Pediatricians are supposed to be experts at handling babies. They have gone through years of medical training, seen and treated countless babies, and interacted with many parents. Even if some do not have babies of their own, they are arguably more equipped at handling children than mothers are. They are also the best source of information on anything regarding babies.
Moms can take many things for granted and brush off taking the baby to the pediatrician’s office. However, they should realize that some mistakes they make could be harmful to the baby. Veteran moms can get away with a few mishaps here and there but first-time moms should always consult with the doctor if unsure of a certain thing. Most pediatricians do not mind frequent visits and calls though moms should try to avoid calling or asking for visits late at night.
Moms also forget that pediatricians know so much about their tiny human beings and can shy away from asking even the silliest of questions. Moms should not hesitate to ask their children’s doctors even the most obvious of things. Moms should be confident about bringing up any baby related matters to any medical professional they encounter. These can range from baby products, feeding schedules, entertainment, and any other concerns mom might have.
Nonetheless, as a point of reference, here are 20 things moms would never catch this educated professional pediatrician mama doing.
20 Compromise On Car Seat Safety
Pediatricians are well aware of the importance of safety when traveling with children and this is something they would never compromise on. Babies need to be always strapped on when traveling in a car. A pediatrician will even go the extra mile to ensure their children have the right car seats for their age and size.
Most hospitals require parents to take their baby home in a car seat. A good number of parents will wait until the last minute to purchase and install a car seat and the majority end up installing it incorrectly. Reading manuals can help parents figure out how to install a car seat correctly and safely, according to edition.cnn. They can also ask for assistance.
19 A Baby Likes Soft Things — But Not When They Sleep
Parents should always keep their babies’ cribs or sleeping areas free from soft objects and loose beddings because they can inadvertently lead to some negative consequences. This is why pediatricians would never use blankets, pillows, or quilts on their little one’s crib.
According to npr.org, there are parents who use soft beddings in their infant’s cribs despite this warning. They assume that the products are safe because of their availability in baby shops for parents to purchase. Instead of loose beddings, parents should dress their babies in warm clothing or use wearable blankets or sleeping sacks.
18 Forget To Burp The Baby
A mom should always remember to burp her newborn after every feeding session and sometimes in between sessions. Burping helps get rid of the air that babies swallow when feeding. Pediatricians are well aware of the various ways of burping a baby and would never do it incorrectly. Many parents make the mistake of forgetting to burp their babies while some remember but do it incorrectly.
When this happens, a baby will end up spitting or having a wet burp. Some may even get fussy because they are not comfortable as noted by KidsHealth. To avoid all this, parents should ensure they hold the baby high up on their chest and gently rub their backs to help them burp. They can also lay them on their laps with their belly down and maintain this position until the baby burps. Sometimes it might take longer to get a baby to burp, but it is always a good idea to wait for a baby to burp before putting them down especially for a nap.
17 Leave Baby In Full Diaper
Pediatricians are well aware of the dangers of leaving babies with wet diapers for too long, so they avoid it and do their best to inform most of their clients. Some parents like waiting for their baby to have a bowel movement so that they can change their diaper. This is not advisable; mom should change her baby's diapers every two to three hours especially during the first few months, according to Romper.
If the baby goes for number two, then it is best to change the diaper immediately. The acid content present in the body’s waste can irritate the baby’s skin and cause a rash or infection. Diapers left for too long can also leak and therefore give mom more work to clean and change the baby.
16 Or Have Diaper Mishaps
Changing diapers is not as easy as people think it is, new moms can easily get many things wrong when changing their baby’s first diapers. Girls and boys require different techniques when attending to their diaper needs; pediatricians know this and therefore never confuse the two techniques.
For boys, moms have to wipe the scrotum region thoroughly while with girls, they must wipe while moving away from their girl parts. Girls tend to behave better than the boys while baby boys are curious and have a tendency of peeing when they sense some cool air. Moms should always anticipate this, as noted by mymommystyle.com.
