Doctors Warn New Moms: 15 Things That Are Dangerous For babies!
1-DON’T OVER BUNDLE THE BABY
For some reason, whenever there’s a chill in the air, parents think that they need to excessively bundle up their newborns. Hats, big, furry coveralls, fleece-lined blankets, insulated car seat liners… They wrap their babies up as if they are going to be sitting on an iceberg in the South Pole. While of course, you want to make sure your little one is warm and cozy, you definitely don’t want to overdo it.
If your baby is too bundled up, it can lead to serious health issues and even death. Why? – Because there’s a change that she could overheat or even become asphyxiated. Newborns can’t regulate their body temperature, and when they’re over-bundled, it’s even harder. Their temperature could become dangerously high, which could cause a range of complications. Add to that the fact that all of those layers could literally smother the baby and too much bundling is beyond dangerous.
As a general rule of thumb, dress your newborn one layer warmer than what is comfortable for you. Also, make sure you keep tabs on your little one’s temperature by checking her neck; if it’s hot and sweaty, she’s too warm.
Diaper changing is not rocket science but can seem so at first. Parents are generally awkward and a little afraid of this task in the beginning. The first and foremost thing that you need to keep in mind is to diaper a baby correctly until the umbilical cord has dried and fallen off.
Never fasten a diaper over the umbilical cord clip but always below it. There should be no added pressure put on that area.
There are a few other things that you should always keep in mind. Always wipe a soiled diaper from front to back, especially for baby girls, to avoid any infection.
Always make sure to pat the area dry before putting on a fresh diaper. If the baby has a diaper rash, take extra precautions, so that a full or soiled diaper doesn’t intensify the rash. You should keep rash ointment handy at all times, so that even a small rash doesn’t get worse. Also avoid any scented soap or diapers until the rash is fully gone.
Screens are firmly in right now and are part of our culture, whether we like it or not. And even if we are not actively watching the TV, it’s always playing in the background and the smallest residents of our houses are watching it. Babies are drawn to the sights and sounds of the bright blurbs of color moving across the magic picture window, and they can easily spend hours watching TV without really comprehending what’s actually playing until they’re closer to age two.
After age two, studies have shown that two hours a day of educational television (such as Sesame Street) can actually benefit children and help their language skills. But TV before two for any period of time can actually slow down those language skills, creating delayed speech problems later on.
4-USING A BATH SEAT
Once a newborn’s umbilical stump heals, new parents rejoice because they can forego the sponge bath and finally give their little one a proper bath. However, once they start the bath, many parents quickly realize that it’s a lot trickier than they thought it would be. Newborns don’t have the strength to support themselves, which means they have to be supported. Enter a bath seat. These devices are intended to cradle and support the baby while she’s in the tub or sink, allowing mom or dad to have use of both arms. However, while it might seem like these seats would make bath time easier and safer, they can actually make it more dangerous. Here’s why: bath seats give a false sense of security; while it might seem like the baby is safe and secure, she can actually tip to the front or side, becoming fully submerged in the water. Should you have your head turned for just a few seconds while grabbing the soap, your little one could drown.
5-REUSING FORMULA OR BREASTMILK
When anyone else doesn’t finish their meal, it gets wrapped up and put in the fridge for later. While leftovers might be safe for older children and adults, for newborns, leftovers are a big no-no.
It’s tempting to save that bottle of formula or breastmilk that your little one only took a few sips of, and totally understandable. Formula is expensive, and the very act of pumping breastmilk makes it more valuable than liquid gold. Why wouldn’t you want to save either one? While it might be painful to dump used formula or breastmilk, when you consider the fact that the moment a bottle hits your little one’s mouth, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria that could potentially cause viral or bacterial infections that might land your little one in the hospital, saving it just isn’t worth it.