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15 Ways Parents Can Harm Their Baby

15 Ways Parents Can Harm Their Baby


Knowingly or unknowingly, tired and sleep deprived parents may do certain things with a baby that could be harmful for her. Certain actions of parents leave a lasting impact on the mind and body of the child. These effects might not be visible early on, but at a later stage it might start showing up gradually.

Nearly all parents would never think of doing anything that would intentionally harm the baby, but it just happens when they lose their temper, are distracted or even being playful, that they do something unthinking, only to regret it later. Parents need to be highly sensitive when taking care of a baby, especially when the child is less than two-years old.>

All new parents are confused and not very confident of their parenting skills. They depend on the advice given by grandparents, relatives, friends, books and the internet . While all the advice is heard, they need to think it out more than twice before following it or even better consult the pediatrician.

When a baby comes into the life of a couple, it overhauls their lifestyle and they both need to make sure that nothing affects the peace of the household. Most parents want to be super moms or super dads and they sometimes take more than they can manage on their plate. This not only affects them, but also the baby.

When the parents realize that their baby is crying all the time and they are unable to keep her from crying, it is about time to seek support from family and friends. After all, nothing is more important than the baby’s well being.

15 Shaking The Baby

Shaken Baby Syndrome is something that most people are aware of. Shaking the baby is equivalent to putting his or her life in danger. It could prove to be fatal as well. Parents may shake the baby in anger and frustration, but they need to be alert enough to understand that it is dangerous.

Even minor shaking is harmful and may lead to brain injury or it may cause damage to blood vessels in the eyes.

Shaking the baby destroys cells in the brain and disrupts the oxygen supply to the brain. Sometimes the injuries might not be noticeable immediately, but over time the child develops health and behavior problems. If the parent is unable to provide care to a baby alone, then there is nothing wrong in seeking help from other family members.

Parents who are prone to getting angry and abusing the baby by violent shaking should seek medical or psychiatric help so that the baby does not suffer.

14 Putting Pressure On The Baby’s Head

It is good to know for new parents that the skull formation is incomplete on the head of a newborn. There are two small gaps in the skull where the brain isn’t protected. So the possibility of injuring the brain is higher when it is not sealed completely. Parents should not put any pressure or pat an infant firmly on the head.

They need to be gentle until the skull is complete and takes its shape.

The soft spots at the top of the head are called fontanelles and the spot on the back of the head is called the posterior fontanelle. The baby’s soft head bones change shape and allow for a certain amount of compression for coming through the birth canal. The soft spot at the top of the head closes completely after 12 to 18 months.

Until then, the parents should be careful and should not let anyone pat on the baby on the head.

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