15 Allowing A Baby To Sleep Too Long Without Feeding
It is common for parents of newborns to let their young ones sleep for long. When babies are newly born, they are sometimes unable to wake up and feed. Moms occasionally have to wake them up. It is important that mom feeds her baby frequently and pediatricians know this, which is why they would never skip a feeding.
According to MayoClinic, newborns need eight to twelve feedings in a day, which means they should feed every two to three hours. When most babies are born, they lose a few pounds and feeding frequently helps them regain it back. Nevertheless, as babies grow, they tend to establish feeding routines and will not need mom to wake them up to feed.
14 Shaking A Baby Is A Hard NO
Pediatricians would never shake babies and they will always warn parents against it. First-time parents may not know that tossing a newborn up in the air, playing rough games with them or shaking them out of anger or frustrations can harm their brains and cause permanent disabilities, according to Caring for Kids.
Babies have bigger heads in comparison to the rest of their bodies and their necks are relatively weak, therefore, they are not able to control their head movements. When shaken, their heads also move back and forth which can cause their brains to move as well. Parents with children below one year should avoid this at all cost.
13 Pass On Tummy Time
Many parents worry about the safety of their children and opt to always leave them lying on their backs. Pediatricians, on the other hand, would never do this because they know the importance of tummy time. It is important for moms to put their babies on tummy time soon after birth.
Tummy time involves letting the baby lie on his or her stomach while awake and supervised. Some babies fuss when placed in this position but with time they get used to it. As claimed by TheBump, tummy time helps babies strengthen their neck and head muscles which leads to gaining head control. Tummy time also helps them learn how to roll, sit up, crawl and eventually walk.
12 Not Feed Baby On Demand
Some moms focus too much on feeding their babies at certain times that they forget to feed them on demand. Feeding on demand simply means feeding the baby when they show signs of hunger. Pediatricians know the importance of this and would never a hungry baby.
Babies always show hunger cues when they are hungry; they will smack their lips, suck on their hands, fuss and eventually start crying if not fed immediately. According to BabyCenter, babies have tiny stomachs and need to feed on a regular basis. Therefore, if a baby is hungry, moms should not wait until the next appointed time of feeding; they should go ahead and feed their babies immediately.
11 Shush Everyone When Baby Is Asleep
Pediatricians do not recommend asking people to keep quiet around the house when the baby is taking his or her afternoon nap. According to You Are Mom, moms should avoid shushing people during their babies nap times so that they can differentiate between day and night.
When babies are born, they do not know the difference between day and night and this is one of the reasons they always wake up several times at night. Therefore, by allowing them to sleep through noises during their daytime naps, they are able to differentiate between day and night. Maintaining absolute silence can be a problem because the slightest amount of noise will always startle the baby.
10 Lax On Proper Feeding
Mixing baby formula can become a monotonous routine and it is easy for parents to lose sight of what amounts they are putting in the bottle. As claimed by edition.cnn, the wrong balance of formula and water can cause nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, or other severe illnesses and pediatricians would never want this to happen.
Parents can overly dilute a feeding that the baby ends up not getting enough of the nutrients. Moms need to be precise and follow instructions when mixing formula. A breastfeeding mom should also ensure that her baby empties one before shifting to the next so that they can get to the hindmilk, which is normally thicker and more nutritious.
9 Not Allow Anyone Else To Hold Baby
Pediatricians know the importance of not being too overprotective of a baby and would ideally never do it with their own kids. First-time moms especially are too protective of their kids. They are normally afraid that other people can make their babies sick so they limit the number of people who can hold or snuggle their newborn.
Such should not be the case. Moms who are scared of germs can enforce hygiene measures. It is okay for someone who is clean and not sick to touch the baby. Letting other people hold a baby is something new parents should practice and if for nothing else, at least allow it to give themselves a break as stated by The Stork List.
8 Taking Baby To Crowded Places
Some parents will allow too many people to come to see the baby and others will go along with their baby to every gathering. A pediatrician will never do this one mistake. Babies are born with very low immunity and in their first months of life, parents should avoid exposing them to airborne germs and bacteria according to Kids Health; they can easily get sick.
