12 Parenting Mistakes Parents Should Learn Up by Heart
Everyone learns how to solve many equations in school, how to go by the rules. While this does help in preparing them for the challenges they will face in their future professions, it doesn’t teach them how to be parents. Young couples are usually clueless about what to do or how to behave when they have a baby. Most of the time, they will receive suggestions and advice from experienced neighbors and relatives. But, these often turn out to be pretty useless which is why it is better not to follow them. There is no doubt that there is going to be many parenting mistakes when you have a newborn.
Fortunately, there is list of the most common parenting mistakes which you can learn about and avoid yourself, to raise your kid right.
1Assuming that a pacifier is bad for baby, it may not
The opinions about pacifiers being harmful for babies are nothing more than exaggerations. A baby’s sucking reflex can be satisfied with a pacifier. It even reduces the risk of the baby putting something dirty or dangerous into their mouths. But, there is still a looming doubt about the impact of pacifiers on the child’s teeth and speech articulation. While there haven’t been much conclusive findings on this topic, there is some indirect evidence that allowing your child to use pacifiers beyond the age of 5 years can affect your child’s malocclusion and speech articulation.
Pacifiers can sometimes become one of the causes of otitis media. Pediatricians suggest not allowing your baby to use a pacifier for more than 6 hours straight. In fact, most kids give up using their pacifiers between the ages of 2 and 4. Remember to always use the right-sized pacifier as per your baby’s age and to keep the pacifiers clean at all times.
2Trying to over protect your child from catching cold
Colds are normal for everyone, and even doctors say that they are normal for kids as well. When a kid catches a cold and their body resists the infection and recovers, it develops immunity. Your kid might even fall sick once in every month because 6-12 viral diseases per year is somewhat of a standard norm for them. But, how fast your child recovers from these diseases is what you should be paying attention to. It shouldn’t take more than 7-8 days for them to make a full recovery. Nevertheless, you should watch out for any complications.
3Assuming a baby has just one fontanelle
When parents hold their newborn baby in their arms, they are always very careful to not harm their baby’s fontanelle. A common myth surrounding this is that- interacting with the fontanelle can somehow damage the little one’s brain. For those of you that don’t know, the fontanelle is a place on a newborn’s head which is covered with a thick tissue. It’s also the area where several bones of the skull join. However, the movable bones of the skull allow the baby’s head to change shape and pass through the narrow birth canal.
Parents only know of one soft spot on the top when in reality there are 6 of them. Out of these the 4 smallest closes up before birth or within the first 3 days after birth. After birth, the baby has 2 more “open” soft spots- the frontal and occipital ones. Parents need to be careful with these 2 particular fontanelles. But, actions like, drying with a towel, combing, or kissing won’t cause any harm to them.
4Preventing children from interacting with animals for fear of germs
One way to strengthen your kid’s immune system is by getting a pet like a dog. Your new furry four-legged family member is bound to bring some dirt into the household which your kid will come into contact with. Thus, their bodies will eventually develop immunity and become stronger. Stopping all communication with animals are parenting mistakes you should not make.