baby in your arms, chat with him and show how you love him.
3 soothing teas
Some parents, so that the child falls asleep faster and sleeps better at night, give him soothing teas or a light sleeping pill in the form of an antihistamine. They are absolutely wrong! It is impossible to give any, even seemingly the most harmless, medicine without consulting a doctor.
First you need to understand why the baby does not sleep well at night and does not fall asleep for a long time, and then prescribe medications. And only a doctor can do this. In addition, it often turns out that our ideas about what a baby should be like do not correspond to the age-related physiological norm. If you want to establish a baby’s sleep, try to adjust his daily routine and adjust the regime of the family’s day as a whole.
4. Light in the nursery all night
The light left in the nursery for the whole night does not benefit the child. Growth hormone is better produced in the dark. For your convenience, you can lay the baby in the soft “masked” lighting of the night light or in the light from the corridor. But as soon as the baby falls asleep, the light should be removed, especially since the fear of the dark can appear in children at an older age.
5. Night porridge
Do not give porridge or sweet water to your baby during night feedings. You should not be guided by popular wisdom in this matter: for a child to learn to sleep all night long, he must grow up a little. For nightly feeding, only breast milk or adaptive milk formula is suitable. Porridge and other complementary foods should be used only during the day: experts say that these products are not physiological for night feedings, since the digestive organs must work seriously to assimilate them.
Sweet water is the cause of tooth decay. As you know, sugar creates a favorable environment for the reproduction of any microbes. Night awakenings in the second half of life with the right diet are not associated with night hunger, but with the unavailability of the nervous system for prolonged uninterrupted night sleep or the fact that the child is accustomed to night feedings.
For bathing, choose anatomical baths that repeat the shape of the body of the crumbs and thereby provide it with greater safety. If the baby is reclining on a bathing stand, the water level should not be higher than his navel. Otherwise, the baby may inadvertently “dive” under the water.
6. Change of brand of milk formula
Only a doctor should select the infant formula for the baby. Parents should not take initiative in this matter, much less change the brand of the mixture, even if the crumbs have any problems, for example, with digestion. The fact is that artificial mixtures of the same age category for healthy babies have almost the same formulation. Switching to a product from another manufacturer is unlikely to produce a tangible effect. Replace the milk mixture is necessary only if the baby has serious violations. For example, when the baby spits up profusely, the doctor recommends an antireflux mixture, with severe allergies – hypoallergenic, etc. But again, it is up to the doctor to decide whether the child needs the treatment mixture, and not the mother or grandmother.
7. Warm up, we all in the microwave
Alas, this method of quick, almost instantaneous heating of food has significant drawbacks: while the milk has already been warmed up, the bottle still remains cold, in addition, the contents of the bottle may become uneven. That is why, taking the container out of the microwave, it is recommended to shake it vigorously and drop a little liquid on your wrist – so you will make sure that the mixture has not heated too much. The same precautions should be taken if the bottle is heated in hot water. A special bottle warmer will help to avoid such problems. By setting the desired temperature, you can be calm: the mixture will not overheat, even if you are late in time to remove the bottle from the heater.
8. Sleep on your tummy
While the baby has not learned to independently roll over from the abdomen to the back, that is, on average up to 4-5 months, you can not put him to sleep on his stomach: in this position, the baby can suffocate. So very young children should sleep on their backs or on their sides. Lay crumbs on the stomach should be when he is awake. In this position, he can at the same time not only play, but also train the muscles of the back, neck, arms.
9. Waking Flights
Kids are very fond of heights and are filled with a happy laugh when they are thrown up. Here are adults, trying to give the little one pleasure, and are happy to try. On the one hand, such “flights” are for the good: they help train the vestibular apparatus, activate the activity of the cardiovascular system, and the child experiences a short-term and unusual for him weightlessness state. On the other hand, in young children, fun borders on overexcitation, and besides, if you throw the baby up too high, there is a risk that it will “fly” past the hands of an adult and fall. This is fraught with serious injuries. Keep in mind that a sudden and energetic tossing of a child can scare him. During such entertainments, make sure that there are no protruding corners near, on top – low hanging lamps, and below – a solid surface. Stop without waiting
10. “Sitting” training
You can not sit the child at an angle of 90 °, until he learned to do it on his own. Usually this skill comes in 6 months. Up to this age, the muscles, ligaments, spine and hip joints are not adapted to such loads. If it’s time to sit down, the baby is healthy, but “lazy”, call for help massage and gymnastics.
11. Alone on the changing table
This is the most common adult mistake. All adults, of course, know that leaving the baby alone on the changing table, even if it was required to run away for just a second, is by no means possible, but continues to do so with enviable constancy. And kids get injuries of varying severity. If you need to turn away in order to get something, always hold the child with your hand, do not answer the phone. The doorbell rang? Take the baby in your arms and go with it to open it.
According to statistics, most accidents that occur with babies happen at home in the presence of adults.
12. Stimulation of the stool
Fearing difficulties in the work of the intestine, other parents are ready to stimulate its cleansing without any special needs. Before resorting to such methods, you should make sure that the crumbs really have constipation (this does not happen so often). In any case, the first thing you should consult a pediatrician. Perhaps it will be possible to cope with difficulties by increasing the share of fruits, vegetables, prunes in the baby’s menu. If this measure does not take effect, the doctor will select the treatment.
13. Does iodine help?
Do not treat shallow wounds in a baby with iodine. Iodine and other alcohol-containing agents can cause a chemical burn in the application area. In addition, if the antiseptic contains a dye, it is difficult to control the state of the wound, so you can skip the signs of inflammation. Therefore, use colorless antiseptics without alcohol based on chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide.
14. People walk in the mountains
Grudnichkov is better not to take with you to the mountains. Dilute air will not do the tiniest good. Even at low altitude, the baby will lack oxygen.
15. The sun can hurt
Ultraviolet light stimulates the production of vitamin D, which the children need so much, but the cells responsible for the production of the melanin pigment in infants still do not work at full strength. For this reason, the baby’s body cannot protect itself from the harmful effects of sunlight, for example, from sunburn. In addition, thermoregulation in very young children differs from thermoregulation in adults, therefore, in infants there is a high risk of overheating. Even if you are in the shade with your child, use sunscreens with the highest UV index.