A newborn can also become overstimulated when he or she meets many people at once. This can lead them to fussiness and crying. However, parents should always look for opportunities to take walks with their babies in the neighborhood.
7 Deny Baby A Pacifier
The [US] Academy of Family Physicians recommends that mothers be educated about pacifiers and not shy away from using them. Pediatricians would never dismiss using pacifiers because of the benefits they have. Pacifiers offered at the onset of sleep help to reduce the risk of SIDS. The can also be used to soothe a fussy baby.
According to mayoclinic.com, pediatricians use pacifiers to distract babies and relieve them of the pain of minor procedures. On the downside, if usage is prolonged, pacifiers can cause dental issues; so in order to prevent this, moms should ensure that they stop or limit their use after the first six months of life.
6 Compare Their Baby With Others
Pediatricians will never compare babies because they are well aware that babies do not all develop at the same rate. Many moms tend to compare their babies to other babies who are the same age as theirs. For example, the will ask themselves questions such as; why is my neighbor’s baby sleeping through the night and mine is not? Moreover, why is mine taking too much time to start teething?
Moms need to know that milestone guidelines are set for them to monitor if their babies are developing properly and not all babies follow these guidelines. As stated by Parents, babies develop at their own pace and as long as the baby is within the required timeframe then they are okay.
5 Forget To Wash Hands Before Handling A Baby
Whether a pediatrician at home or at work, they will never forget to wash their hands before they handle a baby. It is very easy for moms to slack a few times on this especially after a long day of taking care of the baby.
As stated by BabyCenter, pediatricians will always recommend anyone touching the baby to wash their hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap as it helps prevent the spread of common infections such as colds, flu, and coughs that cause sickness, vomiting, and running stomachs. Moms should also be keen on washing their hands after every diaper change to avoid spreading germs.
4 Ignore Your Fever, But Not Thiers
Pediatricians know that when a three-month-old baby or younger develops a fever of 100.4 degrees and above, they are an emergency case and therefore they would never ignore a temperature rise in a baby. Parents will commonly ignore their own symptoms when they feel sick but if their baby has a high temperature, they should take him or her to the hospital.
According to Piedmont.com, a baby’s immune system is not strong enough to fight infections and by taking them to the hospital, the doctor is able to figure out how to get them back on the road to good health. It is important for parents to make sure that they have a thermometer nearby.
3 Not Taking Advantage Of The Times Baby Is Asleep To Sleep
New parents prefer catching up on house chores immediately they put their baby to sleep. Pediatricians would never recommend doing so. In order for parents to take care of the child, they need to take care of their own health and wellness and this means catching up on sleep when the baby is also asleep.
According to sleep.org, babies do not have the circadian rhythm of adults and will always wake up after every three to four hours, even during the night. Therefore, because mommy will have to wake up for night shifts as well, she should get as much sleep as possible.
2 Neglecting A Baby’s Oral Care
Pediatricians are keen on encouraging good health and practicing proper hygiene around babies and therefore they would never neglect the oral care of their own child as well as that of their patients’ children. Many parents neglect their baby’s oral hygiene simply because they do not have teeth to maintain.
It is a good idea for parents to get into the habit of cleaning their babies’ gums soon after birth. Parents should wipe their baby’s gums and tongue with a piece of gauze or soft cloth dipped in warm water after their last feeding at night, as pointed out by aboutkidshealth.com.
Many moms panic over the smallest of situations. This is one mistake a pediatrician will never do because they have the knowledge capacity on everything baby so it is very unlikely for them to panic when something goes wrong with the baby. It is common for first-time parents to panic probably because they are new to their new responsibility.
According to BabyCenter, everything takes practice, even handling and taking care of a baby. Things normally get easier with time. First-time moms can keep a pediatrician on speed dial so that he or she can clear any doubts, questions, and concerns that may crop up.
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