The child does not have time to be born, and the parents are already just starting to go crazy with the advice of grandmothers, acquaintances and neighbors: “don’t do it”, “don’t do this”, “don’t feed”, “be sure to do it”, “otherwise the child will develop well "and so on. And if parents still come across gullible, and besides superstitious, then they will have to go out of their way to do everything "right."
Children are surrounded by myths and superstitions from the moment they are in the womb. But even more signs explain how to properly handle newborn babies. Do they make sense?
You cannot visit a newborn baby for 40 days. Initially, this omen had a mystical character. It was believed that a child can be jinxed. Now many also observe it, but already on the basis of hygiene requirements, since newborns can easily pick up any infection. If a person is sick or has a cold, then it is unlikely that the thought will occur to him to go to the house where the child has just been born. But in fact, in order to visit a newborn, it is not necessary to wait 40 days. Usually relatives and close friends come to look at babies no later than a week from the moment of birth.
The kid needs absolute cleanliness around. After reading the above phrase, the imagination immediately draws a baby lying under a glass cover, where no bacteria or microbe can get. And let's think about what will happen if this cap is removed - the baby simply will not survive, because his body absolutely does not know how to exist in the world familiar to us. As soon as a child is born, he immediately begins to develop immunity to all kinds of infections and bacteria. And if there are animals in the house where the baby grows, then the chances of becoming an asthmatic or allergic person are sharply reduced. Therefore, raise and educate your child in an environment familiar and natural for you. But do not forget that the first weeks in a baby's life should be special, you will have to take special care of him: often wash clothes without powder and iron it on both sides, carefully handle the navel until it heals, bathe the baby and gradually to master the new role of parents. The pediatrician will help you and answer all questions related to caring for your newborn.
The child only needs specialized cosmetics. But in reality, if your child grows healthy and strong, there are no irritations and rashes on his skin, then, starting from three months, daily bathing and air baths will be enough.
The baby should not be thrown after sunset, otherwise it will not sleep well. It is generally not recommended to toss newborns frequently. This can be done only as one of the exercises of active gymnastics, and even then after consulting a doctor. Here it is not about the sunset, but about the fact that the child needs to spend time calmly before going to bed, and not fly up to the ceiling. If the child is tossed before bedtime, then he too may sleep poorly. But here everything is individual. There are kids who, after active gymnastics, sleep like angels.
Do not kiss babies because they can become dumb. Complete nonsense! All mothers kiss their crumbs, and if 1 child in a million is destined to be dumb, then kissing has nothing to do with it. This myth can only be justified by the rules of hygiene. This means that it is better not to allow someone outside the family to kiss your child, as well as in the morning, when you have not yet had time to brush your teeth.
If the girl is like his father and the boy is like his mother, then they will be happy. This myth is widespread in our time, but it is not genetically confirmed by anything. By the way, the appearance of children changes dramatically during the first years of life. For example, when the girl was born, she was a copy of her dad, and by the age of 2, more of her mother's features were traced in her facial features than her father's.
Until the child begins to speak, he should not be fed with either fish soup or fish. It was believed that the child would then be silent for a long time or speak poorly. Probably, this myth started due to the fact that the fish is silent. There is no evidence to support this claim. But it happens that children begin to speak at a year or two. And then what to do? Pediatricians recommend introducing fish into a child's diet in the absence of allergies already from 8 months, since it plays an important role in the formation of teeth and bones.
Cow's milk is better than artificial formula. This is a fairly common misconception. If the mother does not have enough milk or does not have it at all, then the child needs to be fed with milk formula. But often parents give in to the persuasions of grandmothers that cow's milk is the most useful, that in villages all children grow up from birth on cow's milk and they are in good health. A child should be introduced to cow's milk upon reaching 6-8 months. The fact is that cow's milk is a very difficult food for a newborn and it is very difficult to digest it for a baby's still unripe stomach. In addition, cow's milk contains about 20 allergens. And compared to formula milk, milk contains very few vitamins necessary for a newborn and can even lead to the development of rickets, since it interferes with the absorption of calcium.
Eating coserved food. Today the advertising world is replete with videos about healthy, high-quality and balanced baby food and many mothers trust what is said on TV screens. Moreover, it is so convenient to buy ready-made products or semi-finished products, not to waste time preparing food for the child and to pay more attention to other matters and concerns. However, do not forget that homemade food will bring much more benefits to the baby, and in terms of its taste and nutritional qualities it surpasses analogues from the store shelves.
A lot of vitamins never hurt. None of the parents wants his child to have vitamin deficiency, therefore, in order to avoid such a problem, they try to feed the child with all kinds of vitamins or foods rich in them. Few know that this can lead to hypervitaminosis. But such a diagnosis already requires special treatment. Therefore, do not forget to ask a specialist for advice about the need for taking vitamins or vitamin supplements for your child.
When the child takes the first steps, you need to draw a knife or click with scissors between his feet. It was recommended to do this in order to cut the fetters that prevent the baby from walking. Some people still believe in this myth. But most parents do nothing of the kind, and their children begin to walk no later than others and no worse.
The child needs to train the joints. It should not be forgotten that the joints of a child under two years old are not yet strong enough and not fully formed, therefore, with sudden movements, you can stretch the ligaments or simply dislocate the arm or leg. You should also not shake the child sharply, because in this way he can also be harmed.
A massage is always useful for a child. Many parents know that massage is really useful and helps the baby to develop faster, but many mothers immediately after leaving the hospital begin to massage their baby. You cannot do this! The entire first year of your life is watched by a specialist pediatrician and only he can prescribe a massage procedure if there are special indications. The course does not exceed 20 days, at the end of which it is necessary to take a break for 2-3 weeks. Of course, no one canceled light strokes and gentle touches, but still, before starting to experiment, it is better to consult a doctor.
A disposable diaper is bad for babies. Mothers very often have to listen to "fairy tales" that boys in the future may develop infertility due to overheating of the testicles. But this fear is unfounded. Firstly, the gonads in babies are not yet fully developed, and the thermal effect on the testicles is dangerous, starting from adolescence. Secondly, with proper use of diapers, overheating, in principle, cannot be. The diaper is designed for a maximum of 4 hours during the day and 9 hours at night. Therefore, with a timely change of the diaper, the child feels very comfortable in it.
Young children should not have their hair cut until one year old. This myth is old and originates in the customs of the ancient Slavs. According to custom, the child was cut when he was one year old, which symbolized the final acceptance of the baby into the family. Now there is no special need for this, if the child was born with thick hair or by the summer he has already grown long hair, then it is quite permissible to cut him at any age before the age of 1 year.
Small children should be left to sleep in the crib. This statement is incorrect and, most likely, it was invented by those who have no time to devote time to children or they simply do not want to do it. The child has been with you for 9 months, and now, when he was born, he feels left alone alone. He wants to hear his mother's voice, smell her. Leaving a child alone, you make him unhappy, make him cry, as a result of which he may have mental problems in the future. If you are an ardent opponent of motion sickness, then you can simply take the baby in your arms or lie down next to him and sing a lullaby.
Newborns must wear a hat on their heads. This is not particularly necessary if the room is kept at a normal temperature and there are no drafts. But on the street, it is better for a child to wear a light hat, even if there is an unbearable heat.
Advance in development is beneficial for the child. All parents want their child to develop faster and better than others, and this is understandable and does not require additional explanation. But all children are different and by a certain age they level out. Therefore, there is no need to rush things and try to put the baby on its feet earlier than 8-9 months. After all, haste can lead to serious consequences, such as deformity of the foot, curvature of the spine, and subsequently to a damaged posture.