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Myths about Infants

                         

Common Myths About Infants

 

·      My baby is spoiled.

Not True.  Infants have needs and the only way they can express their needs are to cry or make noises.  “But my baby quits crying when I pick him/her up”.  Then you have met his/her need for that moment.  The infant may need comfort and that is what you are giving them by picking them up or talking to them and by the touch of your hand.  Spoiling a child occurs later when you do not set boundaries or you over indulge.

 

·      Babies need water when it's hot.

Not true.   According Live Science, babies, like children and adults, need to stay hydrated. In some instances, a pediatrician may recommend giving a baby an oral rehydration solution. But most of the time, a baby's fluids should come from breast milk or formula.

Since a baby doesn't yet have fully functioning kidneys, her body isn't prepared to excrete water. As a result, it can cause an imbalance of electrolytes and sodium. A baby can start sipping water occasionally around six months, but check with the doctor first. After age 1, she can sip it more regularly.

 

·      Infants and toddlers need a diet high in fat.

True.   Earlier generations were spot on with the use of whole milk for babies.  Fat is an essential part of an infant’s brain development.   Until age two, babies should be eating and drinking “full fat” products such as whole milk and regular yogurt not low fat or reduced fat like their adult caregivers.  Some pediatricians even feel you should go with the higher fat diet until age three.  Avocados are a food you may not think to feed your infant but they are high in “good fat” and fiber with out a strong flavor.  Many babies enjoy their creamy taste and smooth texture.  

·      You do not need to practice language communication with your baby until age two when they can repeat back what you’re teaching them.

Not True.   Your child’s first experience with the spoken language began in the womb. Although your child may not understand the actual words you are speaking it can most certainly understand tone and inflection.   It is a well know fact that early speech and communication skills can be linked to success in interpersonal skills in childhood and later in life. Begin from day one talking to your baby and start reading early in their first year.  It is never too early to start teaching communication

Test your parenting knowledge on (infancy)

 

 

                   Test your Parenting I.Q.

 

1.  Your newborn/infant should always sleep on their stomach.

 

2.  How many ounces of water should your infant drink a day?

            A.  2 oz.                    C. 0 oz.

            B.  4 oz.                    D.  As much as they want

 

3.  My three-month-old child is spoiled.  She cries until I pick her up.

 

4.  If I put my baby to sleep later, she’ll sleep later in the morning.

 

5.  My baby’s nutritional needs, up to age four months, can be met solely through breast milk or formula. 

 

6.  Baby bottles and nipples should be sterilized?

 

7.  Babies only need bathed two or three times per week.

 

 

 

                     Answers

 

1.     FALSE. Your infant should never be put on their stomach to sleep.  Studies have linked stomach sleeping to S.I.D.S.  Always put your infant on their back to go to sleep.

2.     C. 0 oz..  An infant’s source of hydration should come from breast milk or formula until after six months of age and only in limited quantities until age one.

3.    FALSE.  Infants often cry to have their needs met.  When the infant stops crying it is an indication that their need has been bet. 

4.     FALSE.  That is only wishful thinking on part of parents.  Letting your infant get ‘over tired’ only makes the routine of bedtime more stressful.  Some  babies do best with a bedtime as early as 7pm. 

5.     TRUE.  Babies develop at different times but the general rule of thumb is between four to six months they are ready to be introduced to solid foods. 

6.     FALSE.  Bottles that are washed and dried correctly or washed in the dishwasher are sufficiently clean for baby. 

7.     TRUE.  Babies do not sweet the way adults do therefore every two to three days is a schedule and will ensure your baby’s skin does not dry out.

               

 

 

 

References:

http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/babyfoodmyths.htm#.Uk67zhb-DHg

http://www.livescience.com/36786-baby-myths-debunked.html

http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/sleep/sleep-myth.html

http://www.babycenter.com/0_age-by-age-guide-to-feeding-your-baby_1400680.bc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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