As babies grow, the list of what can go wrong just grows with it. This is why it’s important for parents to pay close attention to a pediatrician’s guidance—and to take a baby to a pediatrician regularly! This is a basic need that should be addressed.
If babies don’t receive the proper care, they are at risk for a number of issues. Think about all of the germs that little ones come into contact with. They need to be going to the doctor to prevent any serious diseases. There are other precautions for other situations.
Now, we know this probably isn’t what parents want to hear. Some of the things that they do—or don’t do—to their babies can play a significant role in the baby’s development. Plenty of parents are truly doing their best, and their children are thriving.
Other parents seem to be falling short, which results in some issues. There are a handful of conditions that babies are at risk of, simply because their parents are too hands-off. We get that parents are tired and have a lot on their plates. Some of a baby’s requirements can influence how they turn out later in life, though!
Let’s take a look at these different problems and how they might be able to be avoided.
15 Late Talker—Not As Good As It Sounds
We often hear parents complaining about their children talking non-stop. This is especially true at bedtime or when the family is in a quiet place, such as a church or a meeting. Well, the alternative is much worse.
Sometimes, children just naturally learn to talk later than the kids their age. It can usually be corrected with speech therapy or time. In other cases, the parents are to blame. How does this happen?
Well, language development is in the hands of the parents, to an extent.
Children learn from seeing and hearing others speak. When a toddler sees his parents talking, he will catch on. Parents might slow the speech process if they are constantly using complicated words that the child can’t understand. This can also happen if the caretakers don’t communicate in front of the child enough.
14 Shaken Baby Syndrome Will Shake You Up
Most parents have been warned of shaken baby syndrome at one point or another. Shaken baby syndrome occurs when a baby suffers serious head injury or trauma. This is very serious, and it could end with permanent brain damage or death. Parents need to be educated on what this can do to their little ones if they aren’t careful.
Shaken baby syndrome can happen due to a variety of different causes. One of the biggest ones is parents innocently playing with their child. If things get too rough, babies’ heads and brains can suffer the consequences.
This scary situation can also be caused by a parent physically harming a baby. This happens sometimes when parents get angry that the baby is crying uncontrollably. Instead of looking for a solution, they might hurt the infant, which could result in shaken baby syndrome.
13 Positional Asphyxia Is As Scary As It Sounds
Positional asphyxia is caused by a lack of airflow to one’s body. This can happen to anyone, but it’s definitely most frequent in infants. It can even be a cause of death in infants and young children, so it’s important that parents get into action to prevent it.
It’s not always a parent’s fault when a baby deals with positional asphyxia, but there are some things that parents should do to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.
It might be caused by too many blankets in a baby’s crib.
This could be a parent’s fault if it’s a late night and they are too lazy to remove the blankets. Maybe the baby is wrapped up in a blanket and sleeping well. A parent wouldn’t want to wake the baby and have to deal with the consequences.
12 The Dreaded Diaper Rash
Diaper rash—in general—is caused by soiled diapers being left on for too long. Sometimes, life will get busy and a parent will forget to change a baby’s diaper. If this happens once or twice, it shouldn’t be a big deal. It becomes more complicated if it becomes a pattern.
Usually, when a diaper is left on for a while, there’s a chance for diaper rash to develop. This is a painful rash for babies. It can typically be treated at home with some cream and regular diaper-free time. Nonetheless, it can lead to a nearly inconsolable baby.
This uncomfortable condition can be avoided if parents change the little one’s diaper more frequently. One of the reasons that it might happen is that a parent is being lazy and doesn’t want to do the work.
11 Container Baby Syndrome Isn't For The Faint Of Heart
There are so many cool seats available for babies! Bouncers, swings, car seats and more are great in some situations. It’s easy for mama to place baby in the swing for a few minutes while she catches up on chores. What’s not so great is when the new mom gets lazy and leaves the baby in one of these “containers” for too long.
When babies aren’t held, they could develop an attachment disorder.
They will also miss out on important social and bonding skills. One of the biggest issues is that babies are often restricted, as far as movement is concerned.
Movement is an important part of development and growth. If infants can’t kick their legs because of a “container’s” straps and buckles, they might get container baby syndrome. Swings aren’t bad for short periods of time!
10 Child Attachment Disorder—Hold Your Baby!
Some of us have heard stories of babies in orphanages in other countries. They are often unable to be held by the orphanage employees, so they never get used to being cuddled or rocked. This leads to bonding issues between the child and anyone they come into contact with.
The same thing can happen when babies are not held regularly. If babies are not held, they won’t get used to positive human contact. This can have lasting effects on small children, which can influence their relationships later in life. It’s necessary for parents to hold their children and to bond with them.
Babies should also be held to help promote healthy brain development. There are many positives to holding an infant—and they far outweigh leaving the baby in a crib all day.
9 Intertrigo Interruptions
Some parents argue that little ones don’t really need baths. They argue that the baby is clean enough because they don’t go outside. Babies also have sensitive skin, so some parents don’t believe that they should wash the delicate skin. Plus, who would want to get rid of that fresh baby scent?
Well, avoiding bathing a baby can actually have some pretty bad consequences.
One of these is intertrigo. This causes a baby to get red skin in their folds.
This is where the skin rubs together and retains the most moisture. Sometimes, babies will even get yeast germs growing in their skin folds.
It’s necessary for parents to actually give their infants baths. This doesn’t have to be—and it shouldn’t be—every day. Laziness can cause this and other skin concerns in babies.
8 Flat Head—AKA Plagiocephaly
Flat head syndrome is a common issue that occurs in babies. It’s where a part of their head becomes flat. This is because their skulls are pliable from the beginning of their lives. When a baby is lying down for too long, their head has a chance of becoming flat in one area.
Sometimes this just happens from normal sleeping positions. In other cases, it can occur because parents do not hold their babies enough. If a little one is constantly lying down in a crib, they will likely end up with a flat head. This is another reason why babies should be held more often.
If the issue doesn’t work itself out, babies will have to be treated by doctors. This often results in a helmet for the baby to wear.
7 UTI Matters
Though anyone can get a urinary tract infection, us ladies are more susceptible to them. Anyone who has had one can say that they are extremely annoying and painful. We surely wouldn’t want infants or toddlers to have to battle through them as well. Another negative piece is that they have no way of telling their parents that there is an issue!
Babies can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to diaper problems. UTIs are another condition caused by infrequent diaper changes.
Parents need to keep up with diaper changes and keep everything nice and clean. If not, their babies could end up with UTIs. Antibiotics are required to treat the issue, so a UTI means a trip to the doctor’s office. It’s easier to just change a diaper.
6 TV Trauma
Every parent needs a break once in a while, so that’s why plenty of parents are guilty of this one. Luckily, this will only cause a real problem if it becomes a pattern. If a child is constantly in front of the TV, they are at risk for a number of different negative effects.
These issues include language problems, reading difficulties, and short-term memory. As expected, these challenges can last a lifetime. It’s important to keep little ones away from screens of all kinds until they are about 18 months old.
Sometimes, parents will get too lazy to deal with a child. They might not feel like entertaining the kiddo. This is when they commonly choose to plop them in front of a TV. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but it isn’t!
5 Yeast Infections Galore
This is yet another issue that can be caused by a lack of diaper changes. When a baby sits in a dirty or wet diaper for too long, they might develop a yeast infection. This is a pretty big deal and needs to be treated by a doctor. Not to mention, it’s uncomfortable for the little one, too.
Diaper-related issues can often be avoided by more frequent diaper changes. If babies have to wear soiled diapers for long periods of time, there will likely be problems. If it’s every once in a while, it’s not going to be a huge deal.
The issue occurs when parents get too lazy to change the dirty diaper. At this point, there’s nothing that a baby can do about the discomfort and the chance for an infection.
4 Late To The Walking Game
Children learn to walk at different ages. This might be at 10 months old or 15 months old. In most cases, doctors are not too concerned about a baby being a little bit late to the walking game. It can truly vary, based on a baby’s interests and strengths.
Well, parents play an important role in little ones learning how to walk. They basically have to show a baby how to begin walking.
If a parent isn’t into that or is too lazy to help out here, a toddler might start walking later than is healthy.
As with many other things, children learn by example. If they are not being shown how to do something, they may not engage. A small amount of encouragement can go a long way for a kiddo just starting to become mobile!
3 Social Anxiety—Here In The Long Run
Sometimes, parents can be responsible for a child’s lifelong struggles. Social anxiety is one of those. This can be cured over time or with therapy, but some people do struggle with it from the time that they are little. Social anxiety is the fear of social situations.
If parents do not talk to their children—from a very young age—children can fall behind on developmental milestones, such as talking. As we probably know, talking is a huge piece of socializing. Once children get out into the world, they will be lacking in social skills.
Additionally, some parents do not give their little ones very much social interaction. This often occurs when they do not realize the importance of taking a baby out or giving them experiences outside of the home.
2 Distorted Teeth—Ditch That Binky
Parents often give their children binkies or pacifiers from day one. It’s a classic baby item. Some hospitals even give them out when babies are born! They aren’t necessarily bad in and of themselves. The problem occurs when parents won’t take their child’s binky away.
If a little one uses a pacifier—or sucks their thumb—for too long, it can begin to interfere with their teeth.
This can result in distorted teeth or other dental issues. It might be hard to take a binky away, but it’s worth it!
It’s important for parents to begin limiting a child’s pacifier time when they are two years old. By the time a child turns four, they should no longer be using a pacifier. This might vary by pediatricians, but it is the general guideline for binkies.
1 Gum Disease—Brush From The Start
Who would have thought that a baby’s gums need to be brushed? It might not seem very useful, which is why some parents skip out on it. Lazy parents tend to ignore what’s going to take too much time or energy. There are some pretty good reasons to be brushing a little one’s gums—even before they begin teething.
When parents don’t brush a baby’s gums, they are setting their baby up for gum disease. This can result in pain and discomfort for the baby. If a little one ends up with gum disease, they might have difficulties when their teeth start coming in.
Not to mention, gum brushing is a good habit to get into. This will help when it comes time for children to begin brushing their teeth.
References: Patient, Baby Your Baby, Dr. Bailey Skincare, Scientific American, Healthy Children, Baby Center
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