4 Things we should avoid with our baby

4 Things we should avoid with our baby

Babies should be held, carried and hugged, first, because they need it and, second, because the enjoyment is infinite for parents. What things are we not doing well?

As parents, we always want the best for our children. There are things that, although they have been done “always”, are worth rethinking. It is about reflecting on whether we are really doing it right or not. In raising children, the parental instinct can help us a lot to make the best decisions.

1. Avoid carrying it in your arms or carrying it

A very frequent “advice” from grandmothers, friends and relatives is “don’t take the child who is going to get used to it”. There is nothing worse as a mother than being told not to do something that really comes from within, from the most instinctive and which is, why not say it, the most pleasant: mother-child contact.
Physical contact is as necessary for physical and emotional development as food. And both one and the other are on demand, that is, they are offered based on what the child needs or, in the case of physical contact, what the mother also needs to develop her role, her instinct and strengthen the link. We can say that there is no limit to excess, but there are negative repercussions if this contact is scarce.
Babies should be held, carried and hugged , first, because they need it and, second, because the enjoyment is infinite for parents. Also, the time of this intense need for contact is very short-lived and, sadly, it never comes back. That’s right, the baby stage is not infinite, it is limited, short but intense. This seed of mother-child contact strengthens the bond between the two, favors and stimulates breastfeeding and emotionally nourishes mother and child.
Backpacks and handkerchiefs can help us a lot. Of course, we must bear in mind that we should not carry or carry the baby in our arms if we are cooking or carrying dangerous things, such as toxic or very hot substances.

2. Shake the baby

Babies are very fragile and sudden movements can cause injuries , sometimes serious. Some people think that shaking can calm the baby, others even believe that he may like it and others can do it because they become impatient and get carried away by nervousness.
It is a very dangerous practice that is classified as a form of child abuse since it can cause internal brain and eye injuries that are known as the “shaken baby syndrome” . It is the most common cause of severe head injuries in infants, before the year.
It is a phenomenon that occurs more frequently in children under six months but can also be seen in older babies, when they are played with recklessly, throwing them upwards. The neck muscles of infants and children under five years of age are too weak to adequately control the weight of the head. If they are shaken and the head is shaken rapidly back and forth, it causes the brain to hit the wall of the skull and can suffer neurological and ocular injuries with their consequent sequelae.

3. Leave him alone in the car

Leaving small children in the car is never a good option as they expose themselves to serious health hazards. Sometimes, you may think that nothing happens for a quick errand, but this is not the case at all. The most serious situations are the forgetfulness of babies inside the car that, on some occasion, end with a sad outcome.
Leaving children in the car is like leaving them inside an oven. The temperature inside a vehicle increases a lot in relation to the outside, especially if the sun shines on it. Car windows act like a greenhouse, trapping light and quickly heating up the interior. For example, if the outside temperature is 27ºC, the interior can reach 55ºC in just 10 minutes.
In this way, babies can raise their body temperature to 41ºC quickly. Such a high body temperature can cause heat stroke (headache and vomiting), brain damage, dehydration, seizures, or cardiac arrest.
To avoid “forgetting”, always remember to check the back or even leave your bag, house keys or coat behind to force you to focus on the rear seats before leaving the vehicle.
It is also important when you get home to lock the car and not leave it within the reach of the little ones. When children grow up, as part of driver education, we have to explain to them the dangers of getting trapped inside the car.

4. Abuse of colognes and cosmetics

Babies do not need creams or perfumes applied daily . In fact, many components of cosmetics (although they are formulated, theoretically, for babies) are toxic and their potential toxicity is absorbed through the delicate skin of babies or orally, due to the tendency to suck the areas within their reach. They must be used rationally and abuse avoided , since their use beyond hygienic purposes (quantity of products or number of daily uses) can harm the baby.
The reasons to be very aware of what we apply to our children on the skin (moisturisers, oils, soaps or diaper creams) are:

  • The baby’s skin is much more permeable than that of the adult since its stratum corneum is thinner.
  • The organs are more immature , more sensitive to toxins and the ability to metabolize some absorbed components is more difficult.
  • The diaper area is permanently occluded and wet on many occasions, which favors absorption.

We must therefore opt for products that are as natural as possible, avoid applying mineral oils (derived from petroleum) and replace them with almond oil , for example. The use of wipes should be occasional and, if used, choose the most natural ones. The colognes should not be put directly on the skin (we can occasionally put them on clothing). The use of creams should be done when necessary, that is, when the diaper area is irritated and not daily.
Some ingredients that we must detect in the containers to avoid applying to the skin of babies are: PEGs, parabens, phenoxyethanol, ethylene oxide, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, BDP, DUB), the SLS/SLES, the DEA, TEA, and MEA, and the word fragrance or perfume.

What you should know…

  • Babies should be held, carried and hugged, first, because they need it and, second, because the enjoyment is infinite for parents.
  • On the other hand, shaking the baby is a very dangerous practice that is classified as a form of child abuse since it can cause internal brain and eye injuries that are known as the “shaken or shaken baby syndrome”.
  • Babies do not need creams or perfumes applied to them every day. In fact, many components of cosmetics (even if they are theoretically formulated for babies) are toxic and their potential toxicity is absorbed through the delicate skin or orally.
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