There are so many challenges that appear when you become a parent. This is a time when you are really happy, when all you want to do is celebrate the birth of a new baby and do things right. Unfortunately, this is much easier said than done.
There are countless mistakes parents make when raising a newborn baby. However, the following are not always known and should be.
Allowing Anyone To Kiss The Baby
As a parent, it is highly fulfilling to see people that are doting around the newborn. Babies are lovable and cute so people should really enjoy them, right? Wrong.
People can appear to be completely healthy but it is possible they carry around some diseases, like Herpes Simplex Virus. This is completely invisible and there are now outward signs. The baby can end up infected, which is definitely not what you want to see happen.
Having The Baby Sleep On The Tummy
It is important to be careful with the sleeping habits of the baby. Most mothers these days know that babies should not sleep on their tummies because it can be fatal. Those that sleep on the stomach are at a high risk of ending up dead because of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). That is because they end up rebreathing carbon dioxide, which cuts off oxygen supply.
Overdressing The Baby
Many parents think it is the right choice to put more clothes on the baby. This is especially the case when the weather is cold. It is important to keep the child warm and safe but over-bundling is a very bad idea. The baby should be dressed just like you dress yourself.
The problem with overdressing is that the body of the baby ends up overheating. He/she ends up with higher temperatures than what would be uncomfortable. It is even possible it can lead to SIDS since there is lower space available for movement. This is fatal or just harmful for the baby.
Forget A Doctor’s Appointment
You should never miss a doctor’s appointment, even if it seems as being a really simple thing. The problem when you miss the appointment is that you can miss out on baby development stages or physical exam monitoring. Also, after a pediatrician appointment is missed, you can easily end up missing another one. In order for a follow up to happen, the initial checkup has to be done. This is especially the case when referring to immunizations.
Use Crib Bumpers
There are crib bedding sets and cribs that have bumpers. These are cushiony, firm linings that are there to keep the child safe. At first glance, this is a great safety precaution but bumpers can easily hurt the child. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies can actually end up trapped in the bumpers. Even fresh air flow can be cut off for the baby crib.
Ignoring The Child When Crying
If you allow the baby to keep crying there is a risk that brain development problems will appear. If the child keeps crying without attention or pause, stress levels are heightened. Stress rise leads to various different problems. Also, as the baby grows, he/she gets used to neglect and less attention, which is definitely not what you want the baby to feel.