The arrival of the baby into the house besides bringing a sense of happiness, also invites confusion to new parents. I mean to add information by listening to lots of people, reading many books, and watching lots of television shows around babies. However, it is even more confusing advice. So as not to be too confused, refer to the four following baby myths.
1. Babies need a bowel movement once a day
Young parents think that their baby is constipated, but not, said Andrew Adesman, MD, head of child development and behavior at Schneider Children’s Hospital, in New York. The baby’s digestive tract does experience movement every day, but sometimes new babies can defecate every 3-4 days, and this can take around 2-3 months. If the movements in the digestive tract are tough and irregular, or you see blood in the diaper, contact your child’s doctor immediately.
2. Babies must be bathed every day
As you know, bathing can reduce moisture on the skin, both for adults and for babies. Because the baby’s skin is very vulnerable and thin, bathing too often can cause dry and irritated skin. Plus, sitting in soapy water can hurt the urethra’s ducts of a baby girl, and can lead to urinary tract infections. As long as the baby is not too dirty or sticky because too much powder or lotion is given, you just wipe it, no need to bathe it too often, explained Adesman.
3. Babies who develop faster than normal, are more talented
Often parents put very high hopes that their children can walk or talk at a very young age, if possible faster than the average another baby. With hope, if he can make motoric movements faster, it means he will be smarter than other children. In fact, in some cases, this kind of “achievement” is actually a potential problem. For example, when the child shows a tendency to use the right or left hand before the age of 18 months, then there is something that must be examined. At that age, the child is actually learning to coordinate the right and left the brain, each of which controls his left hand and right hand.
4. Touching the softest part of the head will hurt the baby’s brain
The fontanel, or the soft part on the front of the baby’s head, is the open part of the skull that is not tightly closed, but is covered by the skin. That part looks very vulnerable, so parents are very afraid of that part. Even though the part is actually quite safe. Usually, the part will be entirely closed by the skull at the age of 1 year, while the soft portion on the back of the head will be closed at the age of the baby stepping on 2-3 months.