Most doctors ask their patients questions that eventually turns into a discussion about how to raise a child and what not to do when taking care of them. Some will think, “I need to get out of here,” while the rest will be thankful for the tips on how to take care of their little ones better! Moms should always prepare themselves for someone else’s opinion on how to raise their child. This happens more than often than you would think. Sometimes the information given to you is helpful.
The Pediatrician will ask you things like how often your child is drinking juice or how you discipline your child, simply to see how you will answer, and then offer some guidance on what they think may benefit you as a parent. There is no handbook to this thing we call being a mom! We are flying by the seat of our pants when it comes to how we raise our precious children. Next time you have a good visit with your doctor or pediatrician blow them away by having a list of questions for them. Your Doctor is an open book of knowledge, in turn, this may help you become a better parent for your child or children.
15 Using Baby Powder Without Knowing The Risks
Changing a diaper should be like changing a tire at a pit stop in NASCAR 1… 2… 3... However, things sometimes get in the way of that. You should know that the next time you change your child you may want to think twice about how your powdering that tiny hiney!
Baby powder is made for babies, right? Let’s go over the steps in how we would powder a baby bottom, shall we? Making sure the child has a clean, dry bottom is very important. Then we get into using products, including powder. Some people shake the baby powder on, while others puff the bottle so that it dusts their baby’s bottom.
Well ladies and gentlemen, doing any of this could cause your child’s lungs to fill up with the particles, creating damage. The powder could also dry up the mucous membranes in their throats and cause breathing issues. So, do you still think baby powder is still for babies? I hope not! Using baby powder on your child is very dangerous, and doctors warn against using this product at all.
14 Putting The Baby In A Bath Seat
Millennial parents are getting all kinds of fancy infant bath seats. Some of which sit your baby up the entire time. In a perfect world these seats should practically give the baby a bath for us; however, we have to realize that this is not the situation.
Baby bath seats come in fun shapes; I have seen ones in the shape of a whale or bright blue and lime green. Doctors worry that depending on how big the baby is; it can become very uneven and tip over - especially when not put in the bath right. Plus, if tipping over wasn’t bad enough, depending on how tiny the baby is, there have been incidents of babies somehow sliding out of them.
This happening could hurt the child in several ways including, hitting their heads off of the tubs or, even worse, infant drowning. Babies need to be monitored in the tub at all times during bath time. Parents should be alert and attentive when putting a child in a tub regardless of how much water they put in it. Babies can drown in even an inch of water. This is a major thing almost any doctor will bring up as being unacceptable!
13 Breastfeeding In Bed
Being responsible for feeding your little one is a big job, especially when the production belongs to us moms. We are always on call! For some babies, every two hours is on demand and seems like an eternity when we are up throughout the night. We often feel overwhelmed enough to let our children sleep with us so that the process of having to get up out of bed each time is cut in half. Some of us even sleep so that we can just pop our girls out in our sleep, whenever it’s needed where ever it is needed your baby is now the boss!
Some worry comes to mind when we think about breastfeeding our child in bed. Our pediatricians will suggest highly that we don’t sleep with our children in any circumstances because of suffocation concerns; this includes sleeping with them due to having to breastfeed them. There is always that chance that your little one could slip out of position, and you falling asleep could make them choke on milk, or be suffocated by accident.
12 Giving The Baby A Smooch On The Lips
Being affectionate with your baby is such a wonderful joy in life. Some moms have pretty mixed feelings about who they want to see or touch the baby, so as you can imagine the same would apply to those who are kissing the newborn. You would not believe how many strangers come up to a baby, for example, in the grocery store or at the park and give them a smooch on their forehead! Babies bring out the affectionate side in a lot of people.
There are a lot of pediatricians that are up in arms about kissing a child on their face during their first year of life; some are even saying it’s the cause of death spreading viruses. While other doctors are saying that a little kiss wouldn’t hurt because it could strengthen their immune system. This would be a personal choice that you would need to make. However, keep in mind that anyone could have a commonly known spreadable germ called Herpes. This is something someone may not even know they have.
11 Introducing Solid Foods Too Early
There is a reason newborns get formula or are breastfed; While at a young age, they learn to suck and swallow, but they are not typically using their tongue muscles. Babies don’t eat solid foods until they are typically about 4 to 6 months old because they can now control the muscles in their tongue.
This being said, newborns don’t push their food to the back of their mouths so they can’t swallow it, and there is a good possibility choking could happen. It’s also because the child has to chew food that isn’t liquid this could cause what’s called aspiration. This is when someone takes in a breath of air, and a piece of something (such as materials or food) gets stuck behind the trachea. You can commonly hear someone say, “I ate something, and it went down the wrong pipe.”
10 And Giving The Baby Way Too Much Juice
Children between the ages of 1-3 and who are allowed to drink juice should be limited to a cup a day, and in most households, this doesn’t happen. Sometimes 3-4 cups of juice are given as a drink. Water is very important; most pediatricians will even recommend cutting the juice with water to dilute the acidity of the juice.
A lot of times we are so busy in life that brushing a child’s teeth is something we remind ourselves we have to do. Therefore it becomes an afterthought. Juice itself could cause tooth decay or damage to the enamel on their teeth, and especially children’s teeth because they can become rotted - otherwise known as bottle rot - which could also affect their adult teeth when they come in.
Children’s teeth are very soft and could rot quickly from the acid in the juices. Flavored waters could be very good for a child that is used to tasting flavorful drinks to wean them off of the many cups of juice that they may be consuming in a day. Personally, I have a nephew and a Godson who had bottle rot; it’s no joke and could even cause a baby to need dental surgery.
9 Propping The Bottle Up
How many of you moms have ever propped your newborn's bottle? I know your all sitting there quietly raising your hands. Well, ladies and gents, this is a very common mistake we make. New parents try to make sure they do everything by the books, while us moms who have had a few children are reminiscing about what sleep was like “back in the day” before we had our babies. I know a few people who have used the receiving blankets to hold up a few bottles while they caught a few more minutes of well-deserved rest, however, while that may make sense in our minds our pediatricians are telling us that this could be very hazardous to our little fellas or little lady’s health.
Depending on the circumstances your baby could very well be over fed simply by the prop of the bottle. You might not even think about this fun fact if you prop the bottle for your child your increasing the chances of ear infection as well as tooth decay! How you ask? Well, the extra suction the child makes increases the pressure behind the drum of their ear making it easier to create an infection. A child that’s a little older might get what’s known as bottle rot or tooth decay, by letting the bottle sit in his or her mouth too long. And last but certainly not least, your sweet baby could choke by having the bottle in their mouth without you monitoring how quickly they are receiving their formula.
8 There Is A Wrong Way To Use A Baby Sling
Moms all over the world can be seen “wearing their baby.” This is a tool we all have recently been seeing everyone wearing like it's a fashion accessory and is great for multitasking. Dishes and laundry can be done while wearing a baby in a sling. All types of slings can be purchased for newborns, toddlers, and children. They came in all types of fabric and designed to fit any type of personality. Even dads are doing it!
We are here to warn you about what doctors are concerned about the most with using these slings; it’s because some moms are wearing them too tight. Babies, sadly, could lose their precious little lives if they are worn improperly. This is because it could cause the baby to overheat, or even smoother them to the point where there will be no saving them. Be cautious when using this trending item and always wear them only as recommended and read the instructions before use!
7 Putting Fluffy Stuff In The Crib
While, generally, everyone buys you a cute blanket or stuffed animal for your baby, but it’s frowned upon by a lot of doctors to actually place those items into the crib with your little cutie. A lot of times us parents would love to have our babies rooms all done before they come home from the hospital.
We receive all the items for a special theme and don’t think of the bigger picture when it comes time to actually put the baby in with these items. If your child needs comforting, the best thing you could get is a swaddle blanket and wrap them with one so that they feel secure. Putting toys blankets or pillows in with your child is very unsafe and can even lead to what’s known as sudden infant death syndrome.
6 Medicating The Baby
Your cutie pie is not feeling well and needs some type of medication to make them better? We all have been here before. “My poor baby is so sick; I wish there were something I could do for him (or her).” We all make an appointment with our child’s doctor and expect them to give them medication, and against our better judgment they don’t do anything and then say let it run its course or all they can really give is over the counter saline spray.
This could be so frustrating for us parents, however, understanding why they do that may make a huge difference. Sometimes medication has ingredients in it that could be potentially life-threatening to your child. A lot of manufacturers do not test their products on children under two, so they do not have any clinical studies that they can prove if these types of medications work for the age range. Always contact your doctor for recommendations when it comes to any type of medication. Most doctors will warn against giving very young children any type of medication.
5 Walkers Are Banned For A Reason
Using walkers could possibly cause more harm than good. How you ask? Physical therapists and occupational therapists will tell you that a child needs to develop strength in his or her own legs. Using these toys could prevent your little one's ability to progress! Gaining the strength in their legs in sometimes harder than we think, but putting them little cuties in a walker might be holding them back more. The potential of a walker being hazardous is also very high.
Some parents stick their child in a walker as a babysitter, what they don’t realize is that a set of stairs might be in their walking distance or they could roll over their own ankles causing the child to break their ankle. Pediatricians recommend the good ol’ two finger trick, let them hold onto your two fingers while you stand in front of them guiding them and supporting them, while they gain all the confidence they need to soon sprint through the house.
4 Sharing The Bed
How cute your little bundle of joy is! It’s so easy to have him or her right next to you while you sleep. Baby’s wake up so often in their first year of life we feel like a zombie, most of the time. Who knew this little ball of cuteness could be so exhausting? Most of us come up with the plan to have them in bed with us while they are this little because it’s easy to prepare for your night if your baby is easily accessible when they need you to be quick on your feet.
Meantime, you should know your pediatrician cringes at the thought of you co-sleeping with your child. They can picture things like the baby suffocating because they have wrapped themselves up in their blankets or buried themselves in a pile of your pillows. Doctors first warnings about co-parenting are normally that you could roll on top of your child, this would crush them as they are so much smaller than you.
3 Walking Away, Even For A Moment
Splish, splash, we were giving them a bath! Ring, ring, ring, ring, the phone call from an old friend! “Mommy, I need your help with homework!” Or, “Mama can you do this for me?” Life as a mom is always having to try to multitask, even in our hardest moments; so much that we do it in times that are even dangerous! Whether it be two inches of water or two feet - children of any age shouldn’t be left alone or unattended in it.
Babies especially are vulnerable to danger because they can’t depend on themselves. Those super cute baby seats we get at our showers for the bath are fantastic for assisting us to prop our newborns up, but this doesn’t give us the ability to walk away. Personally speaking, infant death is very common when it comes to being unattended in a bathtub. Please be very aware of your child’s well being when you want to give them a bath!
2 The Baby Is Always In Your Arm
New moms often find themselves loving on their baby’s, picking them up every single time they cry or need attention. There is nothing wrong with picking your baby up to hold them for a little bit here and there, but when you hold them for hours on end each day, they tend to get used to being in their mom’s arms and become needy for that type of attention.
A smart pediatrician once told me a baby only cries for three reasons; they are hungry, wet, or tired. When you think your baby could use some TLC and he or she won’t stop crying, do things with them like exercise their limbs, for example. You can stretch their arms and legs, so their mobility starts gaining strength. You can put them on their play mat for some tummy time (don’t ever leave them on their tummies alone, and if they fall asleep turn them on to their back), or in their swings and chairs for some independent, quiet time.
1 Taking Out Your Frustrations
We have all had rough days, and children are allowed to have bad days as well. It’s up to us as parents to make sure we guide our children to be who we want them to be when they grow up. There is a difference between disciplining your child and taking out your frustration on them. Little Billy just smashed your favorite picture frame because he was throwing a temper tantrum over not being allowed to play with his tablet.
The best advice a wise woman once gave me was hold your words and count to ten twice. When you take a moment to collect your thoughts, you tend to make better choices with discipline. Your children need a chance to be children with the proper amount of control. Always use your best judgment when it comes to discipline, if you wouldn’t want someone doing it to you, don’t do it to them!
Doctors also agree that young children do not receive any benefit from being yelled at or being punished. This is especially true for babies. Sometimes a mom may want to yell at her baby for screaming all night, but what is that going to accomplish; the baby screaming even more.
Sources: Webmd.com, MomJunction.com, Time.com, NyTimes.com, ABCNews.go.com, Parenting